The Government provides extra support for these children through Pupil Premium funding. The following information is taken from the DFE website (further information can be found using the link) http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium/b0076063/pp)
- Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Barriers to learning
A group of KS2 pupils were surveyed (November 2017). Here is what they said about barriers and challenge for themselves and other pupils:
“Sometimes I find things hard and I get angry. It’s up to me to change this. I go out with Mrs Roberts to discuss things with her and that’s really working.”
“In maths I think of different methods in my journal.”
“I extend my learning by writing an explanation.”
“My teacher asks tricky questions. My teachers asks me to apply what I have learned to something different”
“When I finish my work I am asked to up level it. I like to think outside outside the box”
“In year 5 I always used to think I can’t do it but now I think I can do it. Miss Morgan thinks I can do better and she knows I can do well.”
“Talk about things with Mrs Sears to make our friendships better”
Our pupils that are eligible for pupil premium funding face many barriers that affect their learning and general development. These include:
Limited access to language
Poor literacy levels
Narrow experience of life outside school
Difficulty being self-confident and resilient.
To overcome the barriers, pupil premium spending is used to support:
Early years intervention
Extending school time (offer 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. as extended learning time for a majority of pupils)
Individualised and small group instruction (both responsive and planned)
Mentoring and behaviour support
Outdoor adventure learning (forest school and end of KS2 holidays)
Parental involvement (sessions for parents termly in all key stages)
Phonics (Read, Write Inc)
Small group tuition (planned intervention programmes plus responsive)
Pupil premium funding is used carefully and effectively to support the large numbers of disadvantaged pupils. A broad range of initiatives, including employing an attendance officer and a learning mentor, are helping to make sure that disadvantaged pupils make strong progress. In 2016, the overall progress that this group made by the time they left school was similar to that of other pupils nationally (February 2017)
Pupil premium allocation 2017 2018: 96 pupils £125700
Overarching aims for pupil premium funding 2017 2018:
1. Target the persistent absent pupils that are pupil premium and reduce percentage.
2. Close pupil premium gaps in attainment in reading, writing and maths as per action plan.
3. Support the wellbeing, good mental health and personal resilience of pupil premium pupils to reduce the impact of their barriers to learning and secure outcomes (personal targets) contributing to closing the gaps as per action plan.
Attendance and pupil premium 2017 2018
Attendance: at end year July 2017 for all pupils was 95.5%. Pupil premium pupil attendance was 94.5% (1 percentage behind all and 2.6% below the attendance of non pull premium pupils which stood at 97.1%)
Persistent absence: There were 20 pupils persistently absent in 2016 2017. Of these, 17 were pupil premium (10 girls and 7 boys).
We will focus on closing the gap for persistently absent pupil premium pupils and for attendance overall.
Pupil premium spend 2016 2017