The Government believes that at the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
At Ben Jonson Primary School, the Pupil Premium allocation is £394,680 (2017-18) and it is used strategically to ensure maximum impact on attainment and progress.
The pupil premium has been invested in the provision of highly experienced teachers and teaching assistants across the school. Senior Leaders and phase leaders have been strategically placed across each year group to lead on teaching and learning and ensure that all children = irrespective of background – can be highly successful in their learning. The investment of Pupil Premium has now meant that Ben Jonson has an extra teacher for each year group, giving the school the capacity to monitor the progress of all children and ensure that they receive a high quality curriculum, tailored to their needs.
The tables below show the impact of the Pupil Premium on the attainment and progress of our pupils across the school. Almost without exception, the pupil premium in Ben Jonson Primary School are either matching - and more often exceeding - the attainment of PP children on a national level. By tracking the progress of these children we will continue to ensure that we fulfill our commitment of ensuring the pupil premium makes a difference to the lives and learning of those children who most need it. The impact of the allocation of the pupil premium funding is evaluated annually at the end of the academic year and this review informs our strategy for the use of the money in the next year.
If you have any questions regarding our school please contact Dee Dillon, our Attendance and Family Welfare Officer.