Pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to:
- raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential;
- support children with parents in the regular armed forces;
- support children in care defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
In the 2022 to 2023 financial year, Primary schools will receive £1385 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals or those who have been at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools will also receive £2410 for each pupil identified in the October school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2410 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2410 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.
At Burham School our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas. Our child centred school approach enables pupils to develop the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential in all that they do. Our Pupil Premium Strategy is focused on supporting disadvantaged pupils overcome barriers to learning through a range of strategies to ensure all pupils, regardless of their ability are appropriately supported and challenged enabling them to move successfully onto their next steps of learning.
Using research from the Education Endowment Foundation we carefully plan expenditure based on the usefulness and effectiveness of various strategies ensuring that interventions have high impact and are cost-effective.
The strategies are used to help improve the outcomes and attainment of our disadvantaged children with the intent of closing the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils:
- Access to quality first teaching
- Effective deployment of Teaching Assistants
- Mastery learning
- Oral language interventions
- Parental involvement/engagement
- Reading comprehension strategies
- Small group tuition
- SEMH support
- Funded places at breakfast and after school clubs
- Personal resources and equipment
- Funded places on trips and additional activities such as sports clubs
Pupil progress and attainment is carefully monitored by the schools leadership team and formal written assessments where appropriate. Termly Pupil Progress meetings enable us to track disadvantaged children and put in place provisions required to further develop and support their learning.
At Burham School we recognise that not all children who receive FSMs will be socially disadvantaged and also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have FSMs.
Please see below document detailing our Pupil Premium spending for last year and our plans for the current financial year.