What is the Pupil Premium grant?
Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, but not always, children who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to diminish the difference between them and their classmates.
The Pupil Premium grant at Brinsley Primary and Nursery School, for academic year 2019-2020 was £42,240
How to claim your child’s Pupil Premium...
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly Pupil Premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support;
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance;
- Income-related employment and support allowance;
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit;
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less;
- Universal credit.
At Brinsley Primary and Nursery School, we are able to tell you what you need to do to register your child as eligible.
From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 qualified for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the Pupil Premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it is important that you tell us - even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium. Pupil Premium grants DO make a difference and with your support, the funding can help to diminish any difference that there may be between your child's academic achievement and that of their peers.
Is your child eligible?
Schools are given a Pupil Premium grant of £1,320 for:
- Children who qualify for free school meals;
- Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
Schools will receive £1,900 for any pupil:
identified in the January 2019 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local-authority care as a result of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local-authority care for 1 day or more
- recorded as both eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)
Schools are given a Pupil Premium grant of £300 for:
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defense
Main barriers to educational achievement faced by our eligible pupils.
- Social and emotional intelligence - Currently, there are 37% of our pupil premium children, who have confidential files due to varying reasons. There are 8% of the pupil premium children with EHAFs (albeit some closed) or receiving ‘Early Help’ for varying reasons. 10% of our pupil premium children are receiving support from a (SBAP) counsellor. Some children struggle to control their emotions and require support in this area
- Behaviours for learning – low level disruption in some classes is identified by the amount of 'Time Out' minutes.
- Reading comprehension skills – Data for pupil premium across school shows gaps within the ability to comprehend age-appropriate texts and apply inference and deduction skills
- Writing across the curriculum – Data and work analysis shows gaps in the basic skills
- Reasoning and problem solving skills in maths – Across school and assessments/work analysis shows gaps in the basic skills and ability to be able to apply reasoning skills to problem solving
- Lack of routine and stability (sleep, food, homework, confidential files etc) – Currently, there are 38% of our pupil premium children, who have confidential files due to varying reasons.
How we spend the grant to address our barriers...
Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
More details about how we spend the Pupil Premium funding at Brinsley Primary and Nursery School can be found in the ‘Grant Expenditure Report’ link at the bottom of the webpage.
In short, the ways in which we spend the Pupil Premium grant on eligible pupils includes:
- Extra one-to-one, or small-group, support for children provided by the Pupil Premium teacher;
- Extra one-to-one, or small-group, support for children within the classroom;
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work within classes;
- Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the Pupil Premium, for example in preparation for SATs;
- Providing music lessons, where necessary, for children whose families would be unable to pay for them;
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning;
- Contributing to school trips and residentials to ensure that the children receive the same opportunities as their peers and develop similar opportunities;
- Providing milk, at no additional cost to the family, to those children who would like it to give them a nutritional 'boost';
- Booster groups for those year groups who need it, especially in the build up to year 2 and year 6 SATs;
- Weekly music tuition
What is the impact of the expenditure on other pupils?
Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its Pupil Premium. At Brinsley Primary and Nursery Primary School, we feel that children who do not receive the Pupil Premium funding still benefit from the grant in the following ways:
- Smaller class sizes when eligible pupils are released for Pupil Premium time;
- When TAs spend time working with eligible pupils in class, other children on the tables benefit;
- Interventions that work for eligible pupils can also be implemented and used with other children, especially SEND;
- Where eligible pupils receive emotional and social support, this has a positive impact on their friendship groups and behaviour;
- When eligible pupils receive interventions and support (especially pre-teaching) they are more likely to understand objectives and therefore more likely to behave in lessons and contribute to effective classroom talk;
- When eligible pupils receive dedicated time with trained teaching assistants for emotional and behavioural support, and have released frustrations, anxieties and issues, they are less likely to have behavioural and social problems in the playground.