The disadvantaged pupil funding is allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that have been in care for more than six months and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding, 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Funding.
For the academic year September 2015 to July 2016 our school received £265,200 of Pupil Premium funding (now known as Disadvantaged Pupil Funding). For the financial year April 2016 to March 2017 our school has received £210,000. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for Disadvantaged Pupil Funding is: 38%. The national percentage is 27%.
During 2015- 2016 we used the Pupil Premium in the following ways:
A whole school approach
Support Educational Visits Breakfast Club & Uniform (£20,500)
RWI, Big Maths & CFS (£23,000)
Increased teacher support input into Year 4, 5 and 6 (£106,353)
Improved One 2 One, Intervention Team (£46,448)
Additional Teaching Assistant Support (£69,490)
This year we plan to use the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding as follows:
Improving the quality of teaching for Disadvantaged Learners through staff professional development, extra teaching/support staff within all year groups.
30% of funding – £63,000
Removing Barriers to Learning by; supporting educational visits, breakfast & uniform, attendance monitoring and incentives.
10% of funding – £21,000
Interventions for Disadvantaged learners who are failing behind ‘Age Expected’ attainment or progress.
60% of funding – £126,000
Lakeside’s overall aim is to use the funding to raise the attainment and progress of Disadvantaged Learners to be in line with Non- Disadvantaged Pupils Nationally
A more detail breakdown of how the funding is to be used can be found in the Disadvantaged Learners Action Plan – PP action plan 2016-17