Pupil Premium Policy

Kingsway Primary School Statement for the Pupil Premium

The ‘Pupil Premium’ is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM (Free School Meals) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. From April 2012, the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (‘ever 6’ pupils). A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

The level of the Pupil Premium set for 2013/14 is currently £900 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals and for pupils in care who had been continuously looked after for six months. It has been increased to £1900 per pupil for 2013/14.

Schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This is to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.

At Kingsway Primary School, the Pupil Premium is used to ensure that all pupils reach their potential, and at least the national expectations for literacy and numeracy levels, regardless of their social situation. Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve L3 at the end of KS1 or L5 at the end of KS2.

This is achieved through using the premium to pay for skilled teaching assistants who are trained to deliver quality intervention programmes aimed at helping children to catch up to the level they should be.

Principles

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. However, priority always goes to children in receipt of FSM.
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This will be through whole school monitoring of data and assessments and in discussion with class teachers. Children who are deemed to be at risk of underachieving will be flagged up and interventions put in place as soon as possible. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time, but will over the course of the year be targeted.

Click here for more information on how we spend Pupil Premium funds.

Reporting

It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to produce regular reports for the Governors on:

  • The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
  • An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support
  • Appeal
  • Any appeals against this policy will be through the governors complaints procedure

The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.