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Mary Swanwick Community Primary School

Learn together; helping one another to achieve our best

Pupil Premium


What is it?

The Pupil Premium is an extra budget, in addition to main school funding.  The DfE believes that this is the best way to address the current attainment gaps between pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and other student.  The funding is designed to help close the gaps by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.  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 (known as 'Ever 6 FSM').


Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.  Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having. 


Who receives the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils in school from Reception to Year 11 from low income families who are registered for FSM, or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’), together with children that have been in care continuously for 6 months or more.  Early Years Premium funding is allocated to pupils Nursery from low income families.  Funding is also available for pupils for whom one or both parents work in the armed forces.


Pupil Premium Impact at Mary Swanwick Primary School

Our most recent Ofsted report acknowledged that Mary Swanwick Primary School makes effective use of the Pupil Premium funding,
“The progress of pupils known to be entitled to receive pupil premium support is good.  These pupils achieve as well as the other pupils in school; as a result there is no attainment gap.”
“Pupil premium funding is invested in providing small group tuition and in measures to improve attendance.  A new teacher has been employed specifically to help pupils make faster progress.  As a result of actions taken so far, the pupils known to be entitled to receive support have made very good progress and there is no gap between their achievement and that of other pupils.”

Pupil Premium is being spent in a variety of ways to contribute to ensuring that pupils enjoy a wide variety of life experiences and receive the best possible teaching to ensure that they achieve their full potential.  A proportion of the grant has been used to establish a nurture group and employ a nurture leader and nurture assistant.  Intervention sessions, led by an additional teacher and by trained teaching assistants, have been implemented to accelerate progress for pupils who are at risk of falling behind.  Fundamentally, priority is given to pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding and to other vulnerable children.  Regular training opportunities and further resources have been purchased to continue running these interventions.

Some children will need additional support to develop the skills that they needs to become effective learners.  We provide that support in a number of different ways, including through Positive Play, Nurture provision, targeted work with the Learning Support Mentor and Forest Schools.  We also provide additional support via our breakfast club for designated pupils. 

Regardless of their prior attainment and ability, all pupil premium children will receive academic support to enable them to achieve their potential.  A qualified teacher and additional support staff have been funded to ensure additional teaching and support is in place for selected groups of pupils.  These activities are matched to the specific needs of individuals or groups with a main focus on closing the attainment gap but could be on a specific focus or developing self-confidence, speaking and listening skills and enhancement of their life experiences through additional visits to places of interest etc. 
Working closely with parents has been identified as a successful way of accelerating progress for children by the Sutton Trust. We prioritise this area and our work has included weekly celebration assemblies, curriculum evening events, Christmas and summer fairs, Christmas and end of year productions, workshops, coffee mornings and open afternoons.  All of which encourage extended family members and children to work together in a non-threatening way in the school environment. 

Vulnerable groups are clearly monitored in the school’s self-review strategies and tracking systems so that timely and appropriate interventions can be made for children to achieve their potential.  Careful provision mapping allows children access to support in arrange of ways including 1:1 and small group support.  Pupil premium has been used to support extra-curricular activities where cost may have prohibitive to some families.  Some of the grant has been used to subsidise off site visits for pupils. 

Could my child be eligible for free school meals/pupil premium? 

Pupil Premium Statement, spending & review 2014-2015 and proposed spending 2015-2016