Pupil Premium Team:
Mrs K Jefferson & Mrs D Quarless-McGee
Pupil Premium Policy Statement
At Coppice Farm Primary, all members of staff and governors accept responsibility for all pupils, recognising that a number of pupils within our school population, some of whom are not eligible for pupil premium funding, may at any point during their time at school require additional support and intervention. We are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs in a nurturing environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is in receipt of the pupil premium is valued, respected and entitled to develop to their full potential.
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium grant is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, but not always, children who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to diminish the difference between them and their classmates.
The following groups are eligible for pupil premium:
- pupils who are recorded as eligible for free school meals, or have been recorded as eligible in the past 6 years, including eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
- children looked after by local authorities, referred to as looked-after children
- children previously looked after by a local authority or other state care, referred to as previously looked-after children
Schools have the freedom to spend the pupil premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body and staff of Coppice Farm Primary will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the school will ensure that the needs of pupils are adequately assessed and clarified at termly pupil progress meetings. In making provision for pupils, the Governors and staff recognise that not all pupils who are in receipt of the pupil premium will be disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged qualify for the pupil premium. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. Other possible barriers to attainment that we take into consideration include:
- Unmet personal, social, emotional and developmental needs, particularly for children on entry to EYFS
- Attendance at a lower rate than peers in school
- Emotional and social needs that impact on learning including mental health and wellbeing
Each child, eligible for pupil premium in a primary school is allocated £1345. Combined with much larger sums from the main school budget, we are able to provide many additional opportunities for the children at Coppice Farm Primary. Pupil Premium includes children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years - these are known as Ever 6 children.
How will the Premium be spent:
Pupils supported and tutored by our Pupil Premium teacher, Mrs Jefferson, who works individually, in pairs or, on occasion, in small groups, with pupils. This allows her to discuss learning points where pupils feel they can ask about aspects of learning they don't understand. Pupils have feedback books which they keep in lessons to record areas of work they require more support with. The school has a pupil premium first strategy where their books are marked first and they receive feedback first.
Research has shown that small group tutoring, feedback and a focus on Literacy skills really benefit children in terms of accelerating progress.
Mrs Jefferson works alongside class teachers, reviewing and planning sessions for pupils with specific target areas across different core subject areas.
Funding is also used to enable pupils to access extra-curricular and pastoral activities.
How we spend our Pupil Premium funding:
Is your child eligible?
Your child may be eligible for this funding if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
- Universal credit
If you need any help with this then please don’t hesitate to come in and see us. Registering is really quick and easy – you can apply online at https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-meals/free-school-meals-and-milk and get an immediate answer. If you are eligible, we will be notified - the additional funding we could receive will help us to support your child in school.