General Principles: 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Pupil Premium.
- Teacher Assistant
- Specific targeted support for small group tuition and early years/ks1 intervention – Phonics
- Maths problem solving
- Speaking and listening programs
- Any other area as identified through specific data analysis and teacher analysis of progress.
- Equipment to support learning
- Specific equipment identified through data analysis e.g. Maths practical resources – increase parental involvement Literacy – reading system, book banded phonic books
- Arts participation
- KS2 – whole class learning music instrument – Ukulele, Guitar
- Theatre group visits to school
- Enhancing education
If parents whose children are entitled to free school meals require help towards the costs of these activities, please talk to the head teacher before the event takes place for up to half funding eg
- KS2 residential
- Whole class educational visits
- After school activities
- Widening experiences
- Transport to outside school activities including educational visits – for each class once per year.
- Day visits from people from different faith and community background to broaden children’s experience of the wider British cultural and religious family.
What impact has pupil premium funding had at Ditchingham Primary School for those pupils with an entitlement to free school meals and for looked after children?
The greatest impact has been to ensure that the children’s emotional wellbeing has been supported and educational standards have risen.
This has included:
- Improved confidence
- Emotional wellbeing
- Enrichment opportunities
- Higher achievement
- Improved attitudes to learning
2015 – 2016 in year progress: