Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
The Pupil Premium is a grant given to schools by the government to tackle disadvantage and address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
PPG Strategy for 2016-17
Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school we have a good track record of ensuring that pupils make at least expected progress. Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations or above as they move through the school.
We have analysed our data and have made use of research on good practice in using Pupil Premium funding, such as the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit tool-kit, to inform our decision making.
In the 2016-17 financial year, Woodbury Salterton CE Primary School will receive £14,220 of additional funding to help support children in receipt of free school meals. This year we have 6 PPG children. Some of the things that this funding will contribute to providing for pupils will be:
- Our Forest School programme, led by Mrs Vicky Pearson, which helps build confidence and resilience, as well as learning across the curriculum.
- Extra support (teaching assistants) for children in our FSU class.
- Intervention teaching assistant support for KS1/2.
- Access to gifted and talented events and activities.