The Pupil Premium Grant is awarded to schools for the number of children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
For the academic year 2018 – 2019 the school was allocated £2,640 for 2 pupils who receive Free School Meals.
This was used to fund extra Teaching Assistant hours for those pupils who needed support with their learning and/or time for one to one sessions to support their emotional needs.
The pupils concerned both made expected progress in Maths and English and their attendance at school was over 94%.
The level of the premium in 2019-20 is £1,320 per pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months.
For the financial year 2018 – 2019, William Ransom was allocated £5,280. This will be used to support activities to benefit the children to whom it is allocated.
It is also used to fund additional Teaching Assistant hours across the school to support the learning of those pupils with additional needs. It allows for small group work where we can pinpoint the exact nature of the need and then set up a prescriptive programme for the individual child. Intervention strategies have been put in place for these children.
The additional Teaching Assistant hours have also allowed us to set up social skills groups where we can target certain pupils, and through ‘Pupil Voice’ ensure those who are vulnerable have a means to discuss their issues in a one to one situation. Recent research on ‘Pupil Voice’ indicates pupils are now more willing to discuss their concerns with a known adult.
Results across the school show that early identification of pupils with needs enables those pupils to at least achieve, if not exceed, the expected levels at the end of key stages.
If you think you might be entitled to free school meals, please go to https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Or come and talk to someone in the school office.