Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding that is available to maintained and non-maintained schools. It is based on the number of children who are entitled to free school meals or have been entitled over the previous six years. It also includes those children in care who have been continually looked after for more than six months.

Disadvantaged students may have a range of potential barriers which mean that they may make slower progress than other students, both at Larchwood Primary School and nationally.

We have identified the following in school barriers:

  • Attendance of disadvantaged students is less than that of other students in the school.
  • Disadvantaged students often start school with lower word knowledge.
  • There is a gap between the amount disadvantaged children read at home and that of other students.

Additionally, we have identified the following external barriers:

  • Disadvantaged students don’t always realise their potential and can have lower academic aspirations.
  • Some disadvantaged students will have less ‘cultural capital’ than other students.
  • Parental engagement with school for some disadvantaged families is often lower.

We aim to enable every student to make outstanding progress and achieve their potential through consistently high-quality teaching, high expectations and standards, combined with a curriculum that caters for the individual needs of children and removes the identified barriers.

In addition to high-quality teaching, our use of the Pupil Premium provides additional support, such as an LSA in each class and a programme of interventions, particularly in English and Mathematics to close the gap with non-disadvantaged students.

Pupil Premium funding is used to provide disadvantaged children with additional access to clubs and opportunities e.g. attending extracurricular clubs.

We review the impact of our pupil premium spending each half term and review our pupil premium strategy each year in September.

The total amount received for 2019/20 was £111,214.

Spend and the impact of Pupil Premium Funding – 2019/20

We aim to spend the Pupil Premium additional funding to ensure that we are successful in narrowing the gap and raising achievement for those children from low income and/or other disadvantaged backgrounds. We have a Pupil Premium action plan and a designated member of staff responsible for monitoring the success of the plan.

It is a requirement of the Pupil Premium Funding Grant that we identify and make public details about how this money is spent and what impact this has on outcomes for children. It is important to recognise that pupil premium funding is not the only income that we utilise to achieve this aim and Governors are of course responsible for monitoring the impact of all spending decisions in terms of outcomes for children.

In the academic year 2020/21, 24% of students at Larchwood Primary School are eligible for the Pupil Premium compared to the national average of 23%. The total amount we project to receive in 2020/21 is £119,615.

Proposed Spend and Desired Impact of the Pupil Premium Funding – 2020/21

Parents who think their child may be eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding, please check the current criteria.

To be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:

  • Income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

To apply for free schools meals please complete the online application form. If you need assistance with this, please contact the school office and they will be happy to help.

For more information in regards to Pupil Premium, please follow this link.

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