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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. It is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The Government believes that 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 and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Ofsted’s school inspections report on the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils who attract the pupil premium. It is for schools to decide how the money is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

 

Our Pupil Premium Strategy

We have identified some key barriers to learning for some of our pupils, including several of those in receipt of pupil premium funding. These are:

  • - Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that, at times, can make learning difficult
  • - Difficulties with independent learning
  • - Gaps in prior learning
  • - Concerns around transition

 

The Education Endowment Foundation has produced a teaching and learning toolkit to help teachers and schools effectively use the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils, and this is considered when making decisions about how best to utilise resources alongside taking in to account individual pupils’ needs and their barriers to learning. Pupil’s progress is closely tracked and monitored to ensure that the next stages of learning are catered for. A suitable intervention, consolidation work or next steps to learning program is then put in place. Children in receipt of pupil premium represent the range of attainment and progress seen across the school.

 

2015-2016 Pupil Premium Funding

In the school year 2015 - 2016, we had 15 eligible children and the school pupil premium grant allocation was £18480.

 

A significant proportion of our eligible children have specific social and emotional difficulties. Therefore the school offers nurture provision by a skilled Teaching Assistant who has been trained through CASY (The Counselling And Support For Young People service) and has developed and resourced a specific nurture room which has also benefitted pupils who are not eligible for Pupil Premium. This included sessions around transition, both for moving to secondary education as well as moving out of catchment for some particularly vulnerable pupils.

 

We also allocated some of this budget towards one to one teaching and small group sessions, as this is a proven effective way to tackle individual needs. This has included:

  • Catch-Up Numeracy
  • Switch-On Literacy
  • Sound Progress
  • Nessy
  • Toe by Toe

 

Resources to support class based learning have been purchased, many of which also support home learning and increased independence:

  • iPad applications
  • a dictophone
  • reading materials of high interest, low ability
  • software subscriptions such as Purple Mash, Mathletics and Sound Progress

 

Additional funds are also allocated to subsidise a range of enrichment experiences, such as:

  • educational visits
  • extra-curricular activities
  • music tuition
  • milk

 

Impact of the spend is measured in terms of comparison between achievement of eligible and non-eligible pupils, as well as successful access to enhancement opportunities for eligible pupils.

 

Key Stage 1 – July 2016

All of our children eligible for pupil premium in key stage 1 achieved at least expected progress, and only one child did not reach age related expectations.

   

 

Attainment

Progress

 

Pupil Premium

Non Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Non Pupil Premium

No. of Children

3

13

3

13

Percentage %

Met

Exc

Met

Exc

Met

Exc

Met

Exc

Reading

67

0

69

38

100

0

85

31

Writing

67

0

77

23

100

0

92

23

Maths

67

33

92

31

100

33

92

31

RWM Combined

67

0

69

15

100

0

85

8

 

Key Stage 2 – July 2016

Whilst attainment was below age related expectations in all areas, three out of the four children eligible for pupil premium in key stage 2 achieved at least expected progress in reading and writing, although not in maths.

 

 

Attainment

Progress

 

Pupil Premium

Non Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Non Pupil Premium

No. of Children

4

11

4

11

Percentage %

Met

Exc

Met

Exc

Met

Exc

Met

Exc

Reading

25

 

67

 

75

 

73

 

SPAG

25

 

75

 

 

 

 

 

Writing

25

 

50

 

75

 

82

 

Maths

25

 

25

 

50

 

73

 

 

Across the whole school, the progress results for eligible children were as follows:

 

 

Sufficient Progress across the year

 

Reading

Writing

Maths

Looked After

3/5 (60%)

3/5 (60%)

2/5 (40%)

Pupil Premium

12/15 (80%)

10/15 (67%)

11/15 (73%)

 

2016-2017 Pupil Premium Funding

In the school year 2016 - 2017, we have 12 eligible children and the school pupil premium grant allocation is £15,840.

 

Our priorities currently remain the same as many of the children continue to have the same needs. This will be reviewed on an annual basis. The funding will therefore be used to continue the nurture provision, small group and 1:1 provision, and the purchasing of resources. We will continue to offer a broad range of experiences which, this year, will include off-site visits as well as inviting experts into school to support some aspects of learning, as well as a wider range of extra-curricular activities.

 

A growing proportion of our eligible children are identified as being dyslexic. In order to address this we plan to renew our Dyslexia Friendly Status this year, which will involve further enhancing the CPD of our staff.  

 

This year will also see the launch of our breakfast and after school clubs. Children eligible for Pupil Premium will be able to attend at a subsidised cost.

 

Are your children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?

Pupil Premium money is used to directly fund additional teaching of individual pupils. The criteria for funding are the same as for Free School Meals. Parents must receive one of the following benefits:

  • income support
  • income based jobseeker’s allowance
  • income related employment support allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • child tax credit, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • guarantee element of state pension credit

 

You can apply directly to the local authority. Please contact the school office if you need any further support or advice.

 

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