Pupil Premium


The Pupil Premium is an additional amount of money given to schools, on top of their main budget. Every school receives a fixed amount of money per pupil for all pupils meeting certain criteria. The main criterion is eligibility for free school meals at any given point within the last 6 years or those children who have been cared for by the Local Authority for at least 6 months. The money is provided to schools so that we can raise attainment and progress for this group of pupils.

The main aims of the pupil premium are to:

  • Increase social mobility
  • Enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best education
  • Reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils

 

Pupil Premium 2020-21

 

The pupil premium allocation is £1345 per pupil. This academic year the indicarive allocation for Millfields Community School is £223,721.

At Millfields, this money is focused on promoting and enhancing pupil welfare, especially in the light of the pandemic that has led to lockdown and missed learning, raising standards for all through teacherprofessional development as well as targetted intervention and provision, as well as enriching and extending the currciulum.

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality - investing in learning and development for teachers.

Teaching

Schools arrange training and professional development for all the their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.

Academic support

Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.

Wider approaches

This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:

  • school breakfast clubs adn after-school clubs

  • music lessons for disadvantaged pupils

  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits

  • speech and language therapy

Schools may find using the pupil premium in this way helps to:

  • increase pupils’ confidence and resilience

  • encourage pupils to be more aspirational

  • benefit non-eligible pupils

Schools can spend their pupil premium on pupils who do not meet the eligibility criteria but need extra support, for example those pupils who:

 

  • are in contact with a social worker
  • used to be in contact with a social worker
  • are acting as a carer

 

 

Our Principles:

· We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of and actively include all of the pupils

· We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils but especially for those who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the compound needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed

· In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged

· We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered for or qualify for free school meals. Therefore, we 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.

· Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.

· Our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at children to make at least expected progress against others nationally

· Pupil premium resources will also be used to ensure that more able children receiving PPG achieve greater depth at the end of KS1 and KS2

 

 

Millfields Pupil Premium Policy

 

We are also lucky to be part of an amazing creative project funded and organised by advertising agency Wieden and Kennedy, that aims to to enrich and enhance the wider curriculum offer for pupils in receipt of pupil premium grant in Years 4-6.

See a presentation about this here:

This new logo was created by Millfields children as part of our on-going work with the project.

The children and their creative buddy at the agency devised a secret 'handshake' to celebrate their working relationship:

One of the outcomes was a stunning installation featuring models of dream planets that represented their personal creative spark:


Please enjoy this video documenting the project: