Pupil Premium 2015

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Pupil Premium

What is it?

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to close the between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. National statistics show that these children often underperform even though they may have the same potential as their peers.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after by Children’s Services continuously over more than six months, and for children of armed forces personnel.
The Government believes that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), allocated per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This is to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. This information details the following:

  • The amount of the school’s allocation from the Pupil Premium Grant in respect of the current academic year;
  • Details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent;
  • Details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent
  • The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school in respect of who grant funding was allocated.

Funding is allocated within the school budget by financial year. This budget enables the school to plan its intervention and support programme. Expenditure is therefore planned and implemented by academic year as shown. As an inclusive school, Newton Flotman Church of England Primary strongly believes that no pupil should be disadvantaged as a result of background and ensures that resources and support are also provided for children who may not necessarily be eligible for free school meals or looked after, but who have been identified by the school as being at an educational disadvantage compared to their peers. This support is funded out of the School’s main budget. Programmes involving children who are eligible for the grant as well as those who are not are often part-funded by Pupil Premium, proportional to the children they benefit.

Academic Year 2014-15: Pupil Premium Allocation: £33,800

After consultation with parents, staff, governors and pupils and with consideration of the EE Foundation toolkit it was spent on the following:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Home visits
  • Progress, pupil tracking & next steps meetings
  • Parent Support Advisor (1 day per week)
  • Homework club
  • Interventions in reading, maths, anger management, emotional development and other areas
  • Mentoring
  • 1-2-1 tutoring
  • Staff training
  • Access to clubs
  • Educational visits
  • Enrichment opportunities e.g. music, dance, clubs

How it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils:

Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Class)

  • OUTSTANDING with every child making at least expected progress in all Early Learning Goals and 75% of these children have exceeding expectations in some areas of learning.

Key Stage 1

  • Reading – 100% of disadvantaged children attained level 2 or higher compared to 91% other children.  APS 3 year trend shows gap narrowing year on year.
  • Writing – 86% (6/7) of disadvantaged children attained level 2 or higher compared to 91% other children.   APS 2 year trend shows gap closing.
  • Maths – 100% of disadvantaged children attained level 2 or higher compared to 95% other children.  APS 3 year trend shows gap narrowing year on year.

Key Stage 2

  • Reading – For the 2nd consecutive year 100% of disadvantaged children attained level 4 or higher compared to 92% of other children.
  • Writing – For the 2nd consecutive year 100% of disadvantaged children attained level 4 or higher compared to 92% of other children
  • Maths – 50% (1 child) of disadvantaged children attained level 4 in maths from 100% in the previous 2 years. This is despite booster classes, interventions and small group work.

Attendance of disadvantaged pupils has also improved. Involvement of disadvantaged pupils in extra-curricular activities has also increased.

Ofsted Raise Online Inspection Dashboard 2015 states:
School Strengths
Key Stage 2 value added in all subjects was broadly average or above for disadvantaged pupils.  From at least 5 out of every 6 starting points, the proportion of disadvantaged Key stage S2 pupils making and exceeding expected progress in reading, in writing & in mathematics was similar to that of other pupils nationally.  The proportion of disadvantaged KS2 pupils that attained at least Level 4 was equal to or above the national figure for other pupils in reading & writing.”

Academic Year 2015-16: Pupil Premium Allocation £43,560

Planned expenditure:

  • Additional hours for Education Support Staff at the beginning of the school day to work with individuals
  • Home visits
  • Progress, pupil tracking & next steps meetings
  • Parent Support Advisor (1 day per week)
  • Homework club
  • Interventions in reading, maths, anger management, emotional development and other areas:
  • Mentoring
  • 1-2-1 tutoring
  • Staff training
  • Access to clubs
  • Educational visits
  • Enrichment opportunities e.g. music
  • Additional post supporting afternoon reading in KS2