Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools and academies to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR 2018-2019
The Government believes that Head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium funding. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
• The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
• The new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
• The new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online
KEY PRINCIPLES FOR USING PUPIL PREMIUM
1. Mitton Manor has an academy wide commitment to raise achievement for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium.
2. Mitton Manor creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including, attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focussing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
3. Mitton Manor uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.
4. Mitton Manor directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
5. Mitton Manor uses data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions or projects) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.
6. The Head teacher has a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.
7. The Head teacher will ensure class teachers know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the academy.
8. Allocation of funding will in the first instance be targeted towards raising the achievement of children on FSM. We, however, reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has identified as being in need of intervention and support.