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
The level of the premium in 2019/20 is £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
• 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 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.’
Our 2019 Key Stage 2 SATs data shows 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.
In order to raise achievement in reading, the school has recently invested in Accelerated Reader. This is a nationally recognised intervention strategy that has been tested and shown to be highly effective in improving reading, particularly for disadvantaged pupils. investment will continue over the next 2 - 3 years as the programme is rolled out and embedded across the school.
The school will continue to spend some of its Pupil Premium grant to subsidise places on residential school visits for pupils from disadvantaged families.