For the current financial year (2019-2020) we have received £16140 of 'Pupil Premium' income. This will drop to £13500 in the 2020-2021 financial year which includes the summer term of the current academic year.
At The FitzHerbert Primary, we have always identified children very early into their time at school who need extra support and therefore all of our pupils make outstanding progress during their time here.
To ensure this support continues we are currently using our funding to have a very high adult to pupil ratio at the school which allows us to offer high-quality intervention programmes and for every child to receive a personalised curriculum with more 'teacher time' to ensure that it is of the very highest quality. For this year, we have allocated £14000 of the pupil premium for this purpose. The impact of this is that pupils who attract the pupil premium, when measured as a group, are making better at least expected progress in reading, writing and mathematics* and are accelerating their learning, ensuring that their attainment is the same as, or moving closer towards, that of peers of similar ability.
We utilise the rest of the money (£2140) to eliminate any barriers to learning. This includes supporting good attendance, which also impacts on the progress the pupils are making. Resources that support learning are purchased as required, including those for specific individual needs and schemes of work that address specific areas of the curriculum where pupils may require extra support.
Where appropriate, we also use the funding to ensure that no child ever misses out on an experience because of financial constraints. The evidence collected through pupil and parent questionnaires demonstrates that this impacts on the personal development, well-being and behaviour of pupils.
We analyse all of our data and review individual strategies every half-term and have clear evidence that pupils who attract the pupil premium perform exceptionally well and are able to close gaps on their peers where these are in evidence upon entry to the school. Due to the small numbers of pupils who receive the pupil premium, we are not able to publish end of key stage results as it may be possible to identify individuals.
If you think your child may be entitled to Free School Meals you can click here to download a form that will help school to check that for you. This is extremely important to the school as we receive an extra £1320 to support children who are entitled to Free School Meals even if they don’t ever actually have the meal. This also applies to infants even though they now all get a free meal as part of the new government scheme. We can provide paper copies of this (all in the strictest confidence) for anyone who thinks they may qualify and once you’ve filled it in, we can do the rest.
*Based on the end of year outcomes for all pupils in the 2018/19 academic year