Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
The Pupil Premium
What is the Pupil Premium? The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.
If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been continuously looked after for 6 months (LAC) the school receives an amount per child within our budget. This has risen each year to the current amount of £1345 per child with an extra £310 for children whose parents are in the services. Schools will receive £2,345 for each pupil who has left local authority-care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
Children who have been in local-authority care for one day or more also attract £2,345 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to our school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Other groups that may also be able to access Pupil Premium are children who have been Looked After (LAC) and children of Service Personnel. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
For the Financial Year 2020-21 our school will receive £193,955 of Pupil Premium funding. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is: 40%.
For the Financial Year 2019-20 our school will receive £163,680 of Pupil Premium funding. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is: 36%.
Howitt Primary Community School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps. We also actively promote equality of opportunities for all staff, governors, pupils and parents, creating a harmonious learning community where all can succeed.
We have clear strategic approach to the use of specific pupil premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress.
We do have a named governor who monitors the pupil premium spending and matters relating to pupil premium are reported back to the governing board.
What do we expect to see?
Barriers to learning identified and overcome with targeted specific support so that every child, however financially disadvantaged is able to have full access to our curriculum, extra-curricular activities and where possible support with educational activities at home.
Financial year 2016-2017
In 2017, our outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 for disadvantaged pupils compare favourably with those of all children nationally for maths and reading. Our aim is to continue to narrow the gaps in outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils across the school with a focus on writing and spelling.
Percentage of pupils working at or above the expected standard:
Reading: All pupils: 74% National others: 72% Disadvantaged: 75%
Writing: All pupils: 70% National others: 79% Disadvantaged: 58%
Maths: All pupils: 76% National others: 76% Disadvantaged: 71%
English grammar, punctuation and spelling:
All pupils: 63% Nationa others: 78% Disadvantaged: 54%
Reading, Writing, Maths combined:
All pupils: 65% National others: 60% Disadvantaged: 58%
These are some of the ways in which our disadvantaged children have extra provision:
- Extra intervention groups
- Extra Reading tuition
- More funding for curricular trips and visits
- Forest Schools work
- Nurture provision
- Outdoor learning
- Booster groups after school
- Breakfast Club
- Focused teaching and learning
How the gaps will be narrowed
A member of staff will be tracking all Pupil Premium children using itrack to measure progress made and to track the gap between Pupil Premium children and others nationally to check that it is narrowing.
Class teachers will also be monitoring the progress of children. Those working in intervention groups will also be tracked to monitor progress and the effectiveness of the intervention.
Financial year 2014-2015
- Additional staff 49%
- Training 3%
- Resources 7%
- Attendance and Child Protection Interventions 4%
- Enrichment Activities 10%
- Extra-Curricular Activities 2%
- Breakfast Club 4%
- Reserve 15%
Impact of Pupil Premium Funding 2014-2015
The achievement of disadvantaged children pupils was at least good by the end of KS2. When we compared their results with national results we found them to be equal except for reading, where we were better. The achievement of disadvantaged pupils in KS1 was below that of other pupils nationally.