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Pupil Premium

Introduction

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. The premium is allocated to schools for children of eligible school age from low-income families who are: 

  • Currently registered for free school meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM at any time in the past 6 years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
  • Looked-after children and eligible pupils adopted from care or leaving local authority care under a special guardianship or residence order.
  • Parents who are currently serving in the armed forces.
  • Early Years Pupil Premium is also available to schools with a Nursery class to support disadvantaged three and four-year olds.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, but are held accountable, and must report on how the funding has been used to support these groups of children. Schools are required to publish online information about how the Premium has been used, and what impact it has had. The Premium is received on a financial year basis but, reporting is required on an academic year basis.

Osmotherley Primary School

Principles

The purpose of the funding is to narrow the gap between eligible and non-eligible children, so the impact of the expenditure must reflect a narrowing gap between those groups of children, in terms of achievement.  Pupil Premium is used to help fulfil our aims and vision for all children and provide additional help and support for those children and families who may, at times, need something over and above our normal level of provision.

At Osmotherley Primary School, we strive to 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 and 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 classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.

For the financial year (2018/19) Osmotherley Primary School did not receive any additional funding.  For the financial year 2019/20, 2020/21 and the current financial year (2021/22), Osmotherley Primary School received additional funding, however, the school is not required to publish a Pupil Premium Strategy on our website.  This is in order to ensure that no single pupil can be identified in our data.  The DfE have issued the following guidance:

“The DfE’s policy is to suppress publication figures relating to a cohort of 5 pupils or fewer.  This is intended to reduce the risk of individual pupils being identified from published data”.

(This is a direct quote from the DfE’s policy for publication of small numbers.)

We are however happy to advise that our pupil premium funding for 2019/2020 was spent on the employment of additional staff to enable children to be taught in smaller teaching groups and to meet the specific needs of individuals.  Our pupil premium funding for 2019/2020 will also be spent on the employment of additional staff and on resources to meet specific needs of individuals identified in the reports below.

Pupil Premium Report 2021 – 2022

Nature of Support Support Cost Implication Impact
Learning Support 1:1 and small group support for learning with TA or teacher

Reading Intervention programme for use by pupils at school and at home.

Supply costs for TA to provide additional 1:1 support in maths and English every morning

Purchase of reading programme

Catch up for pupils to help them reach ARE following lost learning during the lockdowns

Pupils’ improved outcomes in Reading

Pupil Premium Report 2020 – 2021

Nature of Support Support Cost Implication Impact
Learning Support 1:1 support for learning with either TA or booster classes with a teacher Supply costs for TA to provide additional 1:1 support in maths and English, three mornings a week.

Supply costs for time for CT to deliver 1:1 support and small group booster sessions

Pupils’ improved progress in English and maths
Enrichment opportunities Activities provided to encourage pupils in specific areas of need (e.g. swimming, debating competition, theatre visit) Transport Pupils’ improved self-confidence.