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Pupil Premium

What is 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.

School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.

It is for school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, within the requirements of the conditions of grant.

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas.

  1. High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
  2. Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
  3. Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommend that schools particularly focus their pupil premium on supporting high-quality teaching.

Pupil premium strategy statement to be reviewed on 01/12/23

For more information about how the government allocate funding please click on the link below:

School Context

Knowsley Lane is a one form entry primary school with 266 pupils on roll. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is low (5.2%). The proportion of pupils currently eligible for the pupil premium grant is well above national average (66.8%). Over 95% of children are living in the 30% most deprived area in the UK.

Rationale

Knowsley Lane Primary School is determined that all pupils are given the best possible chance to achieve their full potential through the highest standards of Quality First Teaching, focussed support, curriculum enrichment, and pastoral care. We believe the additional provision delivered through the Pupil Premium funding should be available to all pupils within school who we know to be disadvantaged and vulnerable, irrespective of whether they are eligible for the funding. Indeed, it should be noted, that many of the pupils identified as requiring additional levels of support are not necessarily those who fulfil the FSM eligibility criteria. There is no expectation that all Pupil Premium funded pupils will receive identical support and the allocation of the budget for each pupil feeds into the whole school budget as opposed to being ring fenced. The school considers best ways to allocate Pupil Premium money annually following rigorous data analysis and the careful consideration of the needs of the pupils.

Strategy

We have a clear, strategic 3-part model approach for Pupil Premium funding provision, which focuses on the following:

  • whole-school strategies that impact on all pupils
  • focussed support to target under-performing pupils
  •  specific support targeting pupil premium pupils

Our determined and committed leadership team and wider staff ensure that Pupil Premium funding and provision impacts achievement, attendance and pastoral care. This includes an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium, the Deputy Principal and TLRs responsible for monitoring provision and outcomes, and the wider staff team to implement and evaluate provision. The Principal and Deputy Principal regularly evaluate pupil premium outcomes compared to other pupils in school to ensure the correct strategies and provision are in place.

Please click the link below to see our current Pupil Premium Strategy: