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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional government funding given to schools to help them tackle problems faced by socially disadvantaged children and to close the attainment gap between those children and their peers. Schools are free to use the pupil premium as they see fit but are accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support low income families.

How is Pupil Premium allocated?

The main basis of allocation is an amount paid in respect of each child known to have been eligible for free school meals at any time during the last six years. The principle behind this is that as a group, children eligible for free school meals have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for free school meals. In addition, amounts are paid for looked after children and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Principles for allocating Pupil Premium funding at Bishop's

We have adopted the following principles for ensuring that the use of pupil premium is appropriate to the needs of our School:

  • We recognise that teaching and learning must meet the needs of all pupils.
  • We recognise that there has been a history of lower attainment for socially disadvantaged children. However, not all socially disadvantaged children are in receipt of free school meals or are low attainers. Moreover, low attainment occurs in other social groups and some free school meals children are high attainers. A carefully balanced approach is therefore required.
  • Our allocation of pupil premium to teaching and learning resources will therefore predominantly target low attainment generally, irrespective of social background.
  • Use of pupil premium is subject to continuous close monitoring to ensure that its use is effective.

Pupil Premium Funding at Bishop's

Academic Year

PP funding per pupil

NOR

% PP

School Pupil Pupil Premium Funding

2017/18

£ 1,320

400

34%

£ 157000

 

Pupil Premium Plan 2017 - 18

Description

Rationale

Extended School

The PP funding will be used to provide toast in classes ensuring that all children have access to something to eat at the start of each day. We have also in invested in fruit at breaktime for KS2 in addition to the funded fruit on offer for KS1. Lunchtime provision will also be examined with the Introduction of a lunchtime club, offering pupils the opportunity to have a quieter, calmer lunchtime inside.

Approximate cost - £ 5,000

Financial hardship support

We have allocated £10,000 for the financial year 2017/18 to support children in families experiencing hardship for the cost of uniforms, school meals, after school clubs and school trips.

Widening Aspirations

Parental engagement

The school uses a Family Learning Centre, ‘The Hub’, and has employed a Learning Catalyst to engage parents in supporting their child’s learning. This is imbedded in various schemes such as Curiosity Cafés, Solihull courses, 121 support and other adult learning opportunities. These initiatives enable the school to share its vision of lifelong learning with parents and teachers feeling that this parental engagement is impacting positively on learning in classes.

Approximate cost £ 25,000

Learning Interventions

As a school, we will instigate a range of appropriate intervention groups targeted at specific pupils. We have considered these carefully to ensure they;

This year they include;

Read, Write, Inc interventions

Tapestry

One to One tuition

Supporting targeted children in Yr 6 to attain age related expectations at the end of KS2.

  • Bespoke one-to-one intervention (English or Maths) targeted to the individual needs of the learner
  • Planned in consultation with the child’s Class Teacher

Approximate cost - £37,000

Learning Support Team

 

In addition, the Learning Support team consists of a range of non class based learning support to assist our most vulnerable learners.

This team consists of;

  • Learning Support Co-ordinator
  • Behavioural support
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Solution focused practitioner
  • Play therapist
  • School nurse
  • Gemstone

Approximate cost - £80,000

 

The school commissioned an independent Pupil Premium Audit in Spring 2017 to help evaluate its work in this area and has planned an independent progress review for Summer 2018.

Download our Pupil Premium Review here

The school is using the pupil premium funding well to provide effective support for disadvantaged pupils.

                                                                                   Local Authority Audit November 2015

 

Disadvantaged  pupils in Year 6 made similar progress to other pupils in the school in mathematics and writing, and better progress in reading. Their attainment was a term ahead of their school peers in reading, and half a term ahead in writing and reading.

                                                                                                                              Ofsted September 2014

Pupils at Bishop’s who are eligible for the pupil premium achieve well in comparison to non-pupil premium pupils in their cohort, all children together in their cohort and pupils nationally who are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

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