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Pupil Premium

Annual Funding

 

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which contributes to our school's annual funding, is the best way to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

 

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.

 

 

How funding is used

 

Annual funding

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which contributes to our school’s annual funding, is the best way to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

 

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.

The level of the premium in 2017 - 2018 was £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM). 

 

How funding is used

Last year we received £244,090 in Pupil Premium. In order to improve outcomes for pupils at whom the Pupil Premium is targeted we 

spent the following:
 

 

Extra Curriculum Opportunities:

Specialist Outdoor Education including Camping trip for Year 5 and Residential Journey in Year 6 £10,300

•  Year 6 Saturday School £7,700

•  School trip subsidies £7,140

Additional Teaching Support:

• Additional English and maths in Key Stage 2 £32,500

• Teacher for training, mentoring and paired teaching £32,500

 

Specialist Professional Support:

  • Early Reading Support £51,350
  • Art Therapy £5,460
  • Educational Psychologist £4,830
  • Speech and Language Therapy £5,244

                  

Learning Mentor and Pastoral Support: £30, 096                                                             

 

Support Staff: 

• TA support for Daily Supported Reading, Better Reading

 Partners, Rapid Reading, Rapid Maths and development

 of speech, language and social skills £57,300

 

 

 

Total Pupil Premium generated expenditure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  £244,420

 

How effectively was the money spent?

In our school, overall attainment and progress for disadvantaged pupils is regularly (though not always) above the national average. Our pupil premium expenditure is effective.

 

Letter to the Head teacher from the Minister of Schools:

‘Your school’s results for disadvantaged pupils in recent years show that you have expertise in making a difference with this too-often underperforming group. This clearly demonstrates that the future success of your pupils is very important to you, and that you share our determination to give our most disadvantaged pupils a better start in life.’

 

Most Recent Ofsted Inspection Report November 2014

  ‘Pupil Premium funding is used effectively to provide small-group teaching to help reduce the gaps between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and their peers.’

 

Some recent Key Stage 2 SATs data, contradicts the school’s long-term trend described above. In 2018, although achievement of pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding was above national averages in reading and writing, it was below in maths. The school’s maths results are usually a strength.

 

Additional assessment data comes from nationally standardized assessments in reading and maths. In summer 2018 these assessments showed that:

Year 3 Pupil Premium pupils are above others in maths; below others in reading

Year 4 Pupil Premium pupils are in line with others in maths; above others in reading

Year 5 Pupil Premium pupils are behind others in maths and reading.

 

Our 2018 Year 5 and 6 pupils are the last of 3 ‘bulge years’ admitted within 4 years. Bulge years contain additional classes of children who otherwise had no school place. Assessment data for these 3 years has proven to be inconsistent and does not match patterns in other years. 

 

 

Plans for future expenditure

 

Most of the detailed expenditure is salary costs for additional teachers and support staff. This is what allows us to provide the small-group teaching described by Ofsted. Staffing costs do not change significantly year upon year. Over the long-term, assessment evidence suggests that our strategies for supporting disadvantaged pupils are effective and expenditure will be similar next year.

 

Some Pupil Premium funding will be deployed to allow for teaching support to be restructured to raise achievement in maths to its previous high level for all pupils.  

 

In order to raise achievement in reading, this year the school has invested in Accelerated Reader. This is a recognised intervention strategy that has been tested and shown to be highly effective in improving reading, particularly for disadvantaged pupils.

 

The school will continue to spend some of its Pupil Premium grant to subsidise places on residential school visits for pupils from disadvantaged families.

 

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