What is it?
The Pupil Premium is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years, are in care, have been adopted or have parents in the Armed Forces. Schools have the freedom to spend it on what they feel will best support the children.
How is it spent?
Some children will already be doing well in reading, writing, maths or other subjects. However, there may be things we can do to stretch them further, to help them aim high or to build their confidence- like having a mentor, visits to Garforth Academy, taking part in activities to develop social, emotional or language skills.
Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities. If children are behind in reading, writing, maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have special small group or one to one teaching.
We call these ‘intervention programmes’ that research shows work.
If you would like to see what the research shows, go to http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit .
We spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantages children/young people.
Children in receipt of Pupil Premium at Green Lane have one after school activity and one musical instrument tuition paid for per term. Children can also access free milk and support to buy uniform.
How much parents and carers get involved with their child’s learning makes a BIG difference to how well they do at school. So, we also spend money on activities that help keep you informed about their targets and progress and confident in knowing how to support their learning.
How will parents/carers know it is working?
We track all children’s progress each term so we can quickly see if plans are working.
If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme and at the end so that we can see the difference.
We will report to you at parents’ evenings, held in November and March. However, if you would like information on your child’s progress at any time, please get in touch with Mrs Hector.
Where can I get more information?
For more information about how we plan provision and track progress speak to Mrs Carlisle or Miss Egan.
I am not sure if my child could have free school meals. Where can I get more information?
Please speak to Mrs Hector. She can be contacted through the academy office. In confidence, she will be happy to give you some help.
What did we find out last year about how well the Pupil Premium had worked?
Last year, we spent the Pupil Premium on small group intervention sessions in phonics, nurture groups, bespoke academic groups in reading, writing and maths across school, uniforms, experience days and class trips, transition activities, musical instrument tuition, staff training, Learning Mentor and Teaching Assistants support.
You can read more about how we utilise the Pupil Premium funding on our Statutory Information page here.