‘Pupils entitled to Pupil Premium perform as well as their peers at school and the average point score gap between them and other pupils nationally is small.’
WILBURY OFSTED REPORT 2013
What is Pupil Premium?
In April 2011, the Government introduced the Pupil Premium. This additional funding was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who had been in Local Authority Care continuously for more than six months. 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 and those who are not, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. Since its introduction, the eligibility criteria has expanded to include pupils from Service families and pupils who do not currently receive Free School Meals but have done so previously within the past six years. This provision is known as ‘Ever-6’. For those students who are under the care of the local authority or have been adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, the school receives a £1900 to support their progress.
Pupil Premium at Wilbury
At Wilbury, we have high aspirations for our children and believe that no child should be left behind. Since the school is best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility, it is therefore for them to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent.
The Pupil Premium Strategy explains how the funding is to be spent this year at Wilbury, giving the reasons behind the decisions made and when the impact will be monitored.
Currently the school receives £1,320 per child for Pupil Premium (£1,900 for Looked After children) and for the academic year 2015/16 we received £555,675 in total. This was significantly lower than originally expected due to a reduction in the number of families entitled to Pupil Premium. For 2016/17 academic year we are expecting to receive £433,380 based on 327 children’s entitlement. In addition, we receive some Early Years Pupil Premium for children below statutory school age (Nursery).
The accounting of how this additional money has been spent is divided into three areas:
Monitoring Pupil Premium
We maintain records for each ‘Ever 6’ child to ensure that provision is made for them through Pupil Premium. This may be through receiving an intervention to diminish the difference in their attainment compared to others or it may also be ensuring enrichment activities are directed towards this group of children or providing support for costs of specific requirements. By monitoring each child we can try to ensure that no one ‘falls through the net’.
The Impact of Pupil Premium
At Wilbury the outcomes at the end of year 6 continue to show that our students who are eligible for Pupil Premium perform as well as, if not better, than their non-pupil premium counterparts.
Attainment and progress measures showing comparison between children eligible for Pupil Premium and those not eligible
Attainment KS2 2016
Progress kS2 2016
In reading, disadvantaged pupils (those entitled to Pupil Premium) attained higher than the other children and also made better progress from KS1 to KS2 than the ‘others’ – where 0 equals average progress. Similarly in writing, both attainment and progress was better for the disadvantaged group than the others. Only in maths did the ‘other’ group achieve higher than the disadvantaged but progress from KS1 was better for the disadvantaged.
This reflects previous years’ results where there is little or no difference in attainment and progress between those entitled to Pupil Premium and those not entitled by the end of KS2. In almost all areas for the last three years the value added for disadvantaged pupils is either the same as, or better than, those not eligible. This supports the fact that Wilbury is consistent in ensuring that the differences between the disadvantaged children and the other children are diminished.
The table below shows the value added from KS1 to KS2 for our disadvantaged pupils in relation to those ‘other’ children, who are not eligible for Pupil Premium over the last 3 years.