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
Currently the school receives £1,320 per child for Pupil Premium (£1,900 for Looked After children) and for the academic year 2017/18 we received £414,460. This figure is reducing year on year as the rules governing entitlement to benefits change and less families qualify for Pupil Premium. For 2018/19 we are expecting to receive £376,342 based on 282 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 two areas:
* Targeted spending, where money has been used to fund specific resources or strategies to promote the learning, engagement or well-being of individual pupils;
* Disaggregated (shared) spending, where the cost of a resource provided for Pupil Premium recipients as well as pupils not receiving this additional funding has been split between these two categories on a pro rata basis.
It is intended that the reporting of Pupil Premium spending will demonstrate the extent to which it has had a positive impact on the learning, engagement or well-being of its recipients, while ensuring that no individual student or group of students is identifiable. It should also be noted that many benefits of funded activities are not easily quantifiable and that it is rarely possible to identify a comparative outcome resulting from a lack of spending against which to measure the impact of the provision of additional resources.
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 close a gap in their learning, receiving special provision to break down emotional barriers to learning or to improve attitude to learning. 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. The government expectation is that we measure our outcomes for children entitled to Pupil Premium against the national figure for those NOT entitled to it. This is to ensure that our expectations are not too low and that we are expect our PP children to perform as well as, if not better than, the children nationally who are not entitled to PP. Our data shows that we are performing better than this national group at every point except in writing.
KS2 SATs outcomes 2018
% of children achieving age related expectations at the end of year 6
KS2 progress measure
Progress is measured by comparing the average point score (APS) for each child at the end of KS1 (year 2) and their average point score at the end of KS2 (year 6) and then finding the average for all the children which is the school’s progress score. A score of 0.0 means progress is in line with other schools with a similar APS to Wilbury. Below 0.0 means that progress is not so good and above means that progress is better than other schools with similar starting points at the end of KS1. Progress data for Wilbury was excellent for all the children this year but the data shows that PP children made even more progress than the cohort as a whole.
Progress scores 2018 KS1 – KS2