Mount Stewart Infant and Junior schools are working together in a Hard Federation known as The Mount Stewart Schools.

Pupil Premium

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Pupil Premium Allocation, Use and Impact on Attainment

The DFE has recently benchmarked money that comes into school as Pupil Premium and the DFE expects this money to support pupils who are currently on Free School Meals or have had Free School Meals within the past 6 years. This Pupil Premium is used to support pupils’ attainment and achievement ensuring that there is not an attainment gap between children eligible for Free School Meals and their peers.

The pupil premium can be used for, and has in the past been used to support the cost of One to One (1-2-1) tuition, residential trips, curriculum trips, creative clubs after school and sports clubs after school. The school finance department has set a Pupil Premium cost center that will journal the costs and uses of the pupil premium and this information assists the Head Teacher and Governors to monitor the impact that the Pupil Premium has had on maintaining and raising standards.

Parents who need the assistance of the pupil premium are supported discreetly and no child or family is publicly identified. Discussions between the Head Teacher and the family are discreet and private.

The Government through Ofsted and the local authority monitors the use of the Pupil Premium and expects the school to be able to show that the Premium is supporting FSM families to reach National expectations in reading writing and mathematics and that it removes financial barriers that may impede the social and academic progress a child could make.

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure

The school is allocated additional funding for those pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), looked after children and children whose parent/s are serving in the Armed Forces. This funding is referred to as Pupil Premium. It was introduced in 2011/12 to provide targeted funding to close the underachievement gap.

We allocate the funding to support initiatives within school in order to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils so that a child’s full potential can be maximised academically and/or socially.

Details of our pupil premium funding are as follows:

  2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Total number of pupils on role 390 390 390
Total number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Grant 69 61 50
Final PPG allocation per pupil £1,300 £1,320 £1,320
Final PPG received £89,700 £80,520 £66,000

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantage pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Our key objective is to use the Pupil Premium Grant to narrow the gap between pupil groups and extend the learning of Pupil Premium pupils so that they are among the highest achievers in our school.  As a school we have an excellent track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress but in some cases pupils on FSM do not always achieve as well as other pupils because of barriers to their learning.    These children start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make excellent progress in order to reach age related expectation through targeted interventions as they progress through the school.   We will continue with our whole school approach to supporting children in developing their skills in mathematics, reading, writing, comprehension, behaviour, welfare and safety.

In addition, we will strengthen parental engagement in learning through increasing the support on offer to parents in:

  • Parenting skills sessions
  • Training in helping their child to learn
  • ESOL training
  • Targeted parents meetings and workshop
  • Financial support with school trips, school journeys and a free after school club each term.

Our training for staff this year will include writing, assessment, reading, reasoning, working with pupils of all abilities.

Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

We know a good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances, to enable them to progress into adulthood with the skills and confidence for success. The Pupil Premium will provide schools with the resources with which to address inequalities in the system and raise the attainment of those pupils from low income families.

Source DfE website.

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2016/17

Click here to view the action plan.