PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING
What is it?
The government has focused on improving performance of groups that are falling behind their peers. One such group is pupils on free school meals (FSM); the government have directly funded these pupils by use of a grant called Pupil Premium. Other groups are also funded through this mechanism, i.e. children who are looked after (LAC) and children who are in families where a parent is a member of the armed services.
The allocation for pupil premium is £1320 for any pupil who has received free school meals at any time in their schooling and £1900 for a LAC pupil.
For more information on Pupil Premium please click here
Currently, we have x 35 pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium. This is 43.75% of our school.
How do we use the funding?
We target the spending for this funding to the pupils in these groups. Firstly, to ensure they are enabled to achieve as highly as other pupils and secondly to support the progress for these pupils so that is compares with all other pupils (and where performance is lower for pupil premium children then the gap between them and other pupils will be narrowed).
One of the most effective ways to do this is by that ensuring high quality first teaching takes place. Therefore, class teachers tend to work with these pupils closely to offer the highest level of expertise. Small group, scaffolded learning is used to target specific areas of weakness. Intervention groups are also administered (where purposeful and impactful) by the academic coaches. In addition, each class is assigned an academic coach who serves as their Pupil Premium Champion. This has shown significant positive progress over the last year and the pupils benefit from the individual attention and support received.
For our younger pupils we have enhanced the work on phonics and ensured our most experienced members are responsible for the delivery of systematic and planned approaches to reading. In Reception/ Year 1 we regularly use split inputs enabling a greater differentiation and personalisation of learning in the classroom. As a result, the class teachers are able to focus on one small group while the academic coach focuses on another group. We have also, recently, implemented the phonics scheme, StoryTime phonics, which is a fully immersive classroom experience for Reception and Year 1 children. This scheme uses a multitude of teaching tools including in depth lesson plans, videos and hands on apparatus to ensure children develop phonics sounds in context, igniting children's curiosity in reading, creativity and imagination.
In order to ensure these pupils have access to the extra-curricular activities on offer, we support the funding of these. We believe it is essential that these pupils have the same opportunities for extra curricular activities and sport in order to help them develop physically, socially and emotionally.
Please contact the school office if you wish to discuss how we can support your child’s access to extra-curricular activities.
Some of the work we do does not cost any additional money. For example, peer to peer support is an excellent way to bring on all readers - therefore, once a week the Year 6 pupils support Reception and Year 1 by reading with them early in the morning.
The important role parents play on a young learners' education cannot be underestimated, therefore, we encourage parents to come and help where possible (please contact the office if you have some time that you could volunteer).
For further information on Pupil Premium spending to date, for 2018-19, please click the link for more information.