Pupil Premium Funding:
The pupil premium is a form of funding in addition to main school funding, to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated directly to schools. It is for schools to decide how the funding will be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupilsfor whom they are responsible. The funding is allocated to schools per FSM pupil. The intended outcome is to close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
Schools currently receive £1320 per disadvantaged child (defined as having had free school meals within the last 6 years or being in care).
Pupils from Service Families
Pupils from Service families also attract Pupil Premium funding at the level of £300 per child. This money is to be used to support pupils’ emotional needs, for example during times of parental deployment or during a move to, or away from our school.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The level of the premium in 2015-2016 is £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM
based on the January 2015 Census, and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months.
In 2013-14 eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
At Moorside Junior School, we recognise that learning to learn skills (metacognition) form a fundamental bedrock for all children. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of current cohorts and is delivered in a flexible manner to engage all children.
We take time to know our children and understand their individual needs, enabling us to identify those at risk of falling behind and those who need additional support to broaden aspirations and love learning.
Through our monitoring of children we identify those who are:-
- Socially disadvantaged
- Have members of their family serving in the armed forces
- Finding aspects of their lives emotionally challenging
We recognise that not all pupils who receive Pupil Premium Funding will be socially disadvantaged. Likewise, not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for Pupil Premium Funding. (We aim to provide additional support as necessary for these children from the school’s delegated budget and not from Pupil Premium Funding).
Our Aim: To close the achievement gap by ensuring that any pupil at risk of underachieving are identified early so that support and intervention is provided for those pupils (In particular those that are on FSM or Looked After Children).
North Yorkshire have their own evidence base on effective strategies to raise achievement and close the gap to support the work in schools in ‘supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils’.
At Moorside, in addition to our pupil premium, we have an exciting funded opportunity to work in a collaborative partnership with schools across the county. This will build on the good work already happening in our school through an ‘Achievement Unlocked’ Collaborative Partnership. This is being led by Marc Rowland, Deputy Director of the National Education Trust, a leading pupil premium consultant with much successful experience of working with schools and local authorities.
The details of the main barriers to educational achievement and how the allocation will be spent to address these areas are outlined in depth through our ‘Achievement Unlocked’ action plan. This also details how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium when this strategy is reviewed in October 2016.To summarise, the schools priorities are:
- Raise aspirations for achievement for children, staff and parents. (This will include training staff to understand and embed a Growth Mindset culture with a firm belief that all children will achieve)
- To improve the children’s Meta-cognition (strategies to learn effectively)
- Encourage all children to be kind, caring and willingly engage in school through improved lunchtime experiences and embedded use of restorative practice
- Embed a culture of collaboration and improvement for all staff across school