Find out more about Pupil Premium, how it is spent and the impact it has had...
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. In 2012–13 schools were allocated a total of £1.25 billion funding for children from low-income families
who were eligible for free schoolmeals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
What is the impact of Pupil Premium on Schools?
OFSTED have recently undertaken a detailed research project as to how schools were spending their Pupil Premium and the impact it has had upon the education of the children for which the Pupil Premium has been targeted.
You can read their findings here:
What were the main recommendations from the OFSTED report?
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 free school meals where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as barriers to its take-up.
Local authorities should ensure that there is greater consistency and transparency in the way in which the Pupil Premium is allocated to non-mainstream schools.
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.
If schools do not target Pupil Premium money effectively, then government should consider ring fencing, payment linked to outcomes, or other mechanisms to improve its use.
|How much did Ruskin receive and how are they spending it?
In 2013 - 2014 Ruskin received £83804 to cover the 92 named children who receive PupilPremium.
We have used the money in a variety of ways, always targeting the children it was aimed at:
*Intervention activities/smaller teaching groups/additional teachers: £10,489
*TA Support for specific children and interventions: £96,803
*Support for Educational Visits: £16,330
*Family Support: £22,189
*Outside Agency Support: £6,160
Scroll down to view a visual representation of how this was spent
|How are Ruskin responding to the recommendations from the National OFSTED report?
1) All children for whom Pupil Premium has been designated are tracked individually through both learning progress and the use of Pupil Premium within our school's financial management system.
2) The majority of Pupil Premium has been spent on providing smaller classes and teaching assistants to support learning in class. The focus of the smaller groups are on reading, writing and maths and have ensured that we have been able to maintain more, smaller teaching groups. Children entitled to Pupil Premium are tracked, along with every child inschool, and their progress monitored. Evaluation of groupings are conducted, with changes made if required. Evidence on progress within both maths and reading suggests that current organisation and structures are working well when looking at pupil progress.
3) We publicise to parents the need for them to apply for free school meals for their children if they feel that the meet the criteria. For every child who is on the Free School Meal register, they will receive Pupil Premium for 6 years (this has been agreed by Swindon Local Authority).
4) We will be able to show OFSTED the way in which we have used our Pupil Premium, how we have targeted the children it is intended for and the impact which it has had through both data and financial checks.
What has been the impact of Pupil Premium on the learning and progress of pupils at Ruskin?
Progress of Pupil Premium 2013-14 is summarised below (with the overall national percentages for all pupils in brackets) and is compared with the school’s non Pupil Premium progress
- 94%(91%) of Pupil Premium pupils made expected progress in reading compared with 79% of non Pupil Premium pupils in the school
- 91%(93%) of Pupil Premium pupils made expected progress in writing compared with 87% of non Pupil Premium pupils in the school
- 79%(89%) of Pupil Premium pupils made expected progress in maths compared with 72% of non Pupil Premium pupils in the school