The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England, including Non-maintained special schools such as Chailey Heritage. It is intended to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Schools receive funding for each pupil:
There is also a Service Pupil Premium to assist the school in providing the additional pastoral support that children from Armed Forces may need.
Schools are required to report on the impact of the spending of pupil premium (section 2) and the strategic planning for the spending of future pupil premium (section 3).
Schools are recommended to publish how much pupil premium funding they received for the academic year, how it was spent, and the impact it has had.
In 2016-17 Chailey Heritage School received over £14,000. In 2017-2018 we estimate that we will receive around £15,000, although most of this will need to be requested and spending approved from different local authorities virtual schools.
Most schools publish details of projects which benefit cohorts of children: additional staff, playground equipment, or activity weeks for example, paid for by aggregating the pupil premium of all children and finding whole-school priorities. However, as with everything to do with teaching & learning, at Chailey Heritage, all of our Pupil Premium expenditure is individually thought through, and so we report on the impact of each individual's progress. This is scrutinised by governors at the Quality & Outcomes Committee.
There is an additional complication which is that we have taken pupils from 25 different local authorities over the years, each with different procedures and rules about what can be purchased, and timescales for receiving funding. On top of this, some of the equipment and experiences do not arrive quickly, often they are tailor made for the individual. This leads to money received in one academic year, sometimes only starting to have an impact the following year.
Therefore our reporting gives a rolling log of purchases and impact over more than one year.
To download a copy of this log (redacted), please click here.
Schools are recommended to publish how they are planning to spend the current academic year's Pupil Premium. As stated in Section 2, this can work well where schools aggregate Pupil Premium income and decide on major projects.
However, as also explained in Section 2, our spending is on an individual basis, according to the greatest needs each pupil at that particular time - as our pupils' needs often change. This is co-ordinated centrally and monitored by the senior team. There is input to each individual spend from therapists, specialist teachers, and parents.