The government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between certain groups of children. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At St Keverne Primary School we aim to support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The governors believe in using this grant to enable all children to enjoy access, participation and achievement within school life, particularly for those identified as disadvantaged, vulnerable or under-achieving, through high quality teaching & learning and resources.
Pupil Premium including Ever 6 £1320 per pupil
Children in Care & Adopted from Care £2300 per pupil
In service £300 per pupil
for Pupil Premium Funding
In each of our schools we now have a significant number of pupils who qualify for this funding, which is currently £1320 per child. This money goes directly to the pupil’s school and is used to target the needs of that child. The impact of our pupil premium programme is monitored closely and usually with a very positive effect on the progress of the children concerned.
Here are just a few of the things this very welcome funding has enabled us to provide this year:
- Extra teaching time both 1:1 & group work delivering a series of personally tailored and tightly targeted ‘catch up’ sessions in areas such as phonics, reading, writing and maths.
- Extra classroom resources designed to support and enhance learning and boost self-confidence e.g. maths equipment, poetry & music resources, personalised reading books targeting specific pupils’ interests.
- Music tuition
- Forest Schools sessions, nurture group and problem solving groups/activities that build self-esteem and resilience.
- Payment for school camp
We are sure there are more children who could benefit from this funding! If you think your child might qualify, please speak to Sylvia in the school office. Qualifying also provides the opportunity for free school meals for pupils in Years 3 to 6. Remember, whilst all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can now automatically have a free school meal this does NOT mean these children automatically get pupil premium funding – you still need to apply which can be done online at www.cornwall.gov.uk/schoolmeals. We are very keen to ensure that all children entitled to pupil premium, actually get it. Mrs Harman and I are more than happy to answer any questions and support applying for the funding. Please do let us know if we can help, and be reassured that any conversations are always treated confidentially.