Pupil Premium Funding
Schools receive pupil premium funding (known as the Pupil Premium Grant - PPG) as part of the main school funding to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. It is intended that the PPG should support raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and therefore help diminish the academic achievement difference between children who are eligible and those who are not. The PPG was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to support children from low-income families who are currently eligible for free school meals or have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years, sometimes known as Ever 6 FSM. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel in the armed forces. From 2014, it was extended to include children who had left care through adoption, special guardianship order, child arrangements or a residence order in recognition of their continuing level of vulnerability and need.
The proportion of children eligible at Coppetts Wood Primary School is currently 30%.
We use a range of formative and summative assessment methods to gather pupil information for each child. Our Pupil Information Trackers that are used to track individuals’ progress throughout their time at Coppetts Wood are the main part of our evaluation process. In addition, we monitor other factors such as attendance and punctuality, parental involvement and evaluations from specific projects, along with how well all opportunities and initiatives are accessed by the identified groups of pupils.
At Coppetts Wood, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and believe in creating a range of learning experiences that ensure enrichment opportunities for all children. We are determined to ensure that all our pupils are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding represents a significant proportion of our budget and our strategy outlines how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, including ensuring that the compound needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive the PPG will be disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM or the PPG. 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 disadvantaged. Therefore, any group will be made up of children in receipt of the PPG and those not where their needs are similar, or where meeting their needs helps to create a learning environment more conducive to success for all.
- 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 the PPG will be in receipt of interventions at one time.
- Our work through the use of the PPG will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to make at least expected progress against others nationally.
- Pupil premium funding will also be used to enable more able children receiving the PPG to achieve greater depth at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Our Pupil Premium Champion is Faramade Alawaye, Deputy Head Teacher.