Making the most of your pupil premium spending
26th February 2018
For the academic year 2017-2018, £2.4 billion was allocated to around 2 million students through school pupil premium. Introduced by the Department for Education back in 2011, pupil premium provides funding for disadvantaged pupils in England to improve attainment and reduce the gap between these pupils and their peers.
Although this gap is closing, it’s closing at a very slow rate, with it due to take around 50 years for it to close completely. Currently, disadvantaged pupils fall behind their more affluent peers by approximately 2 months each year over the course of secondary school, equating to an average gap nationally of 19.3 months.
Now schools are receiving additional funds via pupil premium, and as the Pupil Premium Plus rates increase in 2018-2019, schools need to consider their spending in order to get the most out of the funding for disadvantaged pupils.
What can you do with your pupil premium spending?
The Department for Education does not specify how schools are required to spend their funding, although recommendations for pupil premium spending have been made. Here’s our top three ways to use your school pupil premium.
Breakfast clubs, field trips, music lessons, educational trips… the list goes on! When it comes to providing extra-curricular activities to disadvantaged students, these activities can help improve attendance, change attitudes to learning, and help builds skills such as memory, listening and intellectual functioning.
Resources to boost learning
Investing in resources to boost student learning such as laptops, computers and other mobile devices (e.g. iPads or Chromebooks), can help open access to a world of digital resources designed to enhance lessons. Additionally, these devices allow access to other learning tools such as videos, presentations and podcasts, which may be beneficial depending on a student’s preferred learning style.
As part of pupil premium spending, your school can help provide one-to-one support for disadvantaged students. With resources to employ extra teaching assistants, children can be supported one-to-one, or in small groups within the classroom to get the most out of learning. Additionally, when using technology, software can be used as platforms to provide one-to-one support during student learning.
Using software such as Impero Education Pro, teachers are given a full view of what students are accessing, allowing them to easily identify those that are falling behind or struggling with a particular task. Utilising the classroom management features, teachers can remote control, send messages and demonstrate tasks without disrupting the whole class and helping those directly who need it.
The beauty of pupil premium spending is that all students in the class will benefit. To learn why you should use your school pupil premium for Impero Education Pro, book a demonstration with our team here.