Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.

The funding for each school is based upon the number of children who
• Are eligible for Free School Meals ( or have been eligible in the past six years)
• Are Looked after Children ( in the care of the local Authority)
• Are children of services families

LHPSN recognises that not all pupils who are eligible for pupil premium are underachieving, while some pupils may be underachieving and not eligible for pupil premium funding. It is school policy to plan, adapt and prepare for any individual, or group, in which any area of under-performance is evident. LHPSN does not use this policy to displace current strategies to intervene and support its pupils. Some pupils may be achieving well, but will be entitled to funding to enhance their future educational aspirations and achievements

At  LHPSN we use the Pupil Premium to improve educational standards, support aspiration and narrow the gap in attainment between the advantaged and the disadvantaged in our community. If you think that your child may be eligible for Free School Meals (even if you prefer them to bring sandwiches) please claim your entitlement . This entitlement will be confidential and your child will not be identified or discriminated against in any way.

Aims

To provide all pupils with fair and equal opportunities to achieve and excel in all areas of the curriculum; using and applying the most effective pedagogy, supported by use of additional, delegated funding.

To work in partnership with families and pupils eligible for pupil premium, to plan, monitor and evaluate support and intervention in order to secure individual progress and achievement.

To work with external partners and organisations to provide additional support for the social, emotional, health and well being of all pupils with potential barriers to learning and achievement.

To ensure governors fulfil statutory responsibilities to make effective use of pupil premium funds in order to impact positively on pupils’ achievement and attainment.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2018/19 – Pupil Premium Strategy 2018 – 2019

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18 – Pupil Premium Strategy 2017 18

Pupil Premium Impact Document – Pupil Premium 2016 17

Pupil Premium Impact Document – Pupil Premium 2015 16

Pupil premium funding is used to fund the nurture team which consists of two full time pastoral support assistants : Mrs Pennant and Miss Lynch. . This role  supports teachers in ensuring pupil premium children achieved as well as their peers by providing social and emotional support, this is an area of need identified within this small group of pupils. They provide a lunchtime ‘Nurture Club’ and have a well resourced Nurture Room. 

Pupil Premium funds school visits and residentials ensuring inclusion for all . We are also committed to  raising equality of opportunity through increased offer of enrichment activities. Pastoral support assistants ensure all pupil premium children have the opportunity to attend an extracurricular club. A lunchtime nurture club was set up and a dedicated nurture room to ensure pupils had access to social and emotional support.  

The school will measure the impact and effect of its expenditure by monitoring  disadvantaged pupil take up of music tuition and extra curricular activities and ensuring the proportion of disadvantaged pupils attain at least equal to other pupils in reading,writing and maths.

What is a Pastoral Support Assistant? 

Our pastoral support assistants work with children, parents, carers, teachers and other agencies on a range of issues that may prevent a child from reaching their full potential. They are not teachers or teaching assistants, but work alongside all school staff to support children and parents and ensure everyone is supported and encouraged to do the best they can whatever their circumstances. 

What issues do they help with ? 

The role of a pastoral suport assistant is to be part of a child’s support network at school, helping with: 

• Improving punctuality and attendance
• Changes in behaviour that may impact on achievement and learning
• Difficulties developing and maintaining friendships
• Changes to home life and/or family problems
• Increasing self esteem and confidence
• Children having difficulty with work and feeling they are falling behind
• Children new to the school who need help settling in
• Children in Y6 worried about the transition to High School
• Bereavement support for parents and children 

Who are they?

Our pastoral support assistants are Miss J Tomlinson and Mrs A. Pennant. They are always visible on the playground during breaks and lunchtimes to chat to and children can ask their teachers if they would like time out to talk to them. Assemblies are used to remind children about these staff and signpost them to them if they need a friendly  ear. They have a base in the Nurture Room but are usually out and about supporting in classrooms, the lunch hall and on playgrounds. 

For Parents – if you see them ‘out and about’ please feel free to stop for an informal chat. If you would prefer a meeting please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

At Lickey Hills Primary and Nursery School we are totally committed to ensuring that provision is made which maximises learning opportunities for all of our children and their individual needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are concerned about anything regarding your child’s emotional health and well being.