Important Message
Parents' Information

The pupil premium grant is spent well and, as a result, disadvantaged pupils make better than expected progress.

Ofsted, 2017

At Someries Infant School, we are committed to ensuring that all pupils have a solid foundation and that the building blocks are secure to enable them to make rapid progress during one of the most vulnerable times in their schooling.

Our strategic focus for how we spend pupil premium grant funding is not solely on what is needed to 'close the gap' in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers. Instead, we also focus on providing experiences that are necessary for disadvantaged pupils - those for whom we recieve pupil premium funding and those for whom we do not - to overcome the lack of experiences they may be exposed to in their wider lives.

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Purpose of Pupil Premium Funding

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 (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introcued in April 2011 and is allocated to school to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM'). However, it is not ring-fenced to those children and can be spent in any way that the school sees fit, so long as the school is able to demonstrate that the specific needs of FSM pupils have been addressed and how this additional - and specific - funding, which is intended to compensate for disadvantage, is being used for this purpose.

School leaders and governing bodies need to ensure that their school is tracking the progress of pupils in receipt of free school meals (FSM) to demonstrate how the school is using the Pupil Premium. It is for the school to determine how best to use the fuding - there is no prescription within allocation(s) other than fuding should not be simply added to the Dedicated Schools Grant budget allocation in order to compensate for any recent financial cutbacks to schools.

From September 2012, school leaders and governing bodies need to ensure that their school is publishing information to parents and carers about how all Pupil Premium funding has been used and what the impact has been on learning, attainment and pupils wellbeing and/ or pastoral care.

We are required to publish the following information about how we use our pupil premium grant.

For the previous academic year, we must report information on:

  • How the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • The impact of that expenditure on eligible and other pupils

For the current academic year, we must publish our pupil premium strategy setting out:

  • The amount of the school’s pupil premium allocation
  • A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils of the school
  • How the pupil premium allocation is to be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach
  • How the school is to measure the impact and effect of its expenditure of the pupil premium allocation
  • The date of the school’s next review of its pupil premium strategy

 

Please click here to read our pupil premium policy

Our Context

There are currently 41 pupils attending our school who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, accounting for 23% of the total number of eligible children currently on roll. In addition to this, two pupils are currently in receipt of early years pupil premium funding.

 

There are currently two children on roll at our school who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and no children of service personnel.

 

In the 2018-2019 academic year, Someries Infant School is projected to receive a total of £47,140 in pupil premium grant funding.

 

Funding for CLA pupils does not go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.

 

Our 2018-2019 pupil premium strategy

We are required to publish the following information about how our school is using its pupil premium grant in the current academic year:

  • The amount of the school’s pupil premium allocation
  • A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils of the school
  • How the pupil premium allocation is to be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach
  • How the school is to measure the impact and effect of its expenditure of the pupil premium allocation
  • The date of the school’s next review of its pupil premium strategy

This information can be found in the document our pupil premium strategy which can be downloaded using the link below.

Click here to read our 2018-2019 pupil premium strategy

Evaluation of our 2017-2018 pupil premium strategy

We are required to publish the following information about how our school used its pupil premium grant in the previous academic year:

  • How the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • The impact of that expenditure on eligible and other pupils

This information can be found in the documents below.

Click here to read our 2017-2018 pupil premium strategy document