Pupil Premium Spending at St Mark’s CE Primary School
The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2017. PPG provides funding for two policies:
“The Government believes that the PPG, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.” DfE (2012)
Our processes and procedures are reviewed annually to ensure the effective spending of the grant, taking account of the latest guidance and advice, ensuring that the core purpose of the grant is to raise the attainment of eligible pupils.
Recent DfE advice, published on education advice website The Key states that “the grant can be spent as each school sees fit, as long as it is used to demonstrably improve the attainment of eligible pupils. Schools do not need to spend an equal amount on each pupil, or use the money for interventions that benefit only eligible pupils.”
At St Mark’s School we have noticed, through careful assessment and tracking of progress, that FSM entitlement (and therefore award of PPG), is not necessarily an indicator that attainment will be different from other children in the cohort. In fact, some of our PPG-eligible children are amongst our more able children. In line with the aims of the provision where attainment is not at risk, we will seek to give extension support to further pupil achievement and, where appropriate, may consider alternative or additional activities to enrich their education, allocating spending based on individual circumstances, giving due consideration to parental requests.
The PPG per pupil for 2017 to 2018 is as follows:
£1,320 - Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM
£1,900 - Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
£1,900 - Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
£300 - Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
Ever 6 FSM
The pupil premium for 2017 to 2018 will include pupils recorded in the January 2017 school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) since May 2010, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2017.
Children adopted from care or who have left care
The pupil premium for 2017 to 2018 will include pupils recorded in the January 2017 school census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.
For the purposes of these grant conditions, ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2017 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2011 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2017 school census.
The grant will be allocated as set out in DfE 'Conditions of grant' document. Where national curriculum year groups do not apply to a pupil, the pupil will attract PPG if aged 4 to 15 as recorded in the January 2017 school census.