Pupil Premium Funding
WHAT IS PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING?
Every school has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential. The Department for Education (Dfe) provides additional funding for schools to support specific groups of pupils who may be disadvantaged.
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that we can support our disadvantaged pupil cohort closing the attainment gap between them and their peers. It is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils from low-income families who receive a free school meal.
Pupil Premium Plus - In April 2014 a Pupil Premium Plus grant was introduced to promote the education of children and young people in care. This provides each Looked After Child (LAC) of school age, and those adopted from care, with additional funding to support their education and is targeted to improve outcomes and raise attainment.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocation is spend, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their setting.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN BARRIERS TO EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FACED BY ELIGIBLE PUPILS OF THE SCHOOL?
We currently have 22 children on roll who are eligible for either Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium Plus.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by the children who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding are the level of support from home , emotional health and well-being and social skills and inclusion.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by children who are eligible for Pupil Premium Plus funding are emotional health and well-being, social skills and inclusion.
HOW DO WE SPEND OUR PUPIL PREMIUM ALLOCATION TO ADDRESS THESE BARRIERS?
All of the pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding benefit from additional adult support in school. According to the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) targeted academic support is an effective way to spend our PP allocation. Evidence consistently show that this type of support has a positive impact on children's achievements. This additional support is targeted to improve outcomes for the children by targeting their specific needs.
Support is through teacher and teaching assistant time for interventions with indiviudals or groups and takes the following forms:
|Support given||Reason for that approach|
|Support transition into school in the mornings and from class to class||Having someone to greet the pupils in the morning and settle them into school support their emotional well-being as well as improving their attendance and punctuality|
|Daily reading||To raise levels of achievement and progress in reading|
|Daily phonics||To raise levels of achievement and progress in phonics through a rigorous and repetitive daily approach|
|Daily maths support||To raise levels of achievement and progress in maths through repetition of basic skills|
|Small Group Work /Targeted group activities||To work with small groups supporting achievement in specific areas or to develop social skills through playing games and turn-taking|
|Speech and Language Support||Designated time to provide targeted support for children with speech and language needs|
|Gifted and Talented Support||To support achievement in an area where a pupil is gifted and talented|
HOW WAS OUR PUPIL PREMIUM ALLOCATION SPENT LAST YEAR?
In April 2020 we received £24,140 and this is how we spent it ...
- Continued to provide a learning mentor to support pupils emotional and social development.
IMPACT: Vulnerable children were more emotionally and socially secure and so were able to make better progress.
- Continued to provide Additional Teaching Assistants to support small groups and individual learning both in and out of the classroom according to the children's needs.
IMPACT: Children worked in smaller groups focused on meeting their specific needs and reaching their individual targets.
- Purchased additional equipment/materials for maths, reading and writing activities.
IMPACT: Resources provided prompts and aids to children's learning which maximised progress and ensured targets were met.
HOW WILL WE ALLOCATE OUR PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING THIS YEAR?
In April 2021 we received £27,175 and this is how we are planning to spend the funding....
- Continue to provide a learning mentor to support pupils emotional and social development.
IMPACT: Vulnerable children will be more emotionally and socially secure and so will be able to make better progress.
- Continue to provide Additional Teaching Assistants to support small groups and individual learning both in and out of the classroom according to the children's needs.
IMPACT: Children can work in smaller groups focused on meeting their specific needs and reaching their individual targets.
- Purchase additional equipment/materials for maths, reading and writing activities.
IMPACT: Resources provide prompts and aids to children's learning which will ,maximise progress and ensure targets are met.
HOW WILL WE MEASURE THE IMPACT AND EFFECT OF OUR ALLOCATION OF PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING?
The school has rigorous measures in place for tracking and supporting all pupils, including those who make less than expected progress. A termly staff meeting is dedicated to analysing progress and identifying children who need targeted intervention. Existing intervention is discussed and staff re-allocated to make sure we are addressing individual children's ongoing needs and are making the best possible use of our support staff.
In addition, the allocation of Pupil Premium Funding, it's impact and effect are discussed termly at the Full Governor's meetings and at the Curriculum Committee Meetings.
WHEN IS THE NEXT REVIEW OF OUR SCHOOL'S PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY?