Pupil Premium Funding Summary 2019-20
The Pupil Premium allocation for 2019-20 is £42,160 (23 Ever 6 Free School Meals eligibility @ £1,320 per qualifying pupil & 1 pupil Ever 6 Service Children @ £300 and 5 Post CLA @ £2,300). 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 2018-19 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 further 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 members of 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 2019-20 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 continued use of Accelerated Reader to encourage reading and aid reading comprehension
- Free instrumental 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.
- CPOMs used by SLT and teachers to track pupils individual personal and social development, track improvements in attendance against actions taken both in class and through interventions/support programmes
- Educational Psychology Service utilised to support staff working with children who have additional needs.
- 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.
- Access to the IDL specialist software programmes for Literacy and Numeracy.
- Pastoral Support: Safeguarding systems and procedures have been further developed. Pupils entitled to Pupil Premium receive targeted support through external agencies such as The Children and Family Well-being Service, 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.
Pupil Premium funding is facilitating effective support systems and a personalised curriculum for some pupils. It has enabled us to provide various individual and group interventions and an additional teacher in Year 6 to reduce teaching group size. These strategies have been effective in improving outcomes for our pupils and the progress of our pupils has been enhanced by these experiences and opportunities. The employment of additional Teachers and Teaching Assistants is enabling disadvantaged children to access the curriculum and make acceptable progress. Close monitoring, target setting and high expectations are having a positive impact on pupil’s attainment and progress. Parental involvement is also a key factor in pupil success and teachers communicate effectively to encourage parents to support their child’s learning at home.
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 monitored and teaching is focused on the delivery of Key learning to narrow the gap between those children and their peers. The Accelerated Reader and IDL Literacy and Numeracy software programmes are embedded in our practice.
Children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding receive additional pastoral support to enable them to access the curriculum and experience success. Evidence shows an improvement with punctuality, attendance and behaviour for these pupils and a more positive attitude to learning.
Our creative curriculum, annual production, free music lessons and whole school Art Attack project provide valuable creative experiences for our pupils that encourage greater self-confidence, inclusivity and team-work.
Key Stage 2 results 2019
- The four disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 2 achieved the expected standard in Reading, Mathematics and EGPS whilst one pupil reached Greater Depth in these three areas.
- The average scaled score for disadvantaged pupils in Reading was 105.3 compared with 107.2 for non-disadvantaged pupils. The National benchmark for disadvantaged pupils was 101.9.
- The average scaled score in Mathematics for disadvantaged pupils was 106.0 compared to 107.5 for non-disadvantaged pupils with the National benchmark for disadvantaged pupils 102.5.
- The average scaled score for disadvantaged pupils in Grammar, punctuation & spelling was 108.8 compared with 110.2 for non-disadvantaged pupils. The National benchmark for disadvantaged pupils was 103.8.
- Three of the four children came to our school late.
Pupil Premium Funding will be reviewed in October 2020.