2018-19

Pupil Premium plan and impact statement with expenditure 2018-2019:

What is Pupil Premium?

Back in 2011-2012,the Government launched its' Pupil Premium funding Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives for its pupils. It is targeted at students who are entitled to free school meals, have been entitled in the previous 6 years (ever 6), are in Local Authority Care for 1 day or more, were recently adopted from care, or who are the children of service personnel. It aims to ensure that these pupils benefit from the same opportunities as other pupils. The amount the school receives for each pupil ranges from £300 for pupils from service families to £1,900 for those who are in Local Authority care. These amounts are an increase on previous years. How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely, with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.

Why is there a Pupil Premium?

Nationally, pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. Nonetheless, as groups, this is less likely than other groups of pupils. The Pupil Premium is designed to provide money to schools in order to close these gaps.

Free School Meals

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school’s office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child. We also assure parents that all matters regarding use of the Special Fund are treated with discretion and in confidence. 

For more details on the Pupil Premium, please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium 

Context of the local area - Tilbury

  • The average life expectancy of pupils within Tilbury is 10 years less than those within Thurrock [Source PCT], due to factors such as smoking, poor diet and insufficient exercise.
  • The 2014 Census of population indicates that the ward from which The GPFS draws the majority of its pupils has the highest percentage of overcrowded households.
  • Tilbury has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe; as a result the school has a significant group of young mothers with limited knowledge of good parenting skills - Primary Health Care Trust 2015 [PHCT].
  • Obese levels are well above the national average with obese adults one of the worst in England. Together with the high levels of smoking, this makes life expectancy for women significantly below the national average and males slightly below [PHCT…2015].
  • The number of children living in poverty is above the national average at 41%. [source: evidence base for draft housing strategy 2015 – 2020].
  • Most pupils live in the immediate ward to the school which is the most deprived in Thurrock with the deprivation indicator standing at 0.44 against national of 0.24

 

Principles

  • We aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the individualised needs of all of the pupils. 
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. 
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.

Rationale

We aim to:

  • Ensure social, emotional and economic barriers are addressed by Pupil Premium grant
  • To ensure Pupil Premium pupils attend regularly and access initiatives such as Breakfast Club so they arrive in a good condition for learning, improve progress and diminish the difference for all Pupil Premium pupils.

 

LPA Pupil Premium Statement 2018-19