The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units and is for local authority maintained schools as well as academies and free schools.
The Pupil Premium has a number of wider aims:
- To increase social mobility;
- To enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top Universities;
- To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally.
The DfE states that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they recognise that we are, ‘best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’. (DfE April 2012). The Governing body is responsible for accounting for the impact of the Pupil Premium and it is a requirement to report publicly on the deployment and impact of this funding.
Pupil Premium at Greenhall
Greenhall is a Special Nursery for 2-5 year olds with physical disabilities / difficulties and allied needs. Many children start with us on assessment placements and children are placed by the local authority throughout the academic year. We currently have 34 pupils on roll, with 2 more children due to start imminently. Pupil premium is provided for children of Reception age and above. The fact that children usually transition on from us at the end of their reception year means that there is a void between children leaving us and funding allocation. Thus, we apply the following principles to our allocation of pupil premium.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals. All interventions are needs-driven.
- Needs-led and child-centred with a personalised approach to meet needs of individuals
- 1:1 support
- acquiring effective resources aimed at raising standards, particularly in the prime areas of learning (Physical, Communication & language, PSED)
- All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress
- We will publish information on how we have used our Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils
Early Years pupil premium
The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.Early years providers are any organisation offering education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.
Some of the children at Greenhall are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium. Numbers will vary throughout the year as children have different starting points with us and as they turn 3 at different points throughout the school year.
Please see the reports below for details of pupil premium / Early Years pupil premium allocation and impact at Greenhall.