Pupil premium

Pupil premium is additional funding to help schools support children to improve their outcomes. Pupil premium funding can bring many advantages to your child including school based interventions, tutoring, attendance on school trips, learning support, extra curricular activities and after school provision (eg. clubs). It could also mean your child might be entitled to free school meals in the future.

If you are in receipt of any of the following, pupil premium funding may be available for your child.

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit Universal Credit

If this applies to you, please contact the school office.

Schools are required to publish the amount of funding they have received, how it has been used and examples of its impact on pupils’ outcomes. Our Pupil Premium allocation for 2017-18 is £27,720, based on 21 eligible children receiving £1,320 per pupil. We have been very proactive in encouraging parents to apply for pupil premium and we have tracked parents who may be eligible and contacted them gently and sensitively.

One of the purposes of our pupil premium funding is to alleviate barriers to learning. For our children, these include:

  • Speech and language needs
  • Medical needs
  • Challenging home issues
  • Bereavement
  • Low income in household impacting on school needs
  • Specific learning difficulties, including low starting points in English and maths
  • Social skills difficulties
  • Motor skills issues
  • Nurture issues
  • Lack of parental support at home

Our pupil premium strategy reviews are undertaken at half termly progress meetings, within leadership meetings and at termly meetings of our governing body. Our most recent pupil premium strategy review was held in February 2017. Timetables for children in receipt of pupil premium are changed as frequently as every fortnight, to ensure that they benefit from the best of our resources.

Attendance is one of the key issues we track and the average attendance last year for the children in receipt of Pupil Premium was 94.9%. This compares to the whole school attendance rate of 96.9%. We have particularly focused on involving parents of Pupil Premium children who are hard to reach and reviewing our transition arrangements.

The well-being of all our children is really important to us. We want all our children to be happy, healthy and achieving their best. Pupil Premium funding helps us to address the needs of those children, within the above group, who require assistance to achieve the outcomes expected for all children. We use most of our allocation to fund additional learning/ pastoral support for specific needs within this group of children. We used classroom teaching assistants to support identified needs for emotional, social and/or where academic attainment/progress was below age expected levels. We also fund other aspects of a child’s school life that will have a positive impact on their well-being, such as clubs, trips and uniform where needed. 100% of children in receipt of Pupil Premium in Years 1 and 2 attended a club paid for by the school last year. We keep a detailed record of the actual specific support given to each child with pupil premium and the outcome, for example how a particular handwriting intervention has impacted on a child’s motor skills. We measure the impact of pupil premium in terms of data but also the specific achievements of the child concerned, eg. progress in speech and language, behaviour, interactions with other pupils etc.

Pupil premium has been allocated as follows so far this academic year:

Resource Purpose Impact so far Approx. Cost
Teaching Assistant Support Extra adult support for those pupils experiencing learning, behaviour or emotional difficulties

We also have a full time Level 3 ELKLAN trained LSA. Most children on our PP register receive support from her

These pupils are better able to access the curriculum appropriate to their individual needs £24,720
New and existing interventions – Every Child Counts/Bug club Targeted support for PP children working at below expected in reading and maths These pupils are better able to access the curriculum appropriate to their individual needs £1000
Financial Support for Visits, clubs, personal items Financial support for school visits for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding Eligible pupils are able to attend and experience these enrichment activities £1000
Staff training Extra adult support for those pupils experiencing learning, behaviour or emotional difficulties These pupils are better able to access the curriculum appropriate to their individual needs Within TA support
Pupil Perception Time Time allocated for all teachers to have one to one perception time with PP children Individual needs are met and children are involved in planning their learning £1000

Specific interventions include:

  • Dough gym
  • Nurture groups
  • Family support
  • Writing and reading groups
  • Fine and gross motor skills intervention
  • Speech and language support
  • Gifted and Talented intervention
  • Counselling
  • Maths interventions including First Class at Number
  • Phonics groups
  • Play support
  • Handwriting intervention
  • Narrative thinking intervention
  • Aids for classroom use to address particular needs, both academic and medical
  • Funding release for pupil progress meetings to include teachers and LSAs
  • Training for staff including ELKLAN for full-time LSA speech and language support
  • Clubs and cycle training
  • Uniform and other items for children to be school ready on a daily basis
  • Trips
Percentage of pupil premium children achieving expected level Percentage of non pupil premium children achieving expected level
EYFS (5 pupils) 40% achieved a GLD (Good Level of Development) 72% achieved a GLD (Good Level of Development)
Year 1  (7 pupils)
Phonics 43% 77%
Year 2 (7 pupils)
Reading 71% 85%
Writing 57% 80%
Maths 57% 83%
Phonics 100% over the 2 years 97%
Foundation Stage 6 children
Year 1 7 children
Year 2 8 children

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