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What is Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools and it is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), children of service families, or who have been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who may not currently be on FSM but have been eligible within the past 6 years.

 

How do eligible children benefit from the grant?

 

Every child is unique and has different needs. At Greenhill, we believe that every child has the right to achieve the best they can and all that we do is aimed at making this possible. We recognise that many children come to us with disadvantages they cannot control and we use the pupil premium grant to give those children additional support. If we judge that a disadvantaged child would benefit from extra help, we will invest part of the grant to support that child in a different way

 

A large part of the grant is spent on additional, qualified staff who work with targeted children. This can be within lessons, one-to-one/small group interventions or "learning surgeries" (where, later the same day, additional support is given to a child who has not progressed as well in the lesson).  All teachers are aware of which children are eligible for pupil premium and monitor their progress carefully to ensure they are working as successfully as all other children. Children who are at risk of falling behind are identified and additional support with specific objectives is timetabled. Children who are eligible for pupil premium form a part of this. This support is reviewed regularly at Pupil Progress Review meetings to ensure it is having the necessary impact.

 

We also allocate a part of the grant to improve life experiences for children. These benefit children in many ways, not just their academic progress. This broad education enables children to draw on their own experiences in a variety of lessons which help them see how their learning fits into the wider world. Additionally, these experiences develop essential life skills such as confidence, resilience, team work and empathy whilst raising aspirations and appreciation of the wider world.  

 

A final part of the grant is allocated to additional specific needs of individual disadvantaged children. These may be acute needs which impact on the ability of a child to progress successfully that we may not be able to support with existing resources.

How much funding does the school receive?

Around £1,000 per eligible pupil is allocated. In 2015/16 we received £222,850 and in 2016/17 we received £218,061.
 

How is the money spent?

The money is spent to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged children based around the priorities that school has identified. Each year, we account for how we have used the additional funding and its effectiveness.

At Greenhill, we use the funds to address the following main barriers to learning faced by our disadvantaged:
 

  • Develop real-life learning experiences to draw upon within lessons
  • Improve vocabulary and language skills
  • Develop basic skills in English and mathematics
  • Support individuals and families with challenges they face which affect learning

 

We allocated the money in the following way:

 

Pupil Premium 2016-2017

Additional teaching staff

£89,961

Additional support staff

£79,400

Learning experiences

£11,800

Other, individual support £31,000

Staff CPD

£5,900

 

 

What has been the impact?
 

Below is a summary of the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant for last year.

How are we planning to spend the Pupil Premium Grant?

 

Below is a summary of our spending action plan.

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