Pupilm Premium is additional funding paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils. These are children who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. It also includes those children who have been looked after continuoulsy by the Local Authority for more than six months. Funding is also available for children of parents who are in the regular armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the funding.
Our Approach at Curbar
At our school we recognise that each child is unique and will have different needs which may well vary throughout their time at our school. We believe that children who may have barriers to learning need support to perform as well as, or better than, their peers so that they can be successful in the next stage of their education and in their future career. High expectations and bespoke support are key to help remove the attainment gaps that can often develop between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
Some of our pupils for whom the Pupil Premium provides support are working below the level of their peers and the school needs to continuously identify and refine the most appropriate support within our Pupil Premium strategy. There are also some some pupils who are attaining at the same level of their peers. We recognise the need to provide additional support or fund opportunties for all such pupils to improve and enhance their life and educational experiences during their time at Curbar. Our Pupil Premium strategy aims to achieve this.
In 2015 – 16, the school received £8500 in Pupil Premium funding.
In 2016 – 17, the school will receive £7180 in Pupil Premium funding.
2016 – 2017
Currently receiving free school meals
(Children who been eligible for free school meals at some point during the last 6 years)
Number of children
Please click on the link below to view the Pupil Premium Strategy for 2016 – 17 and a review of expenditure for 2015 – 2016. Due to the small numbers of Pupil Premium children in school certain information or details are not specified to ensure that individual pupils cannot be identified.
How will the school measure the impact of Pupil Premium?
Teachers formatively assess pupils on a daily basis during the lessons and use this information to plan for next steps in learning. STAT (Sheffield Tracking and Assessment Tools) is used at half termly intervals throughout the year to measure attainment in reading, writing, maths and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).
Teahcers, the SENCo and Head Teacher are responsible for tracking the progress and attainment of all pupils including pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium funding.
Pupil Progress Meetings at the end of each half term between teachers, the SENCo and Head Teacher monitor achievement, impact of strategies to support learning and well being and allow any concerns to be adressed.
Attendance data is collected and monitored by the school on a half termly basis.
Pupil Premium funding and the impact of the strategy is a regular item on the school governor meeting agendas. In 2016 – 2017, the attainment of groups of pupils, including those eligible for Pupil Premium funding, is on the School Improvement Plan with the aim of developing how we effectively track the use of funding and its impact on our children.