Pupil Premium is funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils. The funding is used to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities achieve their full potential and to close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium at Cullingworth Primary
Our Pupils Premium Lead and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children in school is Mrs Louise Woffendin.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy is for 3 years, however, it will be evaluated by Staff and Governors,
Pupil Eligibility and Funding Rates 2021 - 2022
In the 2021 - 2022 financial year, schools will receive £1,345 for pupils in Reception to Year 6 who are eligible for free schools meals or have been at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil identified in the Spring School Census as having left local-authority care due to one of the following:
- A Special Guardianship Order
- A Child Arrangement 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.
Service Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into Pupil Premium payments to make it easier for school to manage their parents.
Schools get £310 in 2021 - 2022 in order to help with pastoral support for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in the HM Forces,
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
Use of Pupil Premium Funding
School leaders assess their pupils' needs and use the funding to improve attainment; drawing on evidence of effective practice. School leaders then use this evidence to determine how to spend the Pupil Premium funding.
Evidence suggests that Pupil Premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching, For more information on the tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending, please read: Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) pupil premium guide
Investing in high-quality teaching. For example:
- Training and professional development for teaching.
- Recruitment and retention.
- Support for teachers in their early career.
2. Targeted Academic Support
Additional support for some pupils focused on their specific needs. For example:
- One-to-one tuition,
- small group tuition,
- speech and language therapy.
3. Wider Approaches
Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour as well as social and emotional challenges. For example:
- school breakfast clubs,
- counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing,
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits.
Funding Paid to Local Authorities for Looked After Children
Virtual School Heads are responsible for managing their funding given to local authorities for the children in their care. They work with schools to ensure the funding is used to help deliver the outcomes identified in the children's personal education plans.
They can pass all of the funding on to schools or retain some to fund activities that will benefit a group, or all, of the authorities looked after children.
For further information on using Pupil Premium funding, please read: Virtual School Heads responsibilities