The Pupil Premium Grant
At Durham Lane Primary School we have the very highest aspirations for all of our children, whatever their background. Our ambitions for the children are clearly realised through our consistently high achievement and attainment for all pupil groups.
Nationally, levels of attainment are lower for children who are in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). As a result, the government has prioritised funding for this group of pupils through what is known as the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). The Department for Education (DFE) defines this as, ‘… additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.’ Children whose parents are serving in the Armed Forces or are Looked After by the Local Authority also attract this funding. From September 2014, this is also applicable to children who have been adopted from care or who are subject to a Guardianship Order.
At Durham Lane, this is a very small number of pupils, but we still endeavour to ensure that this gap is narrowed or closed by making provision which secures teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the school will ensure that (as with all pupils) the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through pupil tracking and pupil progress meetings.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the school recognises that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. Also, not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The school reserves the right to allocate some of the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or groups of pupils, the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Combining our extensive knowledge of what works for our children, along with the Research findings of the Sutton Trust Report (2011), we use the PPG to successfully target individuals and groups, providing a notable impact on learning and learning behaviours.
The PPG is allocated on a financial year basis, but we must provide information to parents and carers on an academic year basis; as a result, summer term funding of any current academic year will not be available until April of that academic year. The amount per pupil has changed over time; in 2013 the grant was £900 per eligible pupil and in 2014 it was increased to £1300, with £1900 per pupil adopted from care or who are subject to a Guardianship Order.