The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who receive free school meals (FSM) or have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Pupil Premium is funding for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months or for pupils from service families. It is £1,300 per pupil since 2014.
Schools are able to select how to spend the funding. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds often do not do as well as their more advantaged peers and the funds are aimed at helping to bridge the gap. The money is allocated to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academic and socially.
In the academic year 2015/16 we received £241,560 which was spent on:
This academic year (2016/17) we received £262,980
We have looked at the interventions we used last year and found that taking pupils out of class for an intervention meant they were missing the learning they were taken out of. We also found that the impact on progress was good for some interventions but not accelerated enough to be cost effective. Therefore, this year we have introduced whole class interventions. These were initially for Reading which means employing additional teaching staff and the purchase of resources.
An online Maths intervention for Year 6 started in January 2017.
We have looked at the attainment of our pupil premium children at the end of KS2 and we were pleased to see a significant improvement at the end of 2015-2016 in closing the gap and especially pleased to see an excellent progress measure for our pupil premium pupils in 2015-2016. However initial assessment date from the autumn term 2016 shows this vulnerable group are not making sufficient progress in line with their non-pupil premium cohort.
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To raise the standards in Reading across the school by ensuring all pupils receive an extra 30 minutes per week reading time in addition to the daily teaching of reading lessons pupils already have. This will improve pupil’s ability to infer, have a deeper understanding of a text and be able to justify their responses. This is known as becoming an active reader. The cost of this is £88,140
To ensure that pupils who are judged to be just below or just in line with achieving the National Expectation will receive additional bespoke one to one tuition. The Maths intervention includes 80% of Pupil premium pupils and the cost is £7,000
To ensure that the year 6 pupils receive support appropriate to their needs and have a higher teacher to pupil ratio for small groups and/or classes.
We have additional teacher in Year 6 to further support pupils, the cost of this is £34,469
We have Enhanced Support Classes which deliver a bespoke curriculum to our SEND pupils with 56% being pupil premium pupils. The cost of this is £104,596
The mental well-being of pupils is essential if they are to be effective learners. Our counsellor helps pupils with a variety of issues for example bereavement counselling and anger management. The cost of this is £6,947
Speech and Language
Pupils with a speech and language need are given one to one speech therapy. Over half of our pupils with this need are pupil premium pupils. The cost of this is £13,800
To ensure that pupils are independent from their home environment and experience a range of activities that are not part of the school curriculum e.g. abseiling and orienteering. This ensures that they become resilient and be open to the challenges that are offered. Our pupil premium pupils are also afforded a greatly reduced cost of the residential trips. The cost of this £2,500
The additional monies support bespoke arrangements for vulnerable families – for example picking pupils up from home in the mornings.
This totals to £257,452 from our budget of £262,980
Click here for details of our PE & Sport Premium Funding.
The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.