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Pupil premium

Helping to diminish the difference for disadvantaged children

What is pupil premium?

“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 (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DfE website)

Pupil Premium Strategy for 2016/17

This Year’s allocation:

£9240. We currently have seven eligible pupils in school.

Barriers to learning:

These are some of the barriers to learning that affect some of the pupils to varying extents. No single eligible pupil has all these barriers to learning.

  • difficulty in focusing in whole class situations
  • lack of wide vocabulary
  • Specific SEND factors
  • Narrow extra-curricular experiences
  • Health issues
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Home factors

How funding will be spent and rationale:

  • Extra TA time – additional TA hours are used to allow for greater quality first teaching. Our eligible pupils in KS1 can find it difficult to focus in whole class situations so extra pair of hands allows teachers and TAs to ensure these pupils are supported by giving them time to talk, time to go through personalised feedback and time to discuss their attitudes to learning. Sometimes they may work with the TA and sometimes with the teacher whilst the TA supervises the rest of the class. Our TA’s also need to support certain eligible pupils with individual health issues which affects ability to learn but more importantly, well-being.
  • After school tuition – We will provide after school tuition with our additional teacher working with pairs of pupils. She knows the pupils well and will work with the class teachers to consolidate lessons from class by giving individual feedback and interventions where necessary. A block of weeks will be allocated to KS2 and KS1 eligible pupils throughout the year.
  • Financial support – parents are usually asked to contribute a voluntary donation towards trips and other events so funding is used to pay these costs for eligible pupils. We also help finance eligible pupils for extra-curricular experiences such as music lessons or dance clubs.
  • SENCO time – although not all the eligible pupils are on the SEND register, our SENCO (with assistance from the Office Manager) does spend time on seeking support for families such as Early Help or arranging transport to and from school if this becomes a problem with attendance.
  • Resources and training – we will need additional resources (usually in the form of SEN intervention) and will provide staff with professional development, specifically to help better support eligible pupils progress. This will also benefit all pupils.

Measuring impact:

  • Pupil attainment data – we aim for all eligible pupils to reach at least age related expectations and the more able ones, to be working at greater depth.
  • Pupil Progress meetings – these will also include “soft” data in discussing eligible pupils well-being and attitude to learning as well as any small step progress made.
  • Attendance and punctuality records – this will also indicate eligible pupils whose health issues may lead to time off school.

Date of next review of pupil premium strategy:

End of term 5 – May/June 2017

Previous academic year

To view how much the premium was last year; how it was used and the impact on the attainment of pupils receiving the premium in 2015/16, download this pdf file:

 

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