What is Pupil Premium funding?
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of pupils who are vulnerable to possible under achievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those ‘looked after’ by the Local Authority and children of Armed Service Personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment. It is for schools to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At Lugwardine Primary Academy funding continues to be used as follows, in order to accelerate progress and raise attainment of Pupil Premium pupils:
- To ensure that attendance of pupils is consistent with whole school targets.
- To ensure that pupils have their needs clearly identified and their progress closely monitored through school.
- To support the cost of employing staff, to support pupils in small group work.
- To provide high quality staff training.
- To ensure quality first teaching.
- To provide intervention programmes for under achieving pupils and those with special educational needs who require a boost to their learning, eg small group reading, writing, maths tuition.
- To support the cost of employing a Pupil Premium Higher Level Teaching Assistant to identify and address individual needs.
- To support the cost of employing a Learning Mentor to support pupils in overcoming barriers to learning.
- To provide specialist tuition, eg. music, sport and out of hours support.
- To provide additional teaching hours to enable pupils to be taught in smaller groups.
- Ensure Pupil Premium pupils have access to extra curricular activities.
- Provision of resources and assessment materials to enable pupils to maximise progress and attainment.
What is Service Pupil Premium?
A child is eligible for the SSP for the 2022-23 financial year if they meet 1 of the following conditions:
- One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces, and this is registered before the autumn school census deadline or
- They have been registered as a 'service child' at any point since the autumn 2016 census (an ever 6 service child), or
- 1 of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
At Lugwardine Primary we currently have 12 service children who have the opportunity to meet together on a regular basis with staff who have also military alliances or backgrounds to complete forest school activities.
The school also uses ‘Little Troopers’ to provide families with regular updates, handy information and resources when needed.