Pupil Premium

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED - 03.03.17

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils who are (or have been at any time in the last 6 years) entitled to free school meals (FSM), Looked After Children (CLA) and Service Children and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered. This amounts to £1320 per pupil for FSM, £1900 for Looked After Children and £300 for Services Children. This funding provides excellent additional resources that will directly support your child in school. 

The Government believes that Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium Funding? 

Your child is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding if you are in receipt of ANY of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

To check if your child is eligible, simply call Suffolk County Council on 01473 260989 or pop into school and speak to Mrs Tina Shute (Co-Headteacher).

Pupil Premium at Cedarwood Primary School

Named Staff with specific responsibility for Pupil Premium: Mrs Tina Shute 

Named Governor with specific responsibility for Pupil Premium: Mrs Sue Whetton

At Cedarwood  Primary School, Pupil Premium represents a relatively small proportion of our overall budget. We use this premium to ensure service pupils, pupils entitled to free school meals and Looked after Children have any barriers to learning removed.

Review of Pupil Premium Strategy 2015-16

Funding received - £36,740

Provision 

In 2015-16 we used the Pupil Premium in the following ways and according to individual need:

*Targeted teaching assistant support for reading, writing and maths according to pupils' needs

Speech and language therapist

Pupil Support Assistant 

£33,348

* Cool Milk Scheme - £200

* School uniform - £100

* Payment of or towards school trips -  £440

* Holiday clubs

* Extra-curricular clubs, such as Early Birds Sports Club run by PE Coaches, Art Club - £200.00  

* Art therapist - £600

* PALs Scheme - Pets as Learners

In addition to individual, targeted support for pupils, Attainment in Reading has been a priority focus for all those receiving the premium.

Outcomes 2015-16

As well as monitoring the attainment and progress of all pupils, staff and governors closely monitor pupils who have received pupil premium funding to evaluate the impact of support that is undertaken.

Results for the last academic year 2015-16 shows that the targeted support enabled 91% of pupils receiving the premium, to achieve the 'Expected' standards for English and Maths and led to 17% of pupils exceeding these in Writing. 22%  in Maths, and 30% in Reading, which was a priority focus of the premium.

OFSTED dashboard:  'For Key Stage 1 disadvantaged pupils, attainment of at least the expected standard in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was close to or above national figures for other pupils. For Key Stage 1 disadvantaged pupils, attainment of greater depth in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was close to or above national figures for other pupils.'

In addition to the pupils' academic progress, all pupils have made excellent progress in the areas of social and emotional development and in t heir learning behaviours. Attendance over time of pupils receiving the premium funding has also improved.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17

Funding allocated £36,926

Provision 

For the financial year 2016-17, our school plans to continue the 2015 provision, detailed above with the addition of a focus on ensuring pupils with SEND, who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium, make good or outstanding progress.

To address this focus, the 'Pebbles' scheme will be introduced to allow for smaller steps towards the expected Milestones in Reading, Writing and Maths to be identified, taught and measured. For detailed information about the Pupil Premium Strategy for 2016-17, please contact Tina Shute.

Monitoring Processes

As well as monitoring the attainment and progress of all pupils, staff and governors will closely monitor pupils who have received Pupil Premium funding to evaluate the impact of support that is undertaken. This will take the form of termly Pupil Progress Meetings, Pupil Premium Strategy Meetings, Work Scrutiny, Data Analysis, Learning Walks and Pupil Perceptions activities.

Pupil Premium Strategy meetings will take place annually and will involve the Learning and Teaching committee, named Pupil Premium governor and the Senior Management Team. The date of the next meeting is March 2017.