Pupil Premium at Grenoside Community Primary School
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between pupils from low-income and other disadvantaged families, and their peers. If a pupil has been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years; have been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After), or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for pupils who have a parent in the armed services.
Grenoside Community 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. At Grenoside Community Primary School, we use this funding to support spending which benefits eligible children within their cohorts, rather than create individual budgets for each child (although in the assessment of individual needs some personalisation may occur). This spending significantly enhances our capacity to support children with barriers to their learning. 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.
Our determined and committed leadership team and wider staff ensure that Pupil Premium funding and provision impacts on achievement, attendance and pastoral care. This includes an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium, the Deputy-/Co-Head teacher, responsible for monitoring provision and outcomes, and the wider staff team to implement and evaluate provision. The Co-Head teacher, Co-/Deputy-Head and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) regularly evaluate pupil premium outcomes compared to other pupils in school to ensure the correct strategies and provision are in place.