The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It’s allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals.
This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers should check to see if they are entitled. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
At £1,300 per eligible pupil, this money is for schools to decide how to use in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds.
This year we are spending our Pupil Premium funding to enhance our provision in the following ways:
- Funding is allocated following a needs analysis to identify priority classes, groups or individuals. To meet this philosophy at Ball Green we are committed to using the Pupil Premium to employ additional teaching staff (teachers and/or teaching assistants) to enable the school to create smaller class sizes and increased pupil support
- To continue to provide all DAY school educational visits at a reduced cost to parents and to subsidise ALL residential visits by at least 5
- To continue to provide free transport for all educational visits
- To continue to provide an educational visit to London for all year 6 pupils
- To continue to provide additional support staff to work with those children requiring additional support with their learning / social, emotional needs.
- To continue the provision of additional teachers / support staff for pupils in Years 2 & 6 in preparation for their Key Stage 1 & 2 SATs including after school booster sessions
- Opportunities to celebrate different cultures, musical appreciation, sporting challenge, investigation and the arts, including a visit to the theatre for all pupils.
- To purchase a new school uniform / bags for all FS1 pupils and other pupils new to the school throughout the year
- To purchase bespoke uniform for Year 6 pupils
- 2 x full time Home School Link Worker posts specifically to work with those children and their families that require greater level of support
An independent school counselor so pupils and their families do not have to wait to access this service.