Pupil Premium Funding is additional to our school budget, with a specific focus on supporting our ability to raise standards and attainment of pupils with a potentially increased vulnerability. By providing us with the autonomy to devise our own strategy, the Government believes we can ensure that this money best supports our children in the most effective way.
Pupil premium money is provided for children who have been identified as Free School Meals within the last 6 years. There are a range of reasons why a child is entitled to this. If you have any questions or think you may be eligible then please come into school to discuss this.
At Offmore we have a series of key principles regarding the use of Pupil Premium money to support our disadvantaged pupils:
- Eligibility for the pupil premium must never be confused with low ability.
- All stakeholders focus upon supporting disadvantaged pupils to achieve the highest levels.
- Thorough analysis of underachievement, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics, and why.
- The school utilises evidence from its own, and others' experience in order to allocate funding to activities that are most likely to have an impact on improving pupils' achievement.
- The school uses achievement data regularly and robustly, to check whether interventions or techniques are working and makes adjustments accordingly. The school does not simply use data retrospectively to see if something has worked.
- The school ensures that all designated leaders, have a clear overview of how funding is allocated. They review the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils on a half-termly basis and with respect to their areas of responsibility.
- The school ensures that class and subject teachers know which pupils are eligible for the pupil premium so that they can take responsibility for accelerating progress.
- The school successfully uses pupil premium funding to tackle a range of issues, e.g. attendance, behaviour, confidence, resilience, reading, factors outside of school, professional training for staff on helping disadvantaged pupils, effective teaching and learning, literacy support, targeted support, further enrichment and so on.
For the year 2016-17 the Pupil premium allocation is £89,224.
Offmore utilise the Pupil Premium monies in a range of ways:
- The purchase of specific resources to support learning need
- To provide a percentage of time from key staff to enhance and secure effective learning
- 1 to 1 and small group intervention
- Specific skills to support assessment and inform learning direction
- To support additional learning opportunities such as trips and residential experiences
- To support core needs, such as uniform
By utilising the monies in these ways we are also able to maximise the benefits for all our children across the school.
The Governing Body rigorously monitors the progress of disadvantaged pupils and the impact of the school's Pupil Premium spending. This is done on a termly basis.
To read our latest Pupil Premium Report please click on the link below.