The Pupil Premium for 2016-2017 is a total of £10,560 for 7/8 children.
Every school receives additional government funding which is allocated to support children from lower income families and children of military services families to do their best. This funding is given an amount dependent on a funding formula taken over a six year period of children who are/have received free school meals (FSM). It is the decision of the governors and managers of the school on how this money should be spent to best enhance the education and well-being of the children who qualify for support.
The allocation of money varies year on year and is dependent on the circumstances of children who attend.
Free school meals entitlement is judged on:
- Receipt of Income Support.
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance.
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance.
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed £16,190.
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Provision through the Pupil Premium Grant may include the following types of support:
- Additional support in group or individual situations, aimed at accelerating the progress of pupils, enabling them to reach age-related expectations.
- Additional support in groups or individual situations aimed at overcoming barriers to learning.
- Training and further specialisation for staff support.
- Extending range of experiences.
- Provision of travel for school trips, visits, etc.
- Financial support for accessing provision.
- Provision of specialist equipment.
- Specialised/specific advice for vulnerable learners.
- Extended services provision.
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The management and governors of Dane Ghyll Primary School have prioritised the allocation in the following ways:
- Additional SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator) time.
- Developing speaking and listening higher level skills.
- Employment of a Key Stage One senior teaching assistant to work specifically in literacy and numeracy.
- Increase employment of Key Stage Two senior teaching assistant to be deployed for targeted groups and children.
Key Objectives of Pupil Premium
- Attainment in literacy and numeracy.
- Attainment in communication and language, personal, social, physical and emotional development.
- Support needs.
- To aim to be fair and transparent in the use and distribution of funds.
- Recognising that not all disadvantaged pupils will be socially disadvantaged.
Priorities for Use of Pupil Premium
At Dane Ghyll Primary School, our priorities for using the Pupil Premium are as follows;
- Pupil Performance - To narrow the gap for those pupils not on track to achieve at least expected progress at the end of each year group through the use of targeted and strategic support.
- Enrichment and Extension - Provide enrichment and extension experiences for pupils eligible for FSM, including onsite visitors / offsite visits / support for children needing challenge.
- Social and Emotional Support - Provide additional adult support to help facilitate social and emotional development for identified children.
Provision at Dane Ghyll Primary School
At Dane Ghyll Primary School, the provision we may implement using the Pupil Premium includes:
- Providing additional small groups which are strategic and targeted to identified pupils, aiming to reduce gaps in basic literacy and mathematical skills.
- Providing additional teaching and learning opportunities through the use of expert teachers, STAs and TAs, and any group that could enhance the provision and outcomes for children entitled to the PPG.
- Providing teaching and learning aimed specifically at accelerating progress made by identified children to at least that expected for their age.
- If eligible children have been identified as able, gifted or talented, extra support and teaching will be provided to ensure that those children meet their full potential.
At Dane Ghyll Primary School, we reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of children the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.