Children who are entitled to Free School Meals and Children who are Looked After attract addition funding for schools. This is called Pupil Premium. Ofsted also describe these children as "disadvantaged".
- We know that high quality teaching is at the core of all pupil premium work
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
- Our aim for Pupil Premium pupils is ambitious. We want Pupil Premium Pupils to do better than the average for all pupils nationally.
The range of provision the Governors may consider include:
- Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning and accelerating progress
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1 to 1 support
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies
- Increasing opportunities for Pupil Premium eligible pupils and broadening their experience.
All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in English and Maths. Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve greater than the expected standards at the end of KS1 and KS2.
The Governors of the school have published information on how they have used their Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
Grant Allocation 16/17
The Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2016/17 was £29,365 (September to March)
The school targeted the PPG in 2016-2017 for specific interventions for children in receipt of pupil premium who were at risk of under-achieving.
Barriers to learning:
School data shows that the following areas need to be a focus in order to raise standards:
- Increase the oral skills of children in FS2 and KS.
- Raise attainment in reading and writing in Y2.
- Address social needs of groups of children in each year group through specialist counselling support.
- Provide additional support for children with SEND in Key Stage 2.
- To raise attainment of children vulnerable to underachievement in English in Key Stage 2.
- Enrich the experiences of some children in receipt of PPG.
We will continue to monitor the impact of the PPG through Pupil Progress meatings 6 times a year. This information will help us make informed decisions about interventions and future provision. We will also continue to use the national assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 to evaluate the impact of Pupil Premium.
Grant Allocation 15/16
Our Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Allocation for 2015/16 was £41,100.
Pupil Premium Grant was used for:
- The continuation of the Numbers Count Programme.
- Additions TA time to support intervention groups in FS2 and Key Stage 1.
- Training for staff to improve the quality of teaching from both teachers and teaching assistants through Challenge Partners.
- Enrichment activities for pupils.
- Funding for school trips
- Purchase of The Yes Programme a teaching resource aimed at raising aspiration.
- Funding of the Time to Talk counselling service.
The impact of Pupil Premium in 2015/16 has been positive.
Through the Challenge Partners Programme of CPD and through its Quality Assurance Review the school has improved quality first teaching, having a positive effect for all children.
As a group, pupils in Y6 had positive progress measures in reading (3.48) and writing (2.76) but did less well in maths (-1.94). Some of these children achieved very well based on prior attainment.
All children eligible for PP in KS1 reached the expected standard.
In the Phonics check in Year 1, 75% of the children reached the required standard, a similar figure to those not eligible for pupil premium. 67% of children achieved a Good Level of Development at the end of their Reception year. This was slightly higher than pupils in the school not eligible for Pupil Premium.
It should however be noted that the numbers of children eligible for Pupil Premium in each of these groups is very small and that therefore comparisons with school and national results need to be treated with caution.
Children and parents have reported positive social outcomes for children who have taken up the Time to Talk Counselling Service and individual support programmes have been positive for the children involved.
The Pupil Premium grant has also been used to allow some children to take part in Gifted and Talented courses that they might not otherwise have been able to access.