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Pupil premium

Many of the schools that Place2Be work in use the pupil premium to fund Place2Be's in-school therapeutic services, given the impact that our services have on classroom behaviour and attitudes to learning.

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. It was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years. Looked after children and those of service personnel also attract funding.

The pupil premium has risen to £1.875 billion in 2013-14, with schools attracting £900 per child. For primary schools there will be a rise to £1,300 in 2014-15 and to £1,900 for Looked After Children. The pupil premium allowance for secondary schools is £934 per eligible pupil.

Why use the pupil premium to Fund Place2Be?

Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. Place2Be works with 282 primary and secondary schools, reaching a school population of 116,000 children, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

Typically in excess of 50% of the children who are supported by Place2Be receive FSM, while the national average is 26% (in 12-13). Teachers in the schools we work in note that hyperactivity and conduct issues have a negative impact on the child concerned and other children. In 2012-13, teachers reported that 69% of children had considerable difficulties that interfered significantly with their classroom learning and 45% had difficulties that impacted the teacher or the class.

Measuring Place2Be's Impact

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The Sutton Trust and EEF a toolkit is intended to act as a guide to Heads on effective means of spending the pupil premium.

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Download our Head teachers' guide for further information and contact our Development Manager on development@place2be.org.uk to find out how Place2Be could support your school.

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A Class Teacher's story

Carmel was really worried about John, one of the boys in her class who was very disruptive