Pupil Premium at Butterwick Primary School
At Butterwick Primary School it is our aim to support every child in whatever way we can. Generally, this is done by providing excellent, high quality classroom learning delivered by teachers and teaching assistants. Sometimes this is supplemented by a variety of interventions to support vulnerable learners. These interventions are introduced as and when appropriate and most often in consultation with parents, teachers and other support agencies.
Our School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions and this includes funding such as the Pupil Premium.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. In 2012–13 schools were allocated a total of £1.25 billion funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
What is the impact of Pupil Premium on Schools?
OFSTED have recently undertaken a detailed research project as to how schools were spending their Pupil Premium and the impact it has had upon the education of the children for which the Pupil Premium has been targeted.
What were the main recommendations from the OFSTED report?
School leaders, including governing bodies, should ensure that Pupil Premium funding is not simply absorbed into mainstream budgets, but instead is carefully targeted at the designated children. They should be able to identify clearly how the money is being spent.
School leaders, including governing bodies, should evaluate their Pupil Premium spending, avoid spending it on activities that have little impact on achievement for their disadvantaged pupils, and spend it in ways known to be most effective.
Schools should continue to seek ways to encourage parents and carers to apply for free school meals where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as barriers to its take-up.
Local authorities should ensure that there is greater consistency and transparency in the way in which the Pupil Premium is allocated to non-mainstream schools.
Ofsted should continue to evaluate the use of Pupil Premium funding by schools to ensure that they are focusing it on disadvantaged pupils and using it effectively.