Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a government grant allocated to all schools once a year according to the number of children whose families currently receive benefits, or those who have been in receipt over the past six years. Schools have received this funding since April 2011.

The grant provides additional money for schools to improve the educational and personal outcomes of disadvantaged pupils including those who have been adopted from care, or:

  • Have been entitled to FSM at any point in the last six years

  • Children looked after for more than 6 months continuously at any point in the child’s history

  • Children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces

The funding is calculated using the January census figures for children registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in Reception to year 2. Nationally, pupils who receive Free School Meals underperform in comparison to those children who do not and Pupil Premium funding is therefore allocated to this vulnerable group of pupils in order to close the attainment gap.

Regulations require all schools to publish on their school website the amount allocated for Pupil Premium in respect of the current financial year, details of how it is intended to be spent, how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent, and the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of the identified group of pupils. This is monitored by the headteacher (Mrs Kay-Wood), the Inclusion Manager (Mrs Colvill) and by school  governors.

The current allocation is £1,320 per child; £300 for Service children; or £1,900 for Looked-After children.  Funding is paid directly to schools for schools to use. Parents and guardians need to self-declare their child’s status to the school where their child is on roll. Funding is not ring-fenced and schools can pool Pupil Premium money for numerous children to pay for collective support to gain maximum impact from the funding.  

Total allocation for 2016/2017 

20 children @ £1,320, plus 3 @ £1,900 and 3 @ £300

Total: £ 33,000

Area of Expenditure  2016/17

Intended outcome

Cost (£)

Impact

Parent Support Advisor to offer advice to families (eg. parenting, behaviour) & to sign-post parents to appropriate services

Increased confidence in parenting skills

Improvement in children’s behaviour & emotional well-being

 

4,000

Inclusion Manager to support and track children’s progress.

Children make good progress from their starting points

The attainment gap continues to close between FSM & non-FSM children

9,000

Teaching assistant allocated to:

a) support children on a 1 to 1 or small group under direction of Inclusion Manager and

b) assess and track pupil progress

Children have increased confidence in the area they need support in

Children’s Individual Education Plan shows that they are making good progress

Systems are in place that help to measure the progress being made by identified groups of chiltren

5,000

Speech therapists to develop baseline assessment & to introduce Talk Boost (a speech & language intervention) in Foundation 2 and Year 1

Early identification of speech and language problems

Speech & language needs are successfully met with more children reaching the expected level in Communication & Language

2,500

2 teaching assistants to cover Talk Boost intervention in Foundation and Year 1 (3 afternoons each per week)

Improvement in speaking skills &  listening and attention skills which have an impact on children's reading and writing attainment.

5,000

Staff training in early speech and language

Raised awareness to support vulnerable children

500

Additional staffing to support children with phonics (Read, Write Inc 1 to 1 tuition) & mathematics (Power of 2)

Children have increased confidence in phonics and mathematics

Children make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics

3,000

Additional staffing to support children emotionally as & when the need arises

Children's emotional needs are met and they are happy & settled in school

1,200

Books and resources relevant to need for staff and parents to borrow

Improvement in children’s behaviour and well-being

150

Educational visits & visits from inspiring authors

Wider opportunities for children to broaden their experience.

Children develop a love of reading

1,000

Resources to support the variety of interventions and help given

Children have increased confidence in their area of identified need

Children make good progress their area of need

1,500

Free PE Kit

All children wear appropriate PE kit and have positive attitudes

150

Total

 

£33,000

 

Impact of 15-16 Pupil Premium (£ 48,400)

Area of Expenditure

Impact

Parent Support Advisor to offer advice to families (eg. parenting, behaviour, attendance) & to sign-post parents to appropriate services

Families were supported through a range of strategies including the Family Links programme. Parent evaluations show increased confidence in their parenting skills and satisfaction in the support received. This has improved children’s behaviour & has had a positive impact on their emotional well-being

Additional teaching assistants to provide extra one-to-one or small group adult support to help children with their English, maths and social needs

Very large majority of identified children reached intervention targets and end of year academic targets, including the Phonics Check.

Introduction of “Turnabout Programme” to help improve children’s memory and concentration skills.

Half of the targeted group made better than expected progress.

Increased amount of teaching assistants to support identified children and/or ensure that children are taught in small class numbers

Lower ability children in Y2 well supported with standards in mathematics improving on previous years.

 

Small classes have helped maintain a good standard of behaviour throughout the school.