The Pupil Premium allocation for 2015-16 is £33,140*(22 Ever 6 Free School Meals eligibility @ £1320 per qualifying pupil & 1 pupil Ever 5 Service Children @ £300 and 2 Post CLA @ £1900). During the academic year 2015-16 selected Year 6 children will be taught Literacy and Numeracy in small groups each morning by a qualified, experienced teacher. In addition we have appointed a second support teacher to work with groups and individual children from Year 3, 4 and 5 who are not reaching age related expectations.
All children who qualify for Pupil Premium or exhibit barriers to learning are targeted through a range of interventions and activities and their progress and attainment is closely monitored. A member of staff also monitors the progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium and liaises with the child’s class teacher to discuss progress and attainment. In our EYFS Department we have increased our permanent Support Staff allocation and provided some additional Teaching Assistant support to cater for those with additional needs and barriers to learning. In Key Stage 1 we have a full time teacher offering support to those children falling behind age related expectations. We have also employed additional support staff to work with groups of children, provide “One-to-One” support and deliver additional intervention activities.
Other uses of the Pupil Premium in 2015-16 include:
- A culture of high expectations and targeted catch up and enrichment activities for selected children.
- Intensive support in the basics via one-to-one tuition or as a small group.
- Free violin lessons for junior pupils eligible for pupil premium.
- Termly monitoring of children’s progress and analysis of data undertaken by key staff.
- Utilising Teaching Assistant Apprentices to provide additional support for children with barriers to learning.
- Our Computing Technician provides curriculum support for small groups and individuals enabling children to utilise Computing skills to enhance their learning.
- Intervention Strategies: Teaching Assistants have worked in key subject areas such as English, Mathematics and Science. We have developed a personalised and relevant curriculum with intervention support targeting selected children.
- Pastoral Support: Safeguarding systems and procedures have been further developed. Pupils entitled to Pupil Premium receive targeted support through Haslingden Community Link and the School Nurse.
- Extra-Curricular Activities: Pupils are supported through the Premium so that they are able to access extra-curricular activities and school visits.
- If and when additional needs are identified financial support will be considered if deemed appropriate.
- If and when required school uniform and resources may be provided.
- In service training for Teaching Assistants will be provided to develop their role in teaching and learning.
To create a special fund to support disadvantaged children. This fund is used for:
- School visits, extra-curricular activities, resources that enable the child to participate fully and promote their learning.
- Additional individual or small group tuition for those who are falling behind and need additional support to “close the gap”.
- Individual musical instrument hire and tuition is being offered to some pupils.
- E. Kits for those who are often without them.
- Free sessions at the Acorns after-school Club.
- Employment of a Learning Mentor to support individuals.
- Providing effective monitoring systems to track pupil progress and liaison to establish effective communication systems.
- Buying Outreach support when necessary.
Key Stage 1
Our external data shows that in all areas; Mathematics, Reading and Writing, the pupil eligible for FSM at Key Stage 1 achieved above National Average. Four pupils out of five eligible for FSM achieved the expected standard in Phonics in year One. Data shows that attainment at Key Stage 1 was significantly above National Average Point scores in all areas. Interventions in Literacy and Numeracy accelerated pupils’ progress and the employment of additional Teaching Assistants was successful in enabling all children to access all areas of the curriculum and make acceptable progress.
Key stage 2
At the end of Year 6 all children eligible for FSM achieved Level 4 or above in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. One of these children achieved a Level 5 in Reading and two achieved a Level 5 in English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Our FSM pupils achieved Average Point Scores that were above or at the National Average in all areas.
Our data suggests that the Pupil Premium funding has been utilised effectively to improve outcomes for our pupils through the various interventions, individual support and booster groups it has provided.
Those pupils across the school who are working below the expected level for their year group in any area are attending intervention groups and are receiving targeted support. Their progress is closely monitored and strategies are put in place to narrow the gap between them and their peers. They, like all other pupils, are expected to achieve the required level of progress across the key stage.
We have trialled a free Violin lessons scheme this year where pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding in the Junior department have been given free weekly Violin lessons. The children were loaned a school violin and allowed to take it home to practice. The Year 6 pupils involved performed in the Leavers Assembly to showcase the excellent progress they had made. The children involved enjoyed the experience and teachers reported raised self- esteem, improved attendance and improved attitude to learning.
* indicates FINAL Pupil Premium allocation (Jan 2016)