Funding to support pupils from low income families who are eligible for free school meals. Schools have received this funding since April 2011.
However, at the same time as giving us this ‘new’ funding, other funding streams were reduced or stopped and, therefore, schools did not really see this as ‘extra’ funding.
New regulations, nevertheless, require all schools to publish on our school websites the amount of the school’s allocation for Pupil Premium grant in respect of the current financial year, details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent, details of how the previous academic years’ allocation was spent, and the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.
We at Hacton have used this funding to support the teaching, learning and progress of ‘vulnerable’ pupils.
For the 2016/17 financial year the schools allocation for Pupil Premium was £89,600, a slight decrease from 2015/16. The funding has and will continue to be spent to support ‘vulnerable/FSM’ pupils to achieve the very best they can. Money has been spent in the following ways:
It is anticipated that the impact of the extra support and targeted teaching given to these pupils will accelerate the progress they make.
The impact of the above activities in giving extra support and targeted teaching to our vulnerable / Pupil Premium pupils was again that progress has been significantly accelerated during the course of the year.
Progress measures and attainment of Pupil Premium pupils at Hacton Primary School were significantly better and higher than not only Pupil Premium pupils nationally in 2016/17, but in all but the expected standard at Reading, higher than all pupils overall nationally. The school was recognised by the Department for Education as one of the top performing schools in the region in terms of outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in 2016/17.
As in previous years, Pupil Premium pupils also attended the full range of extra curricular clubs on offer, which again have been altered and increased to cater for pupils needs. Funding has also been used to ensure these pupils have the opportunities of curricular enrichment through normal and specially arranged school visits, as well as attending holiday clubs.