Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Its aim is to reduce underlying inequalities for Looked After or adopted pupils; those currently or previously entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), and pupils whose parents are in the Armed Forces (PIAF).
Key Objectives of PP allocation:
- To maximise the level of targeted support available for all pupils so that any barriers to learning are reduced
- To narrow and eradicate any gaps in the outcomes of PP and non-PP pupils
- To support and improve the wellbeing of all pupils
PP funding is received for the following categories:
- Pupils eligible for FSM
- Pupils who have previously claimed FSM in the last six years (E6)
- Pupils who have been adopted
- Pupils in care of the local authority for one day or more (Children in Care)
- Pupils who have left local authority care because of adoption, special guardianship, child arrangement order or a residence order
- PIAF pupils eligible under the following criteria:
- One parent is serving in the Armed Forces
- They have been registered as a ‘service child’ since 2012
- One parent has died while serving in the Armed Frces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
If you believe that your child qualifies under one the categories above and you need assistance, please contact the school. In all cases, we would encourage families to claim FSM and register if they are an Armed Forces family. Further details on how to claim for FSM can be found here.
PHSG receives funding depending on our number of pupils. However, schools must allocate spending across the following three key areas:
1. Support high-quality teaching, such as staff professional development. This will not only benefit PP pupils but all pupils at the school.
2. Provide targeted academic support.
3. Tackle any barriers to academic success, such as difficulties with attendance, behaviour, and social and emotional wellbeing.
PP is not a personal budget for eligible pupils.
PHSG recognises that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM. The school reserves the right to allocate PP funding to support any pupil or group of pupils that the school has legitimately recognised as being socially disadvantaged.
Every teacher identifies the needs of all pupils in their classes and relevant support is put into place. The class teacher, Head of Year and Deputy Headteacher, monitor the pupil’s progress to ensure provision successfully meets the needs of all pupils.
Implemented strategies may vary from year to year depending upon the needs of our pupils, but may include:
- Additional individual or small group support programmes for those pupils who need a boost to their learning in order to reach their potential
- The support of a Learning Mentor to support pupils to overcome barriers to learning. Support would include helping pupils with their organisational skills, specific educational needs and/or social needs
- The purchase of resources, such as revision guides
- Training for teachers to promote inclusive classrooms
- Training for teachers to improve teaching and learning strategies, including pupil feedback
- PIAF Support Group
- Access to school trips and extracurricum