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 2022-2023 Lark Hill Community Primary School received £375,958 pupil premium funding and £37,990 recovery premium funding, giving a total of £413,948 based on 265 pupils who either received Free School Meals or who are Looked After Children or post Looked After Children. This equates to approximately 43% of the pupils on roll.
In 2021-2022 Lark Hill Community Primary School received £329,473 pupil premium funding and £34,003 recovery premium funding, giving a total of £363,476 based on 262 pupils who either received Free School Meals or who are Looked After Children or post Looked After Children. This equates to approximately 49% 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 Lark Hill we have analysed our barriers for learning, which include low speech, language and communication skills on-entry into Nursery and Reception; underdeveloped oral language and vocabulary gaps among many disadvantaged pupils; gaps between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged in reading, writing and mathematics in KS1; low progress and attainment in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and GPS in KS2 ; issues associated with mental health and disadvantage and social and emotional issues most notably due to low self-esteem, lack of enrichment activities and first hand experiences.
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.
All of the above is underpinned by our core school values of NURTURE; ACHIEVE and RESPECT.