What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to children who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals (FSM), within the last six years. The grant is also made available to support children of service personnel and those who are looked after by the local authority (LAC). Nationally there is a gap between the progress and attainment of Disadvantaged students and Non Disadvantaged students.
How is the Pupil Premium Grant used?
At Sharples School, we aim to use this grant to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and close this gap. We place an emphasis on the core skills of literacy and numeracy, as we believe these make the greatest impact on progress. To promote an aspirational vision for their future after school we seek to secure Disadvantaged students with the skills and ambition to reach their goals and raise their ambitions.
How does Sharples School know what to spend the Pupil Premium Grant on?
In deciding where to spend our Pupil Premium Grant we look at a range of external studies. In particular:
- Research on disadvantaged pupils and the vocabulary gap has helped us to focus on key literacy gaps, (LINK: https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/periodicals/TheEarlyCatastrophe.pdf)
- Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning is used to form our ideas (LINK: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/pupil-premium-guide/ ).
- Sutton Trust report: “The Pupil Premium: Next Steps”(LINK: https://www.suttontrust.com/news-opinion/all-news-opinion/government-should-reward-schools-who-consistently-improve-results-for-disadvantaged-pupils-with-their-pupil-premium/).
Together with our own in school data and assessments, we have identified four key areas to support Disadvantaged students. The barriers to learning for Pupil Premium students at Sharples School include:
- Below average attainment for Literacy and Numeracy from KS2
- Aspirational goals
- Resilience to challenge
Is my child eligible for Free School Meals?
A SchoolComms questionnaire is sent out regularly by the school for parents to complete to see if their child is eligible for Free School Meals and be part of the Pupil Premium Grant. Click on the following link to begin your application for Free School Meals:
Pupil Premium Strategy