At Arnbrook Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to an education which allows every child to achieve their potential regardless of their starting point in life or personal circumstances. The government believes this additional funding is the best way to tackle those inequalities to enable children to have the best outcomes.
Which pupils are entitled to Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to all schools to support pupils within the following categories:
- Pupils who are currently registered for Free School Meals.
- Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point during the last six years;
- Pupils in the care of a Local Authority;
- Pupils who have been adopted but have been looked after for one day or more, or were adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005 and left care under:
- A Special Guardianship Order on or after 30th December 2005
- A Residence Order on or after 14th October 1991
- Pupils whose parents are serving with the UK Armed Forces
How do we encourage parents to register their child’s eligibility?
We send a letter home to all parents/carers each year, explaining which children are eligible and how to register. Registering is quick and easy – just type ‘Nottinghamshire Citizen Portal’ into Google and click on the link to register. If you need any help, please speak to a member of staff. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
What is Pupil Premium spent on?
The decision about how the individual schools use their Pupil Premium is left to each school with the expectation that they will close the gap in attainment and progress between those eligible and other children nationally. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DfE). Therefore, schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support these pupils. Measures are included in the performance tables which capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the grant.
How is funding used at Arnbrook Primary School?
At Arnbrook Primary, we use funding in a range of ways to support all pupils including those who qualify for Pupil Premium. Each year we put together a comprehensive plan of interventions that we feel will best allow our pupils to meet their full potential. At the end of the academic year we then analyse the impact of the interventions to ensure they provide best value and that progress has been made. At Arnbrook Primary School we have developed an action plan in order to continue to improve provision and raise achievement for all children in receipt of pupil premium funding. Our priorities mean that the funding for 2016-17 will focus on:
- Providing academic support to raise attainment and progress
- Providing enrichment to encourage aspirational learning and engagement in school life
- Providing emotional and holistic support to foster the resilience and self-confidence to be a life-long learner and ensure they are in school and on time.
For more information our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2016-17, please click here.
For information on last year’s spending, and it’s impact, please click here.