The pupil premium is allocated to schools in respect of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. This applies to both mainstream and non-mainstream settings. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit to “close the gap” between children from disadvantaged circumstances and those above the low-income threshold – it is not linked to a specific child, but is to be used for overall impact. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
In 2018-2019 Lewis Street Primary School received £200,900 based on 150 pupils who either received Free School Meals or who are Looked After Children or post Looked After Children. This equates to approximately 41% of the pupils on roll.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. At Lewis Street we have analysed our barriers for learning, which include language and communication, low levels on entry to school, school readiness, identified lack of some parental engagement and identified barriers for learning including resilience and independence. This is underpinned by our core school values of EXCELLENCE; RESPECT; CHALLENGE and SELF-BELIEF.
Pupil premium spending decisions are reached by an analysis of pupil outcome data and termly monitoring in school. Progress and impact is measured using Strengths and Difficulties’ Questionnaires (SDQ); Boxall Assessments as well as qualitative feedback, including pupil voice.
Our pupil premium strategy and impact report can be found on this page.