The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools to help support the education of those children who are eligible for Free School Meals or for children who are Looked After. At Hempland Primary our overall aim is to use the Pupil Premium Grant to provide equal opportunities and narrow attainment gaps. We use this premium in a number of ways:
- To provide additional teaching assistant time to support children develop the basic skills of reading, writing and maths
- To provide support for children who may need to further develop their wider skills. This may be small group activities, communication skills, confidence activities or targeting children to attend extra-curricular clubs
- To provide financial support, for example to help pay for school visits or swimming lessons
- As a contingency fund to support unforeseen need of a child in similar circumstances.
Service Pupil Premium
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from Service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant. The Service Pupil Premium has a slightly different purpose to the Disadvantaged Pupil Premium, focusing more on pastoral support than academic progress. The SPP is an allocation of £300 per service child (Reception to Year 11) who meets the eligibility criteria, which is paid directly to school. It is designed to assist the school in providing additional support that these children and/or their families may need.
Although we are not in the usual catchment for York Garrison, we do have a small number of Service children who are an important and integral part of our school community. We recognise that military life can present a diverse range of opportunities and experiences but also that it has its challenges; we understand that aspects of Service life may be a struggle, at times, for some of our pupils and their families. The support that school provides will vary as every pupil is different and every circumstance they face is unique. We recognise that the provision may not be directly relevant to one particular child at a specific point in time, the pupil may well come to need this in the future.
We very much value our partnership with parents; if you know that something is on the horizon which may affect your children, please let us know. The Service Pupil Premium funding that school receives goes towards addressing a number of identified needs including:
- ELSA training for a designated member of staff, who works proactively and reactively to deliver support for the social and emotional wellbeing of pupils. The work also involves 1:1 meetings and delivering targeted support programmes.
- Pupil support intervention – to ensure rapid identification of gaps in knowledge, barriers to learning and additional needs. Once these have been established, additional provision, interventions and support can be put in place.
For further details on SPP please contact us. More information can also be accessed at www.gov.uk.