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.
Pupil premium funding is allocated to schools according to the number of pupils eligible for free school meals or are in care. These pupils are represented in national statistics as being 'disadvantaged'. The aim of the funding is to ‘close the gap’ in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils who are not disadvantaged.
It is for schools to decide how their Pupil Premium funding 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
The level of the premium in 2020/21 was £1,345 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals.
How funding is used
Last year we received £166,780 in Pupil Premium. In order to improve outcomes for pupils at whom the Pupil Premium is targeted we spent the following:
Learning Mentor and Pastoral Support: £39,500
Includes face to face individual and group support helping vulnerable pupils to access the curriculum; strategies to improve the attendance of vulnerable pupils; face to face support for parents and families and working with external agencies (food charities, school nurse, Early Help, holiday play schemes etc) to maximise opportunities for vulnerable families to help their children succeed at school.
The supplemental teaching accounted for here is in addition to that funded by the post lockdown Catch-Up Grant.
- Additional English and maths teaching in Key Stage 2 £32,500
- Additional English and maths teaching in Key Stage 1 £32,000
- Teacher time to facilitate training, mentoring and paired teaching £32,500
Additional Support Staff:
• Additional TA support for Daily Supported Reading and speaking and listening £14,000
Specialist Professional Support:
- Art Therapy £5,300
- Educational Psychologist £4,000
- Speech and Language Therapy £4,000
Extra Curriculum Opportunities:
Due to Covid-19, opportunities for trips and residential visits were severely limited. However, we were able to send Year 6 away on a residential camping trip and this was subsidised by £2,500
Year 6 Saturday School £2,500
Total Pupil Premium generated expenditure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £168,800
How effectively was the money spent?
In our school, overall attainment and progress for disadvantaged pupils is regularly 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.’
Pupil Premium Expenditure: 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.’
There is no SATs data for either 2020 or 2021. The most recent SATs results we have are from 2019 which showed the progress of pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding to be above national averages in all subjects. Of the 30 Year 6 pupils who received Pupil Premium, 25 made good or better progress in reading, writing and maths.
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 enable flexibility in teaching support, ensuring that our school retains its capacity to respond effectively in a timely manner whenever a need is identified, ensuring that achievement remains high for all our 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.
The highest single expense accounted for is for pastoral support. We employ one senior member of staff to work full-time with an additional dedicated day from a member of the Leadership Team to ensure that our most vulnerable children and families receive the guidance and support that they need and to which they are entitled. This helps them help their children to succeed at school. Our school's demographic changes. Currently we see a widening gap between our families of different social backgrounds. If our school's data shows this gap continuing then our school's strategy for effective Pupil Premium expenditure will become increasingly refined and two-pronged: we will deliver pastoral support to help disadvantaged families help their children to succeed and additional teaching time to give all children the best opportunities for academic achievement.