Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil premium (PP) funding is an allocation of additional money provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are at risk of underachievement; these include pupils who are entitled to free school meals and a number of other factors.

It is up to the school to decide how to use pupil premium, as school is best placed to determine what additional provision should be made for those pupils to ensure progress and attainment.

The funding for the 15/16 academic year is as follows: 

The funding for the previous academic years is as follows:

14/15 academic year is £321,100.00

13/14 academic year £217,800.00

12/13 academic year £134,400.

We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress.

PP funding has been used to fund / partially fund an extensive and varied range of projects. Below is a list of some of the projects we have been able to undertake to show you the diverse range of areas we have used the funding to increase outcomes for our children:

This year (15/16) the funding will be used to fund / partly fund the following new projects / initiatives:

  • Speech and language (SALT) to provide training, resources and time for teaching assistants to provide targeted intervention to support children with SALT needs.
  • Staff training to strengthen the teaching of writing in school to raise our children’s writing standards.
  • Bankside from birth to provide targeted support for families to ensure children are school ready.
  • Attendance officer to provide support to those children and families who have barriers to attending school.
  • School nurse to develop health education across the school, helping improve the health and fitness of our children, providing health advice and support to the most vulnerable families in our community.
  • EWAFL (Emotional, Wellbeing and Family Leader) – To work with children and families to help remove barriers to learning.

Some of this use of PP is a continuation of projects /work which we have started in previous academic years and we are fortunate to be able to continue them due to this funding.

These are projects / strategies which we believe are having and will continue to have a positive impact on the outcomes for our children and the wider community. These include:

  • Residential trip for our children in year 6, so they have the opportunity to participate in team building activities and other real life experiences to talk and write about.
  • Whole school and year group trips to enable every year group to have at least one school trip and for a whole school trip.
  • To fund the Family Support Workers who work with our most vulnerable and hard to reach children and families by offering a range of support such as nurture groups, parents groups.
  • Talk Triggers to fund author and theatre group visits to school to give our children real life experiences from which they can write and talk about.
  • To help towards the funding of Teaching and Learning responsibility holders who ensure we have a rigorous assessment process and can monitor the progress of PP pupils against other groups within school and nationally, ensuring that appropriate interventions are used to support those pupils.

 

How do we know how successful this has been?

Review of the use of PP funding from the 14/15 academic year:

Our Early Years (EY) results are on an upward trend with 43% reaching good level of development (GLD). Progress in EY has been significant and we are proud of this 43% GLD, especially considering our pupils very low starting points.

Progress across school is accelerated in all year groups with increasing average point score (APS) plus an increasing percentage of children at age related expectation (ARE).

Our KS2 SATS results this year show exceed floor standard at 78% achieving a L4+ in RWM combined . However, our progress results and value added (VA) results are very positive especially the percentage of children making more than expected progress. The VA results put school in the top 10% and 5% of schools nationally for various groups.

School attendance is also the highest for three years.

Click here to read a detailed attainment and progress report for Pupil Premium children