A SUMMARY FOR PARENTS
Pupil Premium funding is money which comes from the government depending on how many children in school are eligible for free school meals or are ‘looked after’. In 2018-2019 Queens Road Academy received a total of £99,000 pupil premium funding.
This extra funding is aimed at improving life chances for children from less advantaged backgrounds including raising their levels in reading, writing and maths.
In 2019, 39% of Queens Road Academy pupils were eligible for pupil premium, compared with national average (2019) of 15.8% (FSM).
The governing body asks the head teacher annually what the money has been spent on and what difference it has made, in addition to reviewing the progress of these pupils each term.
“The pupil premium funding is used effectively to provide additional, well-thought-out activities that support disadvantaged pupils successfully in their work and are helping to close the gaps between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally.” OFSTED April 2015
The school tracks the amount of progress free school meals children make in all year groups.
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
Pupil Premium funding is an amount of money received by schools based upon the number of pupils at the school eligible for FSM and children who are looked after and children who have a parent in the Armed Forces.
The Pupil Premium funding has a number of aims:
- To increase social mobility
- To enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access quality further education
- To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally
- To improve the achievement of pupils eligible for PP by closing the gap with their peers
Our Principles and Provision – How does it work?
Simply spending money on children does not necessarily improve their learning or their aspirations. If pupil premium is to succeed, the choices the school makes in allocating the money are vital so that the funding can raise pupil attainment and aspirations. The money needs to be, after consultation with staff, as part of a strategic approach to raising standards across the school, providing better opportunities academically, as well as developing life, work and personal skills to give them the best chance of a successful future.
At Queens Road we use Pupil Premium funding to enable us to provide a number of different interventions and strategies which impact, both directly and indirectly, by providing additional support for pupils highlighted by the government as needing it most.
Future Spend action outline
- To promote the healthy start to school for pupils – Investment in Magic Breakfast Club
- To maximise learning by providing additional support for those pupils at risk of underperformance from their starting points
- To develop acquisition of English language
- Promotion of skills for life and developing confidence
The senior leadership team will report termly to the Governing Body on the use and impact of the Pupil Premium Grant.
Simon Kaufman (Head Teacher)