Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years. The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children of all abilities from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers and to raise attainment.
The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after (CLA) continuously for more than six months and the children of service personnel. For the purposes of this report Disadvantaged students are considered as those eligible for free school meals, Ever 6 and children looked after.
Eligible pupils in years 7 to 11 are funded with £935 per head.
Looked after children or ceased to be CLA are funded with £1900 per head.
Service children are funded with £300 per head.
Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government to enhance the education of disadvantaged students.
The criteria for receiving Pupil Premium is as follows:-
- Claiming Free School Meals.
- Have claimed Free School Meals in the past 6 years (Ever 6 FSM).
- Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
- 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.
- Service Children.
Every school can select how they choose to use their Pupil premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for students.
The amount of Pupil Premium Funding that The Park ESC received last financial year (2016/17) was £8000. This was used in a number of creative, practical ways to support entitled students. Funding was used to support 1 to 1 tuition, extra staffing, small group work and extra-curricular provision where it was felt that it would improve academic outcomes through enhanced confidence and self-esteem.
This funding was also spent on interventions such as Behaviour Coaching for students who were finding it difficult to access the curriculum for emotional reasons. This has proven very successful for the of students who were involved helping them to prepare for the challenges ahead. We also funded the purchase of “Lexia”. This programme uses phonics to help students master literacy skills and successfully close the gap between their chronological age and their reading age.
This present financial year (2017/18) we received £9000.
The impact on educational attainment will be measured by tracking a number of areas including achievement, attendance, behaviour and self-esteem. Attached below are our Impact Report and Spending Plan: