The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. Research shows pupils from less funded backgrounds that experience an increased level of deprivation or lack of resources often underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers.
The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children (LAC) and service children as indicators of deprivation, providing a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. The pupil premium is paid to schools as it is agreed by the DfE that they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their most disadvantaged pupils.
Please see below for details of the annual Grants that St Andrew's has received. The school's Pupil Premium Policy is attached in the document section at the bottom of this page. Also attached is the report for the financial year 2015-16 showing expenditure and impact.
Current Financial Year: Pupil Premium Grant for 2016-17: £64,860
So far 55% of the Pupil Premium Grant has been directly utilised within the Support Staff salaries with the remaining Grant being allocated as per the below plans as they continue to take place during the year. Our intentions for expenditure are listed below and at the end of the financial year the impact of these will form a full report.
As the Pupil Premium Grant continues to be provided we are constantly measuring impact and ensuring that the funding received by the school is used in a variety of ways in order to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning. Please read the below in conjunction with the final report for the 2015-16 year to show the correlation between financial and academic years and the continuing thread of progress from year to year.
Key barriers faced by eligible pupils
The school is characterised as having a wide range of abilities and a wide range of pupils from differing backgrounds. Some pupils will experience multi challenges from differing categories of need. The school strives to address all of these issues and to intervene where possible to break down the barriers for learning. The following list details the main barriers for learning experienced within the school and local community:
- High attendance linking to maintaning high levels
- Challenging behaviour
- Pupils presenting as 'not school ready' (loss of sleep, hunger, lateness, absence)
- Homework not being completed
- Limited social skills including difficulty in forming and maintaining friendships
- Inclusion in WOW experiences and/or school trips that have costs attached
- Class sizes that fluctuate due to village demographics
- Lack of motivation to progress
- Challenging family circumstances
- Pupils managing change at home and in school
- Access to the curriculum
- Understanding differing cultures and expectations
- Need for staffing to reflect the high need for adult interventions in the afternoons as well as the mornings
Aims and Plans
The analysis of the above barriers leads to the following aims and planned programme of expenditure of the Grant:
- Analysis of our data in the first year of the New Curriculum (Sept 2015) must now concentrate upon how we measure the progress or vulnerable groups as they strive to 'gap close'
- Aspects of strands of learning achieved to be measured within age expected outcomes and reported for acceleration and intervention
- Year 3 data to be further scrutinised now that is is in its second year of the programme
- To achieve a higher than expected level of support to directly support children within classroom settings especially as projects are designed to motivate and engage pupils
- To achieve increased adult to child time especially when class sizes are forced to be larger
- Identified small group interventions within the classroom led by either the Class Teacher or the Support Staff including pre learning and overlearning of key concepts
- Continuation of a Nurture Group for children that need extra intervention away from the classroom setting especially whilst working upon social skills. This will enable pupils to access the social aspects of learning and to integrate these pupils into classrooms again as soon as possible
- The PSA to work directly within the Nuture Group with parents and their children, especially in school time
- One to One individual tuition in English and Mathematics for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils targeted at fixing gaps in knowledge
- Regular support for KS2 children at homework club during lunchtimes and after school, removing the stigma for not completing homework
- Support for the reading passports, reading rockets and reading scheme - an ongoing initiative to keep a high profile running for all aspects of reading
- Daily Phonics interventions in Key Stage 1 - the building of a bank of staff who can work with children in targeted phases for phonic acquisition
- Purchase of additional support from agencies such as the Vulnerable Learners Service, Behaviour Improvement Programme and BIBIC to enable extended support for learning and behaviour
- Utilise new technology as a motivational force within school for research and knowledge acquisition
- New resources such as Nessie to be used as an interactive learning tool
- Implementation of a new tracking package and progress systems based upon the new curriculum which still enable the school to focus upon groups of pupils. Equipment purchased to be able to run and manage these systems including the quick reporting of progress and attainment for groups
- Support towards Pupil Premium children attending our summer residential visit which forms part of our transition to secondary edcuation
- Support for Pupil Premium children to access Wow project and topic inspirational visits to inspire our learners and add depth to their understanding
- Lunchtime club to engage with children in a creative and engaging form outside of the classroom and to solve lunchtime play issues in a highly supportive atmosphere
- Specific CPD training for all staff
- To provide support to families to help them remove barriers
As listed above, a full report of the impact of these aims and plans will be uploaded following the end of the financial year.
Pupil Premium Grant for Previous Years:
- Pupil Premium Grant for 2015-16: £66,000
- Pupil Premium Grant for 2014-15: £56,500
- Pupil Premium Grant for 2013-14: £44,739
- Pupil Premium Grant for 2012-13: £28,100
- Pupil Premium Grant for 2011-12: £14,190