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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

  • Pupil Premium funding is additional funding provided by the government to schools to support eligible children and their families.
  • Its aim is to raise attainment in these pupils.
  • Schools will receive £1,320 per primary aged pupil in 2016/17.
  • Schools will also receive the Early Years Pupil Premium for eligible children aged 3-4. This is £300 per annum in 2016/17.
  • Schools are free to choose how to spend pupil premium in the way that they think will best support those children, in a number of ways: academically, pastorally and in providing financial assistance.

Who is eligible?

  • Children are eligible if they have registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
  • The introduction of free school meals for all reception and KS1 children may mean that it is more difficult to identify those children who are still eligible for pupil premium. London Borough of Merton has launched an initiative to collect information on all families at the school, so that they are able to identify eligible families themselves, including those whose circumstances may change over time.

  Why should I apply?

  • Your child will have access to a range of benefits: free after school clubs, free school trips, support in academic learning and free school meals.
  • Application, eligibility and benefits for Pupil Premium are handled discretely, confidentially and flexibly. For example: if you choose not to access Free School Meals, you may still wish your child to receive other benefits.
  • Each child eligible for Pupil Premium would bring in £1320 per year for six years following the successful application. With this additional funding comes additional expectations and accountability. We are rigorous in tracking the impact of this funding on our Pupil Premium children to ensure excellent outcomes.
How can I apply?
  • London Borough of Merton is encouraging all families to register for the Pupil Premium scheme, even if they do not currently meet the eligibility criteria. Please see http://www.merton.gov.uk/learning/schools/schoolservices/catering/freemeals.htm for further information. 
  • Please see the website below for the online form: https://webforms.merton.gov.uk/default.aspx/RenderForm/?HideAll=1&F.Name=XzV627wZQX9 
  • If you are unable to complete an online form, please see The School Office and we will provide you with a paper form.
  • London Borough of Merton will check your eligibility via the Department for Education's website. The website will only show whether or not you are eligible for the scheme - it does not give Merton any other information about you or your child.
  • If you are eligible, following this application, please contact Mrs Morgan in the School Office and Mrs Dolan-Walsh via email: lorrainedolanwalsh@bishopgilpin.org. They will able to discuss the support available for your child.

How does Bishop Gilpin use Pupil Premium funding?

  • Our key objective in spending Pupil Premium funding is to support the academic achievement of those eligible children, and to close the attainment gap between these children and their peers. Nationally, there is a trend that children who are eligible for Pupil Premium tend to have lower levels of attainment.
  • Our general approach is therefore to enhance our children’s learning and to assist financially when required. We provide frequent, targeted support to Pupil Premium children who are not meeting expected target grade levels in English and Maths, and to those who have below average grades on joining the school.  Those Pupil Premium children who are on track or are exceeding expectations are given support to ensure that they continue or improve on this trajectory.
  • We also run many day trips and two residential trips,  Pupil Premium funding is used to remove the financial burden on eligible families.
  • We also consider how best to support our children's learning through the use of technology (e.g. tablets), and how Pupil Premium may be spent to provide opportunities for children who may otherwise not have access to this technology. 
  • We use the principles above to inform our budget setting when we consider how to spend pupil premium in any financial year - in particular, we will review the success of any strategies used in the past and look to build on that.

How is Bishop Gilpin School spending the Pupil Premium in 2016/17?

  • In 2016/17, we are expecting to receive £34,320. 
  • We are allocating the Pupil Premium in the following ways:

  • Employing a dedicated Pupil Premium co-ordinator to work with vulnerable children across the academic year - this is continuing from the effective interventions we were able to do in 2015/16.  We now have a qualified teacher in post, leading targeted interventions in which the majority of pupils are on track to make good or better than expected progress this year;
  • Access to Beanstalk (a reading charity) targeted for some Pupil Premium children;
  • Funding all school visits for Pupil Premium children;
  • Funding swimming costs for Y2  Pupil Premium children;
  • Funding one after school club provision for Pupil Premium children;
  • Providing music tuition for Pupil Premium children;
  • Providing a translator to allow effective communication with parents at parent evenings;
  • Providing eligible children use of a tablet at home.
  • Providing specialist Maths support to target attainment for Pupil Premium children.
Impact

Our Pupil Premium children are largely making or exceeding expected progress rates in the curriculum. They are reporting increased enjoyment in schools as a reuslt of their clubs 

 How did Bishop Gilpin spend Pupil Premium in 2015/16?

  • Bishop Gilpin received £33,000 in 2015/16. This was used in a number of ways to contribute to raising standards, including:
        • A dedicated Pupil Premium co-ordinator (a qualified teacher) leading targeted interventions;
        • Funding small group intervention programmes led by skilled Teaching Assistants;
  • Providing one-to-one support from skilled Teaching Assistants;
  • Providing a translator to allow effective communication with parents at parent evenings;
  • Providing financial support for school trips for pupils eligible for FSM;
  • Allowing eligible children to use a tablet at home.
  • Paid the subscription for the Beanstalk reading for pleasure programme.