Pupil Premium Funding
Pupil Premium Funding or Grant - What is it?
Publicly funded schools, ie. Beckfoot Phoenix, get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils, however schools can also spend their pupil premium on pupils who do not meet the eligibility criteria but need extra support.
Eligibility and Funding
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in January each year from the following groups:
Every pupil who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
Every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after. They must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan.
Schools also receive 'service premium' to help with pastoral support for
Every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
|Headteacher||Overall responsibility for ensuring that PP funding is deployed effectively.|
|SENCO||Specific needs resulting from EHCP and annual targets.|
|Assistant head||Training needs within departments to improve attainment of PP pupils.|
|Middle leaders/Class teachers||In class needs to reduce barriers to learning|
|School community support coordinator||Ensuring access to learning opportunities, and access where appropriate to out of school activities.|
The guidance states that 'it is up to school leaders to decide how to spend pupil premium because school leaders are best placed to access their pupils' needs and use funding to improve attainment'. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium)
At Beckfoot Phoenix, we take our responsibility for improving the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils very seriously. As school leaders, we make decisions on how we plan to spend the funding using very robust self-evaluations of progress and attainment in the previous years.
We track and monitor the impact of the pupil premium funding through assessments, meetings, and reviews.
Attached is the planned spend for the 2020-21. Please contact the school office if you require any further information.
How is the Beckfoot Trust Local School Committee and the Board of Directors informed about PP pupils?
- School leaders meet regularly with the Trust's Central Improvement Team to discuss progress and to measure the impact of the pupil premium funding strategy.
- School leaders report Pupil Premium to the Trust Local School Committee meetings which is attended by a Director of the Trust who will feed back information to the Board of Directors