Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to:
  • schools maintained by the local authority, including:
    • special schools, for children with special educational needs or disabilities
    • pupil referral units (PRUs), for children who can’t go to a mainstream school
  • academies and free schools, including:
    • special academies, for children with special educational needs or disabilities
    • alternative provision (AP) academies, for children who can’t go to a mainstream school
  • voluntary-sector AP, with local authority agreement
  • non-maintained special schools (NMSS), for children with special educational needs as approved by the Secretary of State for Education under section 342 of the Education Act 1992

Funding for financial year 2016 to 2017

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
  • £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will receive £1,900 for any pupil:
  • identified in the January 2016 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local-authority care as a result of one of the following:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local-authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)
For the pupils who attract the £1,900 rate, the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil will manage the funding. The Government is not instructing schools how they should spend this money; it is not ring-fenced and schools ‘are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit’ (DfE 2011). However, the Government is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘close the gap’. At The Children’s Trust School we have chosen to use pupil premium funding to benefit our pupils in line with the key drivers of Communication, Wellbeing and Functionality and Independence. There have been difficulties collecting the expected pupil premium payments from 1 local authority. 5 pupils are in receipt of PPG. 1 pupil in KS2 2 pupils in KS3 2 pupils in KS4 Pupil specific technology was purchased to support engagement and self-occupancy. Individual tuition: 12 sessions of 1:1 tuition with Drake Music Associate Musician from March 2017 1:1 sessions to support case studies on levels of engagement for the children and young people. To use to map progress against individual ImPACTs targets and trial mapping experiences to Sounds of Intent. Case study of the project to be completed by identified school staff.

16-19 Bursary

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund was introduced in the 2011 to 2012 academic year. It is money the government has given to local authorities, schools, colleges and other educational and training providers (institutions) to give to disadvantages students. Its purpose is to provide financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation. 7 students are in receipt of the 16-19 Bursary Student specific technology was purchased to support access and engagement.
  • RAMP it Up! Project
12 group music-making workshops with two Drake Music Associate Musicians from March to July 2017. Drake Music will deliver an equipment audit, training for teaching staff and participate in a final sharing/performance. Delivering whole school INSET alongside identified teacher

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