The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is funding provided to schools to address inequalities in educational outcomes for disadvantaged children. All pupils who have been identified as being in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) over the last 6 years (known as Ever 6 FSM) are eligible to this funding from the government. For the academic year 2013-14 this was £900 per pupil and for 2014-15 it is £1300 per child. Schools also receive funding for children who have been in care and children of service personnel receive £300 per child.
Accountability of Pupil Premium Spending
The government believe this is the best way to narrow the underlying gap that exists nationally between pupils in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and their peers. The funding is to tackle disadvantage and reach children who need it most. They believe that head teachers and school leaders should make the decisions about how pupil premium spending is spent. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
• The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers and RAISE Online data.
• The Ofsted inspection framework which has a focus on attainment of pupil groups in particular those who attract pupil premium funding.
The Sutton Trust Report (2011) summarises research evidence on improving learning and we have used this to make informed choices about which interventions will be most effective at St. Johns.
The school has a responsibility to provide information on their website about how the funding is used.
For the year 2014-15 St Johns C.E. (A) Primary School received £120,572 as Pupil Premium funding and the following plans outlines how this will be spent, monitored and impact measured.
We have high aspirations for all our pupils at St Johns and believe no child should be left behind. In addition we are determined that all children and families are given every chance to realise their full potential and are committed to ensuring that the challenges we face are mitigated, so all children can achieve. Pupil premium funding represents a significant proportion of our budget and we are committed to ensuring it is spent to maximum effect.
• To provide additional educational support to improve rates of progress and standards for pupil premium pupils
• To narrow and close the gap between pupil premium pupils and their peers
• Engagement to improve curriculum engagement, motivation and academic achievement
• To help address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for pupil premium funding and their peers, as far as is possible
The funding has been spent in the following ways and is tracked under 6 funding streams; 1.Basic needs 2.Reading and literacy 3. Maths / Science / computing
4. Additional learning opportunities 5. Enrichment learning / opportunities out of school /
self esteem / behaviour improvement 6.Parents / attendance.
The school business manager keeps an audit trail of all spending and a provision map lists actions for each child. The funding has impacted on children’s self esteem, behaviour and attainment (see impact of Pupil Premium)
• Additional teaching assistants in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for daily reading/small group support to ensure literacy and numeracy skills are improved and progress targets achieved
• Small group support/interventions in literacy and maths and resources to support groups
• Additional support staff in Foundation Stage
• Intervention teaching assistants-afternoons
• Additional Education Psychologist time
• Additional SEN training/hours
• Breakfast club provision
• Additional Home School Link Worker (HSLW) hours to work with vulnerable families
• Additional Education Welfare Officer (EWO) hours to challenge poor attendance /lates
• 1 to1 specialist maths coaching/small group guided reading support for Y6 pupils in preparation for transition
• Specialist coaches provide after school clubs
• Holiday sports/learning camps during half terms
• Catch up clubs for LAC/SEN pupils
• Curriculum related enrichment WOW days each term to aid speaking and listening and widen children’s experiences
• Homework resources/equipment including e learning My Maths and Bug club
• Supporting the cost of all educational visits which make learning enjoyable, some provided free
• Supporting the cost of basic P.E. kit/equipment/uniform
• Good attendance/behaviour reward visits and prizes to help prioritise good attendance and behaviour
• Young Minds counselling and attendance at Inspire behaviour unit to avoid fixed term exclusions
• The Y6 residential visit to France is subsidised by 75%
• A scooter storage area has been installed with a pod for lunchtime use
Extra information for parent/carers
How is it spent?
We always take account of parent learning questionnaires and parent open evenings to find out how we can help children learn or stretch them even further. Some actions can help children aim high and build confidence and self esteem e.g. mentor time, visits and taking part in activities to develop social of language skills.
If children are behind in reading, writing and maths we may arrange for them to have additional small group or 1 to1 teaching. We call these ‘interventions programmes’. Much of our spending goes on additional staff. We choose the classroom approaches and interventions that research shows work.
Download the Sutton Trust toolkit here
We also spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children. How much parent/carers get involved with their children’s learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school. So we spend money on activities that support families and school attendance. We keep a clear account of all Pupil Premium expenditure. All matters regarding the use of pupil premium funding are treated with discretion and in confidence.
How will parents know it is working?
We track all children’s progress each half term, so we can quickly see if our plans are working. If your child takes part in an intervention programme we measure how they are doing at the start and the end, so we can see the difference. We report to you on parent’s evenings and the impact of pupil premium is reported to the Governing Body and published on our web site. If you would like any further information please get in touch.