Pupil Premium & Service Premium Spending
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Pupil Premium equates to £1300 per child eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). In addition to this, a further £300 per pupil is available to support the children of Service families (known as the Service Premium). This is designed to support Service children with Emotional and Social support in addition to any academic support needs.
How are children selected for support?
At St. Anne’s CE Primary School, we very carefully assess which children may be considered vulnerable to underachievement. Assessment data is regularly scrutinised to quickly identify any child who is underachieving. Additional support is quickly put in place to support these pupils, including via Pupil Premium Funding. Whilst the school recognises that children eligible for Free School Meals statistically underachieve nationally, this is not always the case and the school will not automatically target Pupil Premium funding equally towards all FSM pupils, as most achieve as well as their peers and some achieve higher. Additional support is therefore allocated on a case-by-case basis via SEN/ Intervention Provision.
What support could we offer ?
St. Anne’s CE Primary can spend the money as they deem appropriate to meet the needs of the pupils. In 2016/2017 it was used in the following ways;
Additional Teaching Assistant support: Appointing a TA to work with groups across the school allows the teacher/ TA to focus more closely on vulnerable children including FSM pupils in lesson and to target them for personalised support in the afternoon. By providing this additional support at the beginning of a child’s primary school education, we aim to prevent an achievement gap opening as they learn vital early English and Maths skills. For older children it is support provided to ensure any gaps do not widen and accelerated progress can follow to ensure the gap begins to close.
Booster Teacher: Working all day one day per week, our booster teacher works with small groups of children who have been identified as under-achieving (prioritising FSM children) to provide support to close any attainment gap. We also target higher ability children (prioritising FSM children) to ensure they are challenged to achieve at the highest possible level. Increased time was given to 1:1, 1:2 & small group intervention programmes for phonics and maths catch-up in KS1 & KS2
Activity Support: At St. Anne’s CE Primary School we understand the impact that inclusion in extra-curricular activities have on academic achievement and some Pupil Premium funding is used to subsidise inclusion in high- cost activities such as the Year 6 Residential Field Trip and after-school clubs which incur a cost.
1x Reading Assistant across the school (18hrs) KS1 & 2: Teaching Assistant who works with children across the school who are not having the opportunity to read at home or who may be beginning to underachieve in this vital area. She provides time-limited early intervention to close any early achievement gap as well as ensuring children are heard read regularly even if they are rarely heard read at home.
Parenting Support and learning mentor support: We look to provide personalised support for parents and children where we feel the intervention of a parent link worker or learning mentor/counsellor is likely to help the well-being of the child and family. We will also try to access or signpost specific courses and further support for families where we are unable to support in school.
Purchasing of i pads/computer equipment: iPads purchased to enable whole class/group or individual teaching/learning to take place.
Milk and Toast funded: Children have food so are not hungry during the morning which is a long session in the day, for some it ensures they have something to eat even if they have not had a breakfast before school.
Music lessons: Access to Peripatetic music teaching for all pupils who wish to learn to play an instrument
How is the impact measured?
The impact of Pupil Premium funding is measured in the following ways:
All vulnerable children (including FSM children) are closely monitored throughout the year via Pupil Progress Meetings. During these meetings all teachers meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team and discuss any child considered potentially vulnerable or underachieving and agree strategies to close this achievement gap.
The SLT (comprising core subject leaders) meet regularly to review the progress of all groups of pupils within the school.
The Senior Leadership Team provides data analysis reports to the Governing Body in Autumn (previous end of year results) and Spring (current mid-year data analysis), which include comparative data on the performance of FSM children against that of their peers.
A written report on the impact of Pupil Premium funding is provided to the Governing Body annually.
What we are doing in 2017/2018
We will continue with the current provisions as used in 2016-2017.
In addition to this we are:
- Developing measures to quantify the impact of some aspects of Pupil Premium spending, such as music tuition, Year 6 residential week.
- Continuing to monitor and analyse the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium children.
- Adopting (and adapting for the needs of St Anne’s) the procedure of identifying ‘vulnerable’ children.
- Class teachers will continue to carry out pupil conferencing to measure the impact of support and intervention on the targets for individual pupils.
- Children will continue to receive regular intervention for a shorter period of time supporting them in achieving their targets.
- We are part of the South Gloucestershire Pupil Premium Learning Community.
We will assess the needs of individual pupils and put in place appropriate strategies/interventions.