The Pupil Premium is allocated for each school to decide how best to support children from low-income families and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed services.
The current level of the premium is £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible at any point in the last 6 years for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care (CLA) and make payments to schools where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
The premium for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces has been set at £300 for 2016-17 and is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
For children adopted from care the allocation is £1900.
Marlborough School’s Pupil Premium for 2016-2017 is £46,060. It has been allocated to support the needs of children identified by the school through a range of provision including:
- partial funding of the individual needs co-ordinator’s dedicated time allocation
- pastoral support for vulnerable children and their families both through developing expertise in-school and accessing appropriate external agencies
- additional teaching assistant support across the school (individual and group activities, art and technology)
- financial support of educational visits and enrichment activities
- intervention programmes in English and Maths with additional extension materials to support the development of reading and essential numeracy skills
We monitor the use of our pupil premium funds and review allocation priorities annually. The impact of last year’s allocations has been:
- greater efficiency in identifying social and emotional needs and accessing appropriate support
- informed guidance and practical assistance for vulnerable families ensuring sustained attendance levels for these children
- inclusive involvement in enrichment activities improving self-confidence and team commitment
- access to wider cultural events and activities leading to improved self-esteem and raised personal aspirations
- improved progress across ks2 particularly in writing and maths