Pupil Premium 2016/17
What is it?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children registered for free school meals (FSM), or have been in the previous six years, and children who have been in care for more than six months.
In 2016-2017 the school’s allocated amount was £17,740 for 13 eligible pupils.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the mainschool budget, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalitiesbetween children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring thatfunding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Historically, Pupil Premium pupils make slower progress and achieve lower results than those children who do not receive Pupil Premium. This is a national issue. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to target support to “narrow the gap.” Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are required to hold detailed records and publish on line how they spend the funding.
How has the money been spent?
Our Positive Play workers are funded through the Pupil Premium. They work for 3 hours aweek supporting children with a range of emotional or behavioural difficulties. This includes building self-esteem, raising aspirations and supporting individuals through difficult situations, for example family breakdowns, bereavement etc. Our Intervention programme is funded through the Pupil Premium. This can be intensive one-to one sessions or small, weekly group sessions, run by our teachers with the support of our teaching assistants and has a focussed quality first teaching agenda. This includes teachers identifying the gaps and next steps in children’s learning and planning targeted and well resourced learning opportunities to support all children but particularly vulnerable children and those children falling behind targets in reading, writng or maths.
Pupil Premium Funding Spending Allocation in 2016/17 Academic Year
- 10 hours a week – Quality first teaching interventions
- 3 hours a week – Positive Play Worker
- Curriculum enrichment for the education of Pupil Premium pupils and their peer group e.g. Music Tuition.
- School visits including residential visits to provide experiences for our Pupil Premium pupils and their peer groups
- Resources to support the education of our Pupil Premium pupils particularly children with delay in phonics, reading and maths.
- Provision of school uniform to our Pupil Premium pupils
- Provision of out of school care for our Pupil Premium pupils
This year the provision of an additional teacher, partly funded through Pupil Premium, has helped us to maintain four, which has led to a reduction in class size, ensuring that all vulnerable children receive individual targeted teacher input and support.
Measuring the Impact?
The school will evaluate the impact on each pupil at the end of each half term. Evaluation will focus on academic gains and how pupil’s self-confidence has developed as a consequence of any intervention.
In 2016/17, 100% of Key Stage 1 Pupil Premium children made expected or better progress in reading, writing and maths. In Key Stage 2 100% of Pupil premium children made expected or better progress in reading, 91% in writing and 82% in maths.
Ms Karin Baker – Headteacher