Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure 2015/16
Eligibility and funding amounts
The pupil premium grant is funding provided to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
A school will receive an amount of money for each pupil of compulsory school age who fits the eligibility criteria.
The grant is allocated in line with the financial year, which begins in April. Each year’s allocations are based on data from the previous January’s census. If an eligible pupil joins after the January census, the school will not receive pupil premium funding for his/her until the following year.
Maintained schools receive the pupil premium through their local authority (LA), whereas the Education Funding Agency allocates the funding directly to academies and free schools. Both academies and maintained schools receive the grant in quarterly instalments.
However, pupil premium funding for looked-after children (LAC) is not allocated to schools but to the virtual school head in the LA, who will work with the school to decide how it will be spent.
Spending the grant
The grant can be spent as each school sees fit, as long as it is used to demonstrably improve the attainment of eligible pupils. Schools do not need to spend an equal amount on each pupil, or use the money for interventions that benefit only eligible pupils.
However the grant should not be used to fund free school meals, as schools already receive funding for this through the dedicated schools grant.
At Hawkhurst C.E. Primary School the allocated grant for the year 2015/2016 was £60,720. Twenty four per cent of pupils were eligible for this grant. Small group interventions have been successful in accelerating progress across all areas of the curriculum. The school has a high turnover of pupils and it is necessary to quickly discover the strengths and difficulties of new arrivals, hence the need for short term interventions and one-to-one tuition. Pupil well – being is essential for all pupils and therefore the school offers a Breakfast Club.
A summary of interventions and their cost can be seen in the table below:
|How the money was used||Expenditure||Rationale for expenditure||Impact|
|Part salary of Breakfast Club Supervisor||£5000||To provide a calm and secure start each morning for selected pupils||This has been of great benefit to many children and has helped settle those who find ‘parting’ form parents difficult|
|Costs of Fegan’s Counsellor||£429||To provide one – to –one counselling for emotional and social needs||This helped a Looked After Child to settle|
|One to one tuition in English and maths.||£10,000||To provide additional attention, increase confidence and accelerate progress||Accelerated rates of progress.
Building confidence and improving self – esteem
|Intervention programmes in Maths||£25,000||An individualized programme to accelerate rates of progress in maths||Building confidence and improving self – esteem
Accelerated rates of progress
|Small group tuition in English and maths.||£11,841||To assess for gaps in understanding and to teach to the gaps to raise standards||Personalised for the child and has impacted on self –esteem and progress to the ‘expected’ level|
|Forest School Activities||£400||To encourage outdoor learning||Enjoyment and increasing confidence|
|Clothes and Shoes||£50||To provide essentials||Has provided basic care|
|Family Liaison Officer part salary||£8,000||To co-ordinate welfare aspects in school||Children and families feel secure|
Closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils
(Pupils Eligible for Pupil Premium)
The impact of the Pupil Premium funding in terms of progress made by disadvantaged pupils is shown in the table below:
No of PP Pupils
|Percentage of Pupils Making Expected Progress or Greater|
|Whole Class %||PP Pupils %||Whole Class %||PP Pupils %||Whole Class %||PP Pupils %|
Pupil Premium for the Financial Year 2016/17
Total allocated is £76,560. This funding will be spent under the same categories as 2015/16.