Pupil Premium Spending at Hodge Clough Primary School

What is Pupil Premium and who is eligible to receive it?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. 

The pupil premium is allocated to children from families who are:

  1. Currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  2. Ever 6 FSM (students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years)
  3. Looked after by the Local Authority (LAC)
  4. Previously looked after children that are now adopted
  5. Currently serving in the armed forces

 Following recently completed consultation by The Department for Education, there are plans to introduce an Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to give additional resources to early year’s providers that take disadvantaged children aged three and four.  Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP.

 

How Pupil Premium helps us to further enhance the curriculum

Teachers throughout school are aware of those children who are in receipt of the funding and are responsible for tracking the progress of these children closely.  Each half term, meetings take place to discuss pupil progress and the impact pupil premium funding is having. At Hodge Clough Primary School we recognise the additional opportunities receiving the pupil premium funding can offer the children.  It helps to further enhance the support we are able to provide for our children in receipt of Free School Meals, Ever 6 and our Looked After Children.  Pupil Premium is therefore a key resource for ensuring the realisation of our inclusive and aspirational ethos.

Pupil Premium funding is used to target individual and groups of children with identified needs, although we are mindful that at the same time it provides wider benefits for other children in the school.  We recognise that children in receipt of Free School Meals and therefore Pupil Premium money, may be of different abilities and therefore our support may be to:

  • narrow the gap and raise attainment for groups of children who are at risk of falling behind their peers;
  • further challenge and support groups of children who are at or above age related expectations;
  • provide curriculum enrichment opportunities (including educational visits & before & after school clubs);
  • provide pastoral care and ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

It also helps us to further enhance the following areas:

  • Have effective systems to track children’s achievement and progress to fulfil their potential;
  • Data analysis to ensure provision is effective and interventions are targeted;
  • Experienced teachers and support staff used to target identified children in a range of ways;
  • Appropriate resources to meet individual needs.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil premium as they see fit. However, we are accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils.  This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.