The pupil premium is a grant given to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The funding is allocated to most effectively target additional support where it is needed most.
Beam County Primary school received an award for the London Mayor’s Schools for Success Programme. The award is a tribute to the excellent work of our teachers in ensuring that all our pupils made excellent progress, particularly our low-achieving students. We also provide a platform for other schools to learn from us. For further information please press on this link
The grant is allocated in line with the financial year, which begins in April. Allocations are based on data from the previous January census. If an eligible pupil joins after this census, the school will not receive their allocation until the following year.
What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils. Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
- Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
- Children of Service personnel
Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11 in a maintained school. The proportion of children eligible at Beam County Primary is currently XX%.
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However, all schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils.
Suggestions for how the grant is used:
- Schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.
This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:
- school breakfast clubs
- music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits
- speech and language therapy
Schools may find using the pupil premium in this way helps to:
- increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
- encourage pupils to be more aspirational
- benefit non-eligible pupils
Schools must be transparent about how they spend their pupil premium so:
- parents, guardians can understand our pupil premium strategy, this is done through the annual strategy document and ‘impact statement’
- governing bodies can see evidence-based practice so they can consider the rationale behind all pupil premium-related decisions
Information to be Published to Parents
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy. This should include:
- The previous academic year: Please press here to read our pupil premium strategy for 2020 – 2021.
- how the pupil premium allocation was spent
- the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils
2. Press here for the current academic year: (2021-2022) using the DfE template.