Pupil Premium Grant / Disadvantage Funding
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers, and to support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
Disadvantaged pupils are defined as those who are in receipt of Free School Meals, or who have been in receipt of Free School Meals in the past six years (Ever 6). There is additional funding for Looked After Children (LAC), and those who have been adopted from care. Further information and guidance can be found here.
If you believe you may be entitled to Free School Meals, you can apply online via https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schools-and-education/free-school-meals/
What is the purpose of pupil premium funding?
The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school and academy funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools and academies to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools and academies also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and for children of service personnel.
What is the funding used for?
The Pupil Premium Funding is used to support a range of provision, including:
- Additional staffing and resourcing to support reading for pleasure through Reading lessons
- Targeted in-class provision within English, Maths, Science and other subjects where appropriate;
- Specialist assessment is used to identify barriers to learning;
- Observation of individual students to monitor area of concern/progress;
- Numeracy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
- Literacy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
- Short-term Intervention for reading, spelling and handwriting;
- Provision of independent learning resources;
- A Careers leader providing regular careers opportunities for all year groups.
- Study skills provision;
- After school homework and revision sessions;
- Subject-specific intervention sessions provided pre-registration, lunchtime and after school;
- Specialist counselling sessions;
- Pastoral liaison and support;
- Peer mentoring;
- Breakfast Club provision;
- The provision of additional educational resources and equipment;
- I.T facilities available to support student learning;
- Specialist projects/events for High Attaining students;
- Contribution made towards music tuition;
- Contribution made towards Year 7 Educational visit to Bushcraft;
- Allocation of specific revision guides for Year 10 and Year 11 students;
- Tracking and supporting good attendance;
- Comprehensive tracking system in place to monitor academic progress and log extra-curricular activities;
- Quality Assurance is carried out on a module by module basis.
Pupil Premium Grant response to COVID-19
During COVID-19, we have adapted our Pupil Premium focus to include the challenges of remote learning and the potential reality of limited access to teachers, teaching assistants and lesson content. The Pupil Premium response is to look at ways in which we can provide environments and materials that will allow all students to access the lessons that our teachers are uploading to the school SharePoint and delivering live via Microsoft Teams.
How will the Pupil Premium Grant be used to aid in remote learning?
We are constantly monitoring statements, advice, and support schemes released from the Department for Education to ensure that we are up-to-date with the information being made available for schools in the UK. Additional information surrounding governmental schemes to support your child’s learning from home can be found here:
Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We are currently supporting requests for free increase in 4G data for a mobile device (there are currently limited networks participating) that will improve access whilst learning from home. The link to the request form can be found here.
If you require support in accessing the internet and are unable to attain additional data, there is the option to apply for a free 4G wireless router. If you believe that you could be entitled for a 4G wireless router, please contact the school to arrange a meeting via phone call.
The Priory Pembroke has issued a number of students with laptops provided through the DfE scheme and continues to look for ways in which it can provide its own materials and advice to enable your child to access all the lesson content being produced, including the loaning of existing school laptops to support students that have no access to a device that will allow them to engage with learning from home.
The link/PDF below will take you to the current strategy. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact school directly.