Pupil Premium 2017

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Pupil Premium 2017

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;
  •         How the allocation will be spent;
  •         How the previous academic year’s allocation was spent
  •         How effectively the previous academic year’s 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 2016-17: Pupil Premium Allocation £52,480

Planned expenditure:

  •         Additional hours for Education Support Staff at the beginning of the school day to work with individuals
  •         Additional hours to support emotional and behavioural difficulties for individuals
  •         PATHS programme for emotional and social skills development across school – training, materials, implementation.
  •         Dedicated space for nurture for individuals – Rainbow Room
  •         Home visits for new intake
  •         Progress, pupil tracking & next steps meetings
  •         Parent Support Advisor (1 day per week)
  •         Homework Café
  •         Interventions in reading, maths, anger management, emotional development and other areas
  •         Staff training
  •         Access to clubs
  •         Educational visits
  •         Residential visit to Kingswood
  •         Enrichment opportunities e.g. music
  •         Additional teaching assistant post supporting afternoon reading in KS2, extending to response to marking, additional maths.

 

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

 

Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Class)

  • In 2017 2 out of 5 disadvantaged pupils achieved a “Good Level of Development” (two others have special needs). 4 out of 5 made expected or better progress from the start of the year.

Phonics

  • In phonics in Year 1, 2017, 25% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected standard  (3 out of 4 required speech and language support). In 2016 100% of disadvantaged pupils (on roll throughout 2015-2016) achieved.

Key Stage 1

  • At key stage 1 in 2017 disadvantaged pupils at key stage 1 made expected or better progress from Reception in 13/18 cases (6 pupils across 3 subjects) and made better than expected progress in 5 cases. In maths 4/6 achieved the national standard, in reading 4/6 achieved the national standard, in writing 3/6 achieved the national standard; so in 11/18 cases pupils achieved the standard. This means that progress was better than attainment, and so the gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils is closing.

Key Stage 2

  • At key stage 2 in 2017 disadvantaged pupils made better progress from key stage 1 than others: in reading and in writing but also in maths if a significant outlier is disregarded. In 8/12 cases pupils made expected or better progress, including 2/4 cases in maths. In 2016 disadvantaged pupils at key stage 2 made expected progress in 3 out of 6 cases (for 2 pupils that were in school throughout Year 5 and 6).

Within school

  • Progress of disadvantaged children (since their last national assessment) is faster than expected in reading and writing, and in line in maths.
  • Outcomes are variable because of small cohorts of as few as 1 child.
  • Interventions have been reviewed, and new maths interventions (First Class @ Number) and reading comprehension interventions (Project X, afternoon one-to-one TA) were introduced in autumn 2015. Project X is effective for raising motivation, confidence, pace and compehension in reading as well as reading ages eg “Yes! It’s Project X!”; reading ages have increased by at least a year and a half in 12 weeks, significantly closing gaps by up to 2 years.
  • In 2017 all disadvantaged pupils in both Year 5 and Year 6 attended the residential trip. Some required funding, some required persuading and some required additional arrangements to be made.
  • Exclusions (which affected disadvantaged pupils and also others) have been reduced, thanks to the new Rainbow Room and a dedicated teaching assistant. Disadvantaged pupils (and all children) are receiving additional support with managing feelings, behaviour and relationships. Loss of learning has been reduced for many children.

 

Academic Year 2017- 2018: Pupil Premium Allocation £52,480

Planned expenditure:

  • Additional hours for Education Support Staff at the beginning of the school day to work with individuals
  • PATHS programme for emotional and social skills development across school – training, materials, implementation.
  • Dedicated space for nurture for individuals – Rainbow Room
  • Dedicated Emotional Learning Support Assistant (ELSA) – training, full time hours for incident responses and for planned interventions, materials and resources
  • Time for Talk intervention – dedicated time with an adult for vulnerable children to talk about concerns
  • Home visits for new intake – cover staff
  • Progress, pupil tracking & next steps meetings – additional meetings for disadvantaged pupils 2017-2018
  • Parent Support Advisor (1 day per week)
  • Homework Café – teacher, teaching assistant, materials
  • Interventions in reading, maths, anger management, emotional development and other areas
  • Staff training: Growth Mindset, inspirational maths, (positive handling – new staff)
  • Access to clubs – funding support
  • Educational visits – funding support
  • Residential visits to Kingswood (Year 6) and Eaton Vale (Year 4) – funding support
  • Enrichment opportunities e.g. music – loan instruments
  • Additional teaching assistant post supporting afternoon reading in KS2, extending to response to marking, additional maths
  • Raising aspirations: Growth Mindset, Brain Week, parent talks, National Trust 50 Things (to do before you are 11¾)