Pupil Premium is additional funding received by school for each pupil from disadvantaged families or backgrounds. Findings show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for free school meals.
The funding is allocated to schools based on the number of children who meet one, or more, of the following criteria:
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Farsley Springbank the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of each cohort’s attainment will be used to inform children's progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Our own data analysis allows us to monitor progress and attainment of pupil premium children to ensure we are narrowing the gap between the attainment of pupil premium and non pupil premium children. Impact reports on our spending of Pupil Premium Funding can be found further down this page.
At Farsley Springbank, we have high aspirations for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge along with your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure. As a school we are determined to ensure that our children are given every opportunity to realise their full potential so that every child can succeed and 'be the best they can be.'
The Pupil Premium Funding is used in a variety of ways in order to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning. The priority is to diminish the difference between the attainment of disadvantaged children and those children who are not disadvantaged by raising the attainment of those children from low income families. We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefore we reserved the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil or group of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged and/or of a vulnerable nature.
We have based our spending on strategies that have been extensively researched and analysed such as the Sutton Trust EEF toolkit in order to utilise the funding most effectively. Some examples of strategies we adopt to ensure all pupils, including pupil premium children make or exceed expected progress are explained below. Every year all actions are reviewed to ensure they are having a positive impact (see Impact of Pupil Premium documents below).
In depth Pupil Progress meetings take place regularly. These are a forum to discuss ways to accelerate progress and target specific children. These meetings involve the Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher, SENCo and individual class teachers. Pupil Premium children always form part of the discussion and are tracked rigorously to ensure early intervention if any children are falling behind. This is funded through our school budget.
Quality feedback is the key to all children, including those eligible for pupil premium funding, to make good progress. We expect high quality feedback to be on going through marking and verbal feedback during every lesson. We also commit some pupil premium funding to provide additional opportunities for teachers to meet with individual children to provide quality feedback and review targets.
Interventions allow for targeted support for small groups and individuals and are mainly based around literacy and maths. Interventions are personalised to ensure that they are meeting the needs of identified children so they can make good progress. A contribution to support staff costs from pupil premium funding allows us to maintain an intensive, flexible intervention programme. The majority of support staff costs are funded through the main school budget.
After school tutoring
Teachers run tutoring sessions after school for small groups and individuals, with a focus on pupil premium children. The sessions focus on reading, writing and maths according to the needs of the specific group of children. Tutoring also provides opportunities to consolidate learning that has already taken place; pre-teach concepts that will be coming up and allow for focused individual support and feedback on next steps. The costs of after school tutoring are covered by the Pupil Premium Funding.
We believe that in order for children to achieve their potential in their learning, they need to feel safe, confident and happy. Some children need additional help and support as they face potential challenges that may become a barrier to their learning. We employ a Learning Mentor for 30 hours per week who supports individual children and runs interventions such as 'Circle of Friends' aimed at increasing self-esteem and confidence.
Some pupil premium funding is also used to subsidise school trips and residential costs.
Below you will find documents that outline the specific actions and associated costs for each year including the impact the funding has had.