The Pupil Premium grant from the Department of Education is allocated to schools to support certain pupils with their learning. Funding is given to schools for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who fall into a set of agreed categories such as Free School Meals. This should not be confused with Universal free School Meals, which are available to all children in Reception to Year Two.

At our school, we use the funding to support the learning of these pupils, so that they make good progress in the core areas. We also use the money to provide additional support to meet the well-being of our pupils who are entitled to the Pupil Premium Funding. This for example can include providing additional nurture support at playtime or covering the cost of additional curriculum opportunities, such as clubs, trips and the residential for our pupils in Year Six.

Funding 2015 – 2016

For the academic year 2015 – 2016, we received £30,940. We have adapted the way that the money has been used to meet the needs of the children that it serves. Therefore, we have committed the funding into a number of areas, so that we can accelerate the progress of these children and provide valuable opportunities to support their well-being.

  • Additional provision at lunchtime to support pupils with their well-being.
  • Residential trips
  • Opportunity to participate in additional after school clubs
  • Staff salaries (this includes additional staff who have been employed specifically to work with Pupil Premium children, please see below)
  • Specific additional items to support the well-being and achievement of individual pupils
  • Extra staff to support the teaching of phonics, so that pupils can be targeted far more efficiently to make greater progress.
  • Additional equipment to support teaching and learning for this group of children.
  • Milk for children receiving the funding
  • Support for families through purchasing uniform.
  • Additional enrichment opportunities for Pupil Premium children.

Impact 2015 – 2016

  • In Year One 93% of pupils passed the Phonics Test. Highly effective targeted groups have ensured that all of the pupils who receive the Pupil Premium funding passed the Phonics test, excluding one pupil. This clearly demonstrates the success of the funding.
  • Outcomes for Year Two pupils was good, with all but one pupil leaving Key Stage One at the expected level in reading, writing and Maths.
  • Progress for this group of children throughout the school is strong, with many pupils at least achieving their targets, if not surpassing.
  • Additional provision at lunchtime and break times has ensured that the pupils whom receive this support are more positive and ready to learn. This has led to them making made good progress this year.
  • In our Year Six class in 2015 – 2016, four children received the Pupil Premium Funding. Three of the children left at the expected level in reading, writing and Mathematics. Two children left at a greater level of development in writing, due to highly effective intervention groups.
  • At the end of Key Stage Two in reading our Pupil Premium children obtained an average scaled score of 107 compared to the national score of 103.8 for their peers.
  • The overall progress score for this group in writing was 2.45 and was far greater when compared to their peers nationally whose progress was 0.12.

Use of the Funding 2016 – 2017

For the current academic year, we have received £29,460 and are proposing that the funding will be spent in a very similar way to 2015-2016, due to the raised outcomes. Therefore, funding will be directed to the following areas:

  • Additional provision at lunchtime to support pupils with their well-being.
  • Residential trips
  • The purchasing of materials and training of staff to implement specific well-being programmes to further support the pupils with their attitude to learning .
  • Opportunity to participate in additional after school clubs
  • Staff salaries (this includes additional staff who have been employed specifically to work with Pupil Premium children, please see below)
  • Specific additional items to support the well-being and achievement of individual pupils
  • The purchasing of materials and training of staff to implement specific programmes to further enhance the progress of these children.
  • Milk for children receiving the funding
  • Support for families through purchasing uniform.
  • Additional enrichment opportunities for Pupil Premium children.

As a team, we are always striving to evaluate our practice to improve the provision for pupils. For further information regarding this, please click on the link below.

May 17 PP strategy updated

 Provision for Pupils.

Mrs Blackwell is our Pupil Premium  lead and personalises the learning to the needs of each child who receives the funding, so that they can make accelerated progress in a specific area of their learning. In the afternoons, Mrs Blackwell works with the child on either a on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with the focus very much on the child who is entitled to the support. In addition, Mrs Blackwell also works closely with families whose child receives the funding to ensure that learning is accelerated and the progress of each child is heightened.

We recognise that it is important to measure the success of this funding, so that we can continually evaluate the effectiveness of the money spent and its impact on standards. Due to this, Mrs Blackwell and Mrs Duggleby monitor the progress of these children at regular intervals throughout the year to ensure that targets are being met. The progress of pupils who receive the funding is also shared and monitored by Governors, so that they can effectively evaluate the provision and the impact on standards.