Pupil Premium Strategy at Ash Cartwright and Kelsey
The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families and children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months or have been adopted. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress and well-being. At Cartwright and Kelsey Primary School we have chosen to allocate funding, resources and intervention in-line with the budget year. This year our pupil premium money has reduced due to a change in the census date - we will not be able to claim for 5 additional pupils who would have been eligible in previous years under the January census collection.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), children in care and adopted children and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. Children from Service families are also eligible for additional funding to support their well-being.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional to support eligible pupils and families.
Cartwright and Kelsey Primary School has a varied intake of children with many different needs. These needs range from SEN, health issues, post-LAC and FSM. Of the total of our children on school role 18% of our children (25) are eligible to receive Pupil Premium Funding based on October census data. Census data from January would have meant that 30 children were elibible for funding.
The school makes every effort to encourage parents who are eligible for FSM to do so.
The school is clear in its aims and vision that all pupils should be given the opportunity to achieve to their full potential, to the best of their ability. We want all children to experience a rich curriculum that is broad and balanced. This year we are focusing on our Mental Health support and are training staff to be Mental Health First Aiders (June 2019) with a Designated Mental Health Lead to be in school.
Cartwright and Kelsey has tracking systems (based around target tracker) to ensure the progress of all pupils is followed closely, both as an individual and as part of different groups. Pupil Premium pupils are tracked as a vulnerable group. Pupils in this group who require additional support are identified through regular pupil progress meetings with teachers, headteacher and the SENCo, through communication with parents and through links outside agencies.
* Pupil Premium Champion – Fiona Crascall (Head Teacher).
* Pupil Premium Governor – Carl Watson
- ‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, 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)
All of our pupil premium funding is spent on our pupil premium children.
Funding allocated for 2017/2018: £50,160
Funding allocated for 2018/19: £45,424
Funding allocated for 2019/20: £44,200
Funding allocated for 2021/22: £34,625