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 2019 – 2020 the school was allocated £5765 for 3 pupils who receive Free School Meals
This was used to fund extra teaching assistant hours to support those children who needed support with their learning and / or time for one to one sessions to support their emotional needs.
Through lockdown we offered further support for those families who needed well being support.
There were no assessments for us to measure progress.
The level of the premium in 2020-21for free school meals is £2546 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. William Ransom was awarded £5046
For the financial year 2020 – 2021 The William Ransom School was also allocated £4035 for the indicative Pupil Premium.
This will be used to support activities to benefit the children to whom it is allocated. It is expected that post Covid there will be a greater need to support pupil well being and this will be focused on these identified children to ensure their progress in school.
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 program 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.
Previous results across the school show that the early identification of pupils with needs, means that those pupils are at least achieving, and many exceeding, the expected levels at the end of key stages.
If you think you might be entitled to free school meals please look at https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Or come and talk to someone in the office at school.
Pupil premium will be reviewed in July 2021