Pupil Premium Strategy
Purpose of Report
Ark Schools Board has asked individual school LGBs to consider and discuss the application of Pupil Premium funding. This report gives the context and information to support that discussion.
The LGB is asked to discuss the information below and to indicate its support for the school’s approach to the use of Pupil Premium funds.
The Pupil Premium is a per-pupil payment, additional to main school funding, which is intended to address underlying socioeconomic inequalities between pupils.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
New measures will be included in performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
From September 2012, schools are also required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
Ofsted conducted a survey of Pupil Premium usage during April / May 2012. Recommendations from the findings included the following:
School leaders, including governing bodies, should ensure that Pupil Premium funding is not simply absorbed into mainstream budgets, but instead is carefully targeted at the designated children. They
should be able to identify clearly how the money is being spent. School leaders, including governing bodies, should evaluate their Pupil Premium spending, avoid spending it on activities that have little impact on achievement for their disadvantaged pupils, and spend it in ways known to be most effective.
Schools should continue to seek ways to encourage parents and carers to apply for FSM where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as barriers to its take-up.
Ofsted should continue to evaluate the use of Pupil Premium funding by schools to ensure that they are focusing it on disadvantaged pupils and using it effectively.