Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.
Statement on Pupil Premium Spend Across the Griffin Schools Trust
The Griffin Schools Trust retains 5% of pupil premium allocation across its schools. This funds co-ordinated, strategic work across the Trust that supports the chosen work of individual schools but would not be affordable from single budgets. It contributes to:
Culture and climate
- A Director of Performances to lead and co-ordinate drama and performance across all schools
- A Director of Art to lead and co-ordinate our annual 2 week-long arts festival and to broaden best practise provision across all schools.
- An annual residential arts and cultural experience in London for 10 year olds.
- A Director of Music to drive best practice across all schools and make performance level music available at no charge to disadvantaged pupils.
- A Director of Sport to drive best practise across all schools and make performance sport a realistic option for disadvantaged pupils.
- An annual Sports Festival, Founders Day and Science Symposium.
Leadership and Management
- Training for all Heads in the identification of underperformance in the pupil premium group of children, analysis of their individual progress and the design of focused plans strategies to raise their attainment.
- In depth support to schools to make rapid improvements to their attainment of underperforming groups of pupils.
- The co-ordination, monitoring and analysis of hundreds of free-extra-curricular clubs and activities, the provision of which is a central precept of wide horizons.
- Training for new leaders in the identification of underperformance. Analysis of progress and the design of plans and strategies to improve attainment.
- Support to middle leaders, individually and in groups, in the identification of underperformance, analysis of progress and design of plans to improve attainment.
- Focused staff visits to exceptional settings to share and see good and successful practise.
- Expert support for teachers, individually and in groups, in the teaching of literacy including phonics and mathematics.
To redress the national disproportion of advantaged pupils versus disadvantaged pupils benefitting from sporting, artistic provision and leadership opportunities in and out of school, future plans include:
- The appointment of a Lead Practitioner for Dance
- The further development of Trust wide pupil leadership