Pupil Premium Funding Summary 2017-18
The Pupil Premium allocation for 2017-18 is £37,680 (24 Ever 6 Free School Meals eligibility @ £1320 per qualifying pupil & 1 pupil Ever 6 Service Children @ £300 and 3 Post LAC @ £1900). The school has a range of children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. The PP children have a wide range of needs not all of which are academic. Children with specific SEND are given targeted IPM’s which support them in making small steps of progress. Specialist SEND provision is mostly funded from SEND monies but Pupil Premium Funding is used to augment and extend provision where necessary. Children making slow progress are provided with 1-1 and small group support. Pupil Premium funding is used to fund some Teaching Assistant hours and Teacher hours. During the academic year 2016-17 selected Year 6 children were taught Literacy and Numeracy in a medium sized group (14) 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. All members of staff also monitor the progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium and liaise with the SLT to discuss progress and attainment. In Key Stage 1, we have a part-time teacher offering support to those children falling behind age related expectations. Financial constraints have meant a reduction in Teaching Assistant hours but support for morning sessions has been prioritised. The progress of pupils who receive Pupil Premium funding is closely monitored by Governors and Senior staff.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to diminish the differences between pupil groups. As a school, we consistently track all groups of pupils to ensure that they make good or better progress. Through targeted interventions, we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For new entrants that start with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school. Once at age related expectations we always continue to extend that learning further to ensure that they reach higher levels of attainment. We closely monitor how we are spending the allocated funds to ensure they are having an impact on pupil premium pupil’s achievement.
Other uses of the Pupil Premium in 2017-18 include:
- A culture of high expectations and targeted catch up and enrichment activities for selected children.
- Intervention activities delivered by teachers across the school.
- The purchase of Accelerated Reader to encourage reading and aid reading comprehension
- Free violin lessons for junior pupils eligible for pupil premium.
- Termly monitoring of children’s progress and analysis of data undertaken by key staff using our new School Pupil Tracker.
- Utilising Teaching Assistants to provide additional support and deliver relevant interventions in key subject areas such as English, Mathematics and Science, targeting selected children with barriers to learning.
- Pastoral Support: Safeguarding systems and procedures have been further developed. Pupils entitled to Pupil Premium receive targeted support through external agencies such as Haslingden Community Link and the School Nurse Team.
- Extra-Curricular Activities: Pupils are supported 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 required school uniform and resources may be provided.
- Staff training and termly reviews will be provided relating to moderation and assessing progress.
- Attendance reward scheme continued to promote an ethos of valuing good punctuality and attendance.
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.
- PE kits for those who are often without them.
- Funded sessions at the Acorns Club.
- Providing effective monitoring systems to track pupil progress and liaison to establish effective communication systems.
- Buying Outreach support when necessary.
- Attendance rewards and certificates issued on a termly basis.
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. Close monitoring informs class teachers and the SLT about the progress and attainment of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding.
At the end of Year 6 all six pupils eligible for Pupil Premium were working at the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics and made very good progress from their starting points.
Our Pupil Premium funding has enabled us to provide various interventions, individual support and booster groups which have been effective in improving outcomes for our pupils. Data shows that 53.6% of all pupils receiving Pupil Premium Funding are “At” or “Above” the End of Year Age Related Expectation in all areas. Of the 46.4% who were not at the Age Related Expectation in all areas, one of the pupils has a Statement of Special Needs and two have poor attendance.
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.