Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

“It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Source – DfE website

Pupil premium at Dee Banks School

At Dee Banks School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the school’s own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

Information about Dee Banks’ pupil premium

Dee Banks puts careful consideration into what pupil premium allocations should be spent on each year which can be seen in out strategy statement, below.

This current academic year, Dee Banks’ will consider:

  • the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
  • how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

All of this information can be found in the 'Pupil premium Action Plan - 2021-2022', at the bottom of the page.

In the previous academic year, Dee Banks considered:

  • how the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

All of this information can be found in the 'Pupil premium Action Plan - 2020-2021', at the bottom of the page.

Pupil Premium Spending

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching are having a positive impact on children’s progress, achievement and self-belief.

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that high expectations of ALL groups of pupils are maintained, as they move through the school.

  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities and resources in line with clear targets related to identified areas for development
  • Alternative support and intervention including access to individually tailored 1-1 sessions
  • Specialist interventions such as Music therapy or Rebound Therapy
  • Facilitating pupils’ access to broader and extended curriculum opportunities, including educational visits, residential visits, arts and sports activities etc.
  • Our Family Support Worker supporting the child within the context of their family; addressing issues such as attendance, housing, short breaks, medical appointments etc. that impact upon the child’s ability to learn and engage and ensure that their basic needs are being met.
  • Additional Nurture or wellbeing sessions to address their social, emotional and mental health needs.

How will the school measure the impact of the pupil premium?

At Dee Banks, the pupil premium data will be monitored and evaluated using our usual basket of assessment tools. We will collect assessment information termly so that the impact of interventions can be monitored along with overall progress. This will be fed back to parents and where appropriate, pupils, at least termly. Any individual areas for development for pupils in receipt of pupil premium will be discussed at pupil progress meetings. For those pupils who need to, the Boxall Profile will also be used to show progress.

Designated staff members in charge:

Ms Ruth Buckley (Nurture & Behaviour Lead) [email protected]

Mrs Kate Hubbard (School bursar) [email protected]

Eligibility for free school meals

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

Pupil premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in our school.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about pupil premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the Head Teacher.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school. 

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