What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools for pupils who meet the following criteria: the number of pupils of statutory school age who are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM); those who have been Looked After by a Local authority for more than six months and also those who are adopted and who are under a Special Guardianship Order. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to address any inequalities that may be faced by pupils who are eligible for FSM or who are Looked After.
Tewin Cowper Primary School is wholly committed to providing an inclusive environment that ensures that all pupils have equal access to teaching and learning opportunities. Expectations of all pupils are high and the school uses the Pupil Premium in a variety of ways to help overcome any barriers to learning.
Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to a need analysis and may be used to support individuals, groups or priority classes. In making the best use of the Pupil Premium, the school recognises that not all pupils who are eligible for FSM are socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who may be deemed to be socially disadvantaged are eligible for FSM. The school will therefore use the Pupil Premium to support any pupil or group of pupils who can be legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
At Tewin Cowper the number of pupils in receipt of FSM is small, however, whilst this funding remains available we would urge all parents / carers who are eligible for FSM (including those receiving Universal Free School Meals in Early Years and Key Stage 1) to take up their entitlement. For Early Years please visit www.hertsdirect.org/eypp ; for Years 1-6, please visit www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals If you require assistance with a FSM application, please call the customer service centre on 0300 1234048 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday) or the school office will be happy to help you.
The figures below are our allocation for eligible pupils based on the academic year although funding is received at our Financial Year end.
In 2020-21 the school received £14,450 (1.9% of the school budget)
In 2021-22 the school received £19,315 (2.4% of the school budget)
In 2022-23 the school received £19,030 (2.2% of the school budget)
Nature of Support 2022-23
To provide focused 1:1 additional support in key areas.
Small group interventions
To provide focused additional support in key areas as part of a group.
Provision of a Learning Support Assistant
To provide focused additional support on a day to day basis within the class.
Helping with the cost of extra-curricular lessons and/or school trips
To enhance the curriculum, ensuring children are able to participate and to give the children the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities.
To provide educational resources to ensure children can access the curriculum and feel inclusive within the school community.
Measuring the impact of PPG spending
The school evaluates and reviews the impact of this support at the end of each term, evaluating academic progress as well as how self-confidence and a sense of well-being develops as a consequence of the interventions provided.