What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is funding to improve education 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.
Pupil eligibility and funding rates 2021 to 2022
This table shows how much pupil premium funding schools and local authorities receive for each eligible child in 2021 to 2022.
Pupil eligibility and funding rates 2022 to 2023
This table shows how much pupil premium funding schools and local authorities will receive for each eligible child in 2022 to 2023.
Service pupil premium (SPP)
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 schools to manage their spending.
Schools get £310 in 2021 to 2022 and £320 in 2022 to 2023 for every pupil with a parent who:
This funding is to help with pastoral support.
Use of the pupil premium
Funding paid to schools
School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.
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.
Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:
Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:
Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:
Read the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) pupil premium guide for information about the tiered approach to spending.
Funding paid to local authorities for looked after children
Virtual School Heads are responsible for managing the 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 authority’s looked after children.
Further information is available on Virtual School Heads responsibilities for using pupil premium.
Schools do not have to spend pupil premium so it solely benefits eligible pupils. They can use it wherever they identify the greatest need. For example, they might spend it on pupils who do not get free school meals but:
Using pupil premium funding to improve teaching quality is the most effective way to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. By doing so, schools will inevitably benefit non-eligible pupils as well.
How many pupils at Heltwate School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 94 children at Heltwate are eligible for the Pupil Premium – 48% of our pupils.
These numbers do change throughout the year. The school includes disadvantaged post 16 students, but they do not appear in this number.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
When a Housing/Council Tax Benefit form is completed, this automatically entitles child(ren) in the family to receive free school meals. The Council inform the Student Services Team and the school of the child’s entitlement to free school meals. We receive this information automatically.
Parents in receipt of Child Tax credit are required to complete a free school meal application form and we encourage all parents that receive the credit to apply to ensure that the school receives the Premium payment. Due to the introduction of universal free school meals some parents of year 1 and 2 children do not always realise that they are eligible and do not apply
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
At Heltwate School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
We take seriously the performance of all our Students, and “We aim to meet each child’s individual need”. We use the Pupil Premium to improve standards across the school and target the spending power that the Pupil Premium gives.
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