Pupil Premium funding is intended to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium Nationally
The pupil premium funding for publicly funded schools in England is intended to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to:
- local authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units
- voluntary-sector alternative provision with local authority agreement
- special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS)
- academies and free schools, including special and AP academies
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Pupil Premium at Newfield
Each financial year Newfield receives Pupil Premium to help narrow the gap in performance and improve the quality of teaching and learning for pupils who are eligible, and claim for, Free School Meals. The amount of this grant will vary from year to year and it is heavily subsidised from the total school funds available in order to ensure our children receive consistent staffing expertise.
At Newfield School all our children are vulnerable and we have identified that no particular group of children do less well than any other group. Newfield has developed a Pupil premium position statement & Pupil premium provision criteria to support understanding of how we use the funding to provide interventions.
Academic year 2016 – 2017
Information about how the pupil premium funding for the academic year 2016-17 was spent is detailed in an extensive spreadsheet that explains exactly how the money was spent, per pupil, based on intervention activities: This is available from the school. In the academic year 2016/2017 we received a pupil premium amount of £68,316.
Compared to their peers nationally, pupils in primary 2016/2017 were making expected or above expected progress in English and Maths at 98%; pupils in secondary were making expected or above expected progress in English and in Maths at 95%.
Academic year September 2017 – March 2018
We received an amount of £39,035. There will be a further allocation, yet to be determined, in the new financial year, after April 2018.
It is our intention to spend this amount towards the employment of Higher Level Teaching Assistants, who offer targeted individual and group support to deliver specialist interventions with pupils including Visual Impairment, Autism, Communication, Mobility, Sensory Integration, Outreach, Music, Counselling and Switch use. This will be used to provide individual interventions for pupils, based on where there is an identified need to support progress.
Pupil assessment is completed termly with analysis of summative and formative results for individuals and groups of pupils to ensure that targeted resources secure equal outcomes for all children (see Equality Policy).