Use of Pupil Premium funding:
The Pupil premium is an amount of money allocated to the school, dependent on the number of ‘disadvantaged children’ at the school. The government uses the number of children eligible for free school meals on the basis of parental income [this does not include every KS1 child taking free school meals under the universal free school meals programme] to calculate the amount of money provided.
The school is free to determine how to spend the pupil premium money, but it needs to have an impact in reducing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and other children.
In 2013/14 we received £57,480 in pupil premium funding.
During the 2013/14 academic year, we used this funding to provide additional teacher and TA time, to enable children to be taught in smaller groups. We supported free access to breakfast club [by subsidising the cost and providing an additional member of staff for increased numbers]. We added an additional member of welfare staff to provide support to a disadvantaged child with behavioural needs at lunchtime and purchased additional intervention resources. We also supported some disadvantaged children in accessing a residential visit in Year 6. The validated Raiseonline data for 2014 indicates the gap between Disadvantaged / others in attaining Level 2 at Key stage 1 has narrowed in Reading, Writing and Maths, and at Level 3 has narrowed in Reading and Writing. At KS2 the attainment gap narrowed at Level 4 in EGPS and at level 5 in Maths, Writing and EGPS.
In 2014/15 we had an allocation of £96,600
This allowed us to continue the activities described above and extend them so to provide additional teacher support in Year 5 and 6 every morning. We funded reading recovery training for a member of teaching staff and provided release time for this intervention. We also funded a significant increase in teaching assistant time to implement an individualised supported reading intervention programme. Raiseonline data [national data summary relating to our schoolreleased in Autumn 2015] shows that the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and others at the end of KS1 has continued to close. In KS2 the Raiseonline data document shows a widening gap, however the information includes a significant number of children with Special Educational Needs - when this is factored out the underlying trend is significantly better.
For 2015-16 our allocation has reduced to £78,320
We continue to provide support for pupil premium children via our successful supported reading programme and additional targeted interventions in English and Maths by both teachers and teaching assistants, including two new interventions aimed at the develoment of reading comprehension. Pupil premium money is also used to support attendance through the retention of free breakfast club places and has also enabled some children to access the year 6 residential visit to Robinwood activity centre.