How the Pupil Premium has helped Ling Bob school



The Pupil Premium is one of the many Liberal Democrats in government. It is only because people voted Liberal Democrat, and we got MPs elected that this policy is now being implemented. It has seen over £20 million of extra funding go towards schools in Calderdale since 2010. Every parent wants their child to have the best opportunity to get on in life and make something of themselves, yet we know that children living in more disadvantaged areas don’t get the same educational opportunity. This policy is helping to tackle that inequality, but it’s not giving people handouts, it’s equipping people with the skills so that they are able to go out there and make something of their lives, for themselves.

I previously wrote about how this policy is helping children at Halifax Academy, now I wanted to let you know how it is helping children at Ling Bob. The follow in an except from a report published by the school on how they are using the Pupil Premium. The full report is linked to below.

As of October 2013, 53% of children in the school met the criteria for Pupil Premium funding. For the academic year 2013-14 the amount received for each eligible child was increased to £900. Therefore, during 2013/14 the school received approximately £140,400 in Pupil Premium funding.

In the 2013-14 academic year, existing programmes of targeted support were sustained and some were extended.
Funding was also used:

  • To employ an additional member of staff in our Pastoral Team to support children and their families coming into
    our Foundation Stage with their readiness for school.
  • To fund additional maths intervention groups for children identified as needing additional support to further
    raise attainment in Numeracy, particularly in Key Stage 2.
  • To fund our new Small Steps Nurture Group provision. This is aimed at helping Key Stage 1 children who are
    experiencing problems in school due to social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. Studies show that Nurture
    Groups are extremely effective at helping children make progress and also working with parents to help them in
    supporting their children. The Small Steps Nurture Group is based in the school and is run by specially trained
    staff. Its aim is to provide a nurturing environment where the children can spend time in a small group learning,
    playing and socialising to maximise their chances of success in later life.

Further details about how the Pupil Premium has been used in Ling Bob school can be found here 

Schools in Calderdale get £4 million boost from pupil premium

Schools in Calderdale are to get over £4 million boost from the pupil premium. This money is allocated to a school on the basis of the number of children that are on free school meals. Currently schools get £619 a pupil, but this is set to rise further to £900 a pupil in 2014.

The policy is just one example of how Liberal Democrats in government are helping to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. A stronger economy as it will help those from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their full potential and participate in wealth creation, and a fairer society in which background is not a barrier to achievement.

The pupil premium helps build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

The pupil premium helps build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

Within Warley ward the breakdown of extra funding in 2012/13 is as follows.

Halifax High at Wellesley Park – £234,600
Ling Bob Junior, Infant and Nursery School – £98,400
Mount Pellon Junior and Infant School – £114,000
Warley Town School – £3,600
Christ Church Pellon CofE VC Primary School – £49,200

If you want to find out how much other schools in Calderdale will be receving you can download this PDF – Calderdale_PupilPremium

Youth Polices

We have been carrying out some work recently on Youth Polices. These were written with Hebden Royd Town Council in mind, however if they prove successful then I am hopeful that some of the ideas could be taken up across the rest of the borough of Calderdale.

Craig Whitall one of our members in Hebden Bridge has posted up the polices on-line in a post on his website. If this policy area interests you then I would encourage you to take a look and provide us with any ideas, comments or insights you may have.

We are trying to be active to encourage young people who already play an important part in our communities to take on an even greater roll. It is hoped that this in turn could encourage greater economic participation, and a reduction in the number of Young people who are  NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) .