Pupil premium at our school in 2017/18
Our school received just £3960 of pupil premium for the last school year.
The funding was used as follows:
£2200 contribution towards additional classroom teaching support hours, to provide additional time for targeted support for individuals/small group
£850 contribution towards the cost of additional numeracy intervention classes
£660 towards cost of additional teaching, learning and assessment resources
£250 towards the cost of after school clubs
The school is pleased to report good progress for our pupils who attract pupil premium. In the fifteen areas where pupils are assessed against national expectations, five are already fully met and a further six are working within the standards. In only four areas is work still of a standard where pupils are working towards the age-related national expectations. At the end of 2016/17 there were eight areas where children were still working towards age-related national expectations and all pupils involved can be seen to be further ahead than the same time last year. Pupil premium has helped ensure good progress for the children concerned.
What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
This is based on research showing that low-income income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium fund include:
· Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
· Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
· Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
· Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
· Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation for NC tests.
· Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
· Funding educational trips and visits.
· Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
· Funding English classes for children who speak another language at home.
· Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths.
Pupil premium at our school 2018/19
The school has received £3210 of pupil premium funding for 2018/19. The plan for the use of this funding is as follows:
|£2200||Additional classroom support hours||Children will benefit from the additional individual and small-group time they will receive. This can be targeted to ensure that they receive the specific help they need with individual topics and skills|
|Additional numeracy catch-up classes||Catch-up classes can be aimed at providing very specific additional time and help with a qualified teacher|
|£210||To fund additional extra-curricular activities||It is important for children to be excited about, and engaged with, school and extra-curricular activities can help stimulate and motivate the children to be positive and involved. This funding can help make this happen|
|£660||To purchase additional numeracy resources that support pupils that are
still working towards expected levels
|Pupils will benefit from use, both within school and at home, of educational resources which support and develop learning|
Overall Intended Impact
That all pupils who attract pupil premium funding to the school, achieve at least expected standards in literacy and numeracy, and at a level in line with other pupils. As with all children, we want these pupils to enjoy their schooling and thrive at the school, and we will attempt to use the pupil premium funding to help ensure that the children concerned are not disadvantaged at school.
The school will report on the actual impact of the use of this funding in July/August 2019. Governors have to approve the final report which is based upon the end of school year pupil assessments.
As the school is only a small one, we are careful to try to make these reports fit statutory requirements but in a way that does not identify individual children. If any parent has any concerns or questions about the use of pupil premium then they should feel welcome to contact the Head Teacher.