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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium money is additional funding which is allocated to schools to be used to support children who belong to groups which are vulnerable to underachievement. This includes children who are entitled to free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The purpose of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.

 

The amount of money allocated to schools under Pupil Premium is clearly identifiable. It is, however, at the discretion of the school to decide how it is spent, since they are in the best position to assess what intervention strategies or additional support will be best placed to support their individual pupils to make progress.

 

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.

 

For the financial year 2017-18, Fairhaven Primary School is predicted to receive £38,420 in Pupil Premium funding.  This money is not 'ring fenced', however, as good practice has shown, the way this money is used should be planned and allocated at the start of the financial year.  The statement below shows how we plan to spend this money.

The provision to which funds have been allocated has been decided based on rigorous research about interventions which have the most impact. The Sutton Trust – EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit has been used to prioritise spending based on potential impact. Low cost strategies with a high impact currently being used in school which are not reflected in the above spend include:

  • Effective marking and feedback;
  • The use of meta-cognition and strategies to improve the independence of children;
  • Mastery Learning.

 

Strategies being funded by this year's spend include:

  • One to one tuition;
  • Promotion of positive mental health;
  • Small group tuition;
  • Reducing class sizes in years 5 and 6.

 

All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.

 

Applications for free school meals can be made by e-mail to freeschoolmeals.benefits@dudley.gov.uk. Changes of circumstance can be notified by visiting http://www.dudley.gov.uk/resident/your-council/benefits/free-school-meals/

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