The ‘Pupil Premium’ is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM (Free School Meals) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. From April 2012, the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
The level of the Pupil Premium set for 2012-13 is £600 per pupil, this is being increased to £900 for 2013-14. Schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
At Latimer Primary School the Pupil Premium is used to ensure that all pupils reach their potential, and at least the national expectations for literacy and numeracy levels, regardless of their social situation. Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve L3 at the end of KS1 or L5 at the end of KS2.
IThis is achieved through using the premium to pay for skilled teaching assistants who are trained to deliver quality intervention programmes aimed at helping children to catch up to the level they should be. Some of the work scheduled for 2012/13 includes:
• All FSM pupils in danger of not meeting national expectations in reading will read with an adult for a minimum of 3 days a week (we aim to give this provision every day where possible).
• Provision of Breakfast/After School Club, walking bus facilities and help towards voluntary contributions for educational visits.
• Year 1 “FFT Literacy Interventions” (which rapidly increases progress in reading and writing).
• SEN Intervention programmes, including Specialist Dyslexia Teaching and speech and language development.
• Skilled phonics intervention
• Care Coordinator funding
• Upper Primary Maths and Literacy intervention programmes