The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
It was introduced in April 2011 and the Government believes that this additional 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. It is also allocated for children who have been in looked-after care for 6 months or more.
Funding for 2016 to 2017
Schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1320 for primary-aged pupils
- £935 for secondary-aged pupils.
For 2016 to 2017 our Pupil Premium allocation is £3960
Please click here to read our pupil premium strategy document, which details how we are targeting our funding this year, as well as impact from previous years.
How we have used Pupil Premium Funding
We use this funding to provide direct and in-direct support to ensure good progress for pupils. This has included:
Investing in additional reading and writing training and resources through the Read Write Inc Scheme including 'Fresh Start', which is designed to help pupils in lower Key Stage 2 consolidate their learning and make rapid progress to ensure they achieve the expected outcomes for the end of the year in these areas.
Training a member of staff to deliver the Better Reading scheme, which boosts confidence, fluency and understanding through daily reading at home and in school.
Additional Teaching Assistant hours and a 'Rapid Reading' set of books for guided reading sessions.
Purchasing additional laptops and software to support effective intervention group work
Support to enable eligible pupils to fully participate in the wider life of school, including after school activities and individual music lessons from the Calderdale Music Hub.