Pupil Premium

Mount Pleasant Primary School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps in achievement.  We recognise that all children, regardless of background, should have equal access to a curriculum to enable them to achieve their full potential.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is a government initiative aimed at providing additional funding to schools in order for them to close the gap between children from disadvantaged families to their peers. It is the school’s decision as to how the Pupil Premium is spent, as schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their own school. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium. Any child who is eligible or has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) over the last six years is seen as a child with disadvantage. Any child who has been looked after for one day or more (LAC) is also eligible for this funding. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.

Why is this funding needed?

This additional funding is provided by the Government, because research suggests that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers.  The Government recognise that often, 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 narrow the gap between them and their peers.

How much additional funding is provided?

In 2018/19 the funding allocated is £1320 per child of Primary School age, and £1900 for Looked After Children.

A useful guide for parents, which explains about the 'Pupil Premium' in more detail can be found by clicking here

What do we do at Mount Pleasant Primary School?

At Mount Pleasant we firmly believe in raising the attainment for all our pupils through setting high expectations and ensuring all pupils receive quality first teaching. We provide the very best resources and enrichment opportunities and through visits to places of interest and participation in community events, our children are exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities.

The school has a coordinated approach to implementing its pupil premium plans and through an identified governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium ensures that that there are clear levels of accountability. Pupil Premium expenditure and impact are reported back to the Governors’ Standards and Effectiveness sub-committee, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.

September 2018 – figures

Total number of pupils on roll – 595 (excluding Nursery)

Number and percentage of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding – 156 (26.2%)

Barriers faced by pupils eligible for pupil premium

There are many barriers and challenges facing our children eligible for pupil premium. It is also important to remember that many of our families narrowly fail to meet the pupil premium eligibility criteria, therefore there is a much wider group of pupils whom this affects. Below are a number of possible barriers to educational achievement for some of the pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium:

  • Oral language skills are low on entry to Nursery and School; this impacts negatively on both academic as well as other areas of learning, such as making friends.
  • Whilst our parents are eager to support their children at school, some find this difficult and lack confidence in their own abilities.
  • Lack of educational and experiential learning for some of our Pupil Premium children, such as trips, music lessons and participation in physical activities, outside of school.
  • Some pupils have high levels of need relating to a range of social, emotional and educational factors.
  • A high proportion of our disadvantaged pupils speak English as an additional language which impacts particularly on their understanding of more complex vocabulary and academic language.

Aims of the School’s Pupil Premium Strategy Spending

  • Reduce attainment gap between the school’s disadvantaged pupils and others nationally. Raise the in-school attainment of both disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
  • Have strategies in place so that children are supported to manage their own emotional and social needs better.
  • Work with families to increase their confidence in supporting children at home.

Mount Pleasant Approach

  • Raising the attainment of all pupils – no child is left behind
  • High quality teaching for all – continued professional development for all staff
  • Using data effectively - identifying gaps, and checking if anyone is making slow progress and providing solutions
  • Meeting individual learning needs – what are the individual next steps, can they be addressed in class through marking and feedback and using tailored interventions?
  • Deployment of staff – additional adults deployed strategically  across the school
  • High quality feedback and responsive marking – all staff trained to ensure this is effective
  • Using interventions which have worked for the school , such as FFT and through regular monitoring and reviews identifying other successful interventions
  • All support staff involved in weekly planning- this provides regular professional development and everyone is homed into the planning and data for groups of children
  • Early intervention – pre nursery groups, home visits, access to outside agencies
  • Family learning sessions – to engage parents with children’s learning and being able to support at home
  • Reduced costs for visits, flapjack, book bags and study guides so that all pupils can have full access and be fully equipped
  • Free breakfast so children can be ready and focused.

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