Bude Primary Federation recognises the research demonstrating that geographical location as well as social and financial disadvantage can be barriers to equality of opportunity and therefore welcomes the introduction of 'Pupil Premium'. The Pupil Premium fund was introduced in April 2011 to provide additional support for children who are 'looked after' and those from low income families.
The Government has stated that children currently receiving free school meals are low income families as are children who have received a free school meal at some point during the previous six years. This is known as the ‘Ever 6’ Pupil Premium. Children adopted from care receive an enhanced payment known as Pupil Premium Plus. Ofsted group children receiving the Pupil Premium for whatever reason as being ‘disadvantaged pupils’.
The aim of Pupil Premium is to reduce the underlying inequalities for Looked After Children (LAC), for those currently or previously entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) and children whose parents are in the Services (SV). The funding is allocated to school on the basis of the pupils’ status on termly census days when schools have to complete data about their pupils.
Current data demonstrates that those pupils who are LAC, FSM or SV are often disadvantaged and hence do not do achieve as well in school. The Pupil Premium Grant gives schools the ability to implement different strategies to enable those individuals to make as good as, or better progress, as their peers. The school implements many different strategies to for the “educational benefit of pupils registered at that school”.
Reference: “educational benefit” – ‘Pupil Premium Grant, 2015 to 2016: conditions of grant’, page 6 – revised by Department for Education, April 2016
The purpose of Pupil Premium funding is to address inequalities and improve provision for disadvantaged pupils in order to close the educational gap between their achievements and that of their peers. Research indicates that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers widens through the course of a child’s education.
Throughout your child’s time at our schools we carefully allocate the budget, tailoring it to the individual child, ensuring they get the best for their education. We can provide a ‘Pupil Premium Pack’ of school uniform to help with this expense as well as funding after school clubs and school trips to further enhance their educational experience, raise aspirations and build self-esteem. However, the majority of the funding is used for interventions to specifically target the individuals learning needs, to help 'close the gap'.
Regular meetings with Teachers and TAs take place to look at each child’s data as well as social and emotional needs to decide what interventions would best support the individual. This support and the interventions put in place to aid disadvantaged or vulnerable pupils are ultimately aimed at ensuring that all benefit equally from the wide range of opportunities that are on offer at Bude Primary Federation. We believe that interventions should have a positive, meaningful impact for children. It is important to ensure that they provide value for money by tracking the spending of the additional funding and evaluating the effectiveness of measures that have been put in place regarding the improvement of outcomes.
Further information on our 'Pupil Premium data' and how we are 'closing the gap' and our 'Pupil Premium Spending' can be downloaded on the links on this page. If you require a paper copy, please enquire at the school office.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you (or the child themselves in their own right) is in receipt of any of the following benefits.
Please note that anyone claiming Working Tax Credit, Contribution-Based Job Seeker's Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance is NOT eligible for free school meals, regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed. However, you will be temporarily eligible to claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run-on, which is the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Bude Junior School Pupil Premium spending
As part of the Bude Communities’ Schools’ Trust, we fund a Parent Support Advisor (PSA) from Pupil Premium money so that we are able to offer our pupils and their families advice, help and support pro-actively. Emma Thomas is our Trust PSA.
We have also recently invested Pupil Premium money to introduce the ‘Thrive’ approach at Bude Primary Federation. Thrive identifies areas for social and emotional development within our school population and creates action plans of activities that have been demonstrated to boost pupils’ social and emotional well-being.
Each school has a pupil premium lead to whom parents can talk to about anything Pupil Premium related; Mrs R Sheppard at Bude Infant School and Mr B Patton at Bude Junior School
The EEF is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children and young people from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. The EEF fund rigorous evaluations of innovative projects aiming to raise pupils’ attainment. They do this to find out what’s most likely to work effectively and cost-effectively, and to put that into action across the country.
The EEF regularly update their TEACHING and LEARNING TOOLKIT which is a ‘league table’ of the most positively impactful ideas to narrow the attainment gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil premium children.
The most up-to-date research-based EEF Toolkit can be found here.
At Bude Primary Federation we are aware of the findings of the EEF and currently the following ideas are being used in practice as we continue to strive to adopt more effective teaching and learning strategies that have been demonstrated to benefit Pupil Premium children.
The ideas are listed below alongside their positive impact measured in months, as stated by the EEF: