Pupil Premium Statement September 2018-2019
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the local authority and children of armed services personnel.
The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment and narrow the attainment gap between these pupils and their peers.
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools from central Government and is clearly identifiable. As a school, we can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since we are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within our responsibility. However, are held to account on how we have used this funding and the impact it had.
Portobello's Approach to Pupil Premium Funding
At Portobello Primary, the targeted and strategic use of Pupil premium funding will support us in achieving our vision of 'Creating Confidence, Empowering Excellence, Igniting Independence'.
Our key priorities for children who are eligible to receive Pupil Premium funding are identified on the action plan, and specifically include targeting the percentage of Pupil premium children achieving greater depth.
How we use Pupil Premium funding
For the academic year 2018/19 we received £36,840 in Pupil Premium funding.
Identified barriers to educational achievement
We have identified the following as barriers for some of the pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium:
- Gap already exists between PP and non PP on entry to Reception
- Some PP pupils need early support with toileting, speech and vocabulary development, social skills, exposure to number, physical development and the wider world
- School are not always aware that children are entitled to PP in EYFS and KS1 so opportunities to support families are missed.
- Pupil Premium children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are making less progress than other pupils across Key Stage2. This prevents sustained high achievement in Key Stage 2.
- In the current Y6 cohort (which has the greatest % of PP children with SEN pupils in school and poor attendance) there are less pupils achieving age related expectations in Writing and Maths than non PP pupils.
- Poor attendance and punctuality rates of pupils eligible for PP. This reduces their school hours and causes them to fall behind on average.
- Low parental expectations and complex social needs which can hinder children’s views in realising their goals and why it is important to aim for success.
The funding was and continues to be used as follows:
Nominated governor: Mrs Vi Symons
Date of next Pupil Premium Strategy Reviews: April 2019
If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would still mean that the school could claim the Pupil Premium funding available to help your child.
All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.