What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium (PP)/Pupil Premium Grant was introduced by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long term economic wellbeing between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven. However, the Government has a stated aim to narrow this gap in attainment and since 2011 has provided additional funding to schools to support them in so doing.
Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years (if no longer receiving FSM are known as Ever 6 children) and children who have been in care for more than six months. Currently schools will receive an additional £1320 for each child eligible for FSM or £1900 for those who are looked after by the local authority (Looked After Child - LAC). Children whose parents are employed by the armed forces receive an additional £300.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are aware of the extra support that is available to pupils who receive the PP.
How much do we receive?
As a school we understand that it is not only pupils who qualify for PP who may need the support from the school as detailed below; every child is assessed for extra support on an individual basis according to their need.
As of September 2019, 30 pupils out of 173 on roll qualified for PP funding including 3 pupil for children of Armed services personnel. This is 21% of the school population.
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What is the funding used for?
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. Appropriate provision is made for pupils that belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This will be through whole school monitoring of data, assessments and discussions with the class teacher. We recognise that not all pupils that receive Pupil Premium funding will be socially disadvantaged.
The funding is used in several ways at Captain's Close Primary School. The majority of funding is used to provide additional support for children to ensure they make accelerated progress in core curriculum areas and to provide key resources to support their independent learning. Adult support is delivered and monitored by a teacher and also delivered by trained support assistants. An enrichment fund is also available for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding, which provides assistance with costs associated with enrichment. This includes support with the costs of school trips, before and after school care.
Measuring the impact of the use of Pupil Premium
As a school we will endeavour to judge the impact of the use of the Pupil Premium Grant by:
- Tracking Pupil Premium children throughout the year to monitor their academic and social progress. Regular data analysis is used to measure the impact of the variety of interventions that have taken place. Pupil progress meetings take place termly to ensure that pupils are on track to achieve good progress in each class in KS1 and good progress in each year group in KS2.
- Carefully monitoring pupils with emotional support, these are carefully tracked to determine if the counselling and behaviour support provided is having an impact. Attendance and behaviour logs are kept to support the impact of these interventions. Pupils are also monitored for their participation in after school clubs to support their wellbeing and social interaction.
- Using pupil feedback (interviews and shared time in class)
- Details of the impact of spending, interventions and progress are monitored by our Inclusion lead
In July 2018 the school had a full Pupil Premium review - the following are some key strengths as reported in the final document.
Leadership and Management
Tracking documents show clear challenge from leaders in each cohort, questioning teachers and provision for children. The documents show numeric/level improvement following interventions.
The school ensures all pupil premium children have a Pupil Champion and staff make themselves available to mentor children at set times during the week. In addition the school employ an ELSA and also a specialist teacher who supports self-esteem.
The school is concerned about language development and engagement in English and is part of innovative programme with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The school’s strategies appear to be well matched to the barriers described by school leaders.
Class teachers monitor provision for pupil premium pupils from support staff/intervention teachers. The school Scholar Pack and Target Tracker also ensure teachers track PP progress quickly.
The children are set challenges on Mathletics and EdCity which both have tutoring elements to them to support parents to help their child learn at home.
Leaders make PP pupils the focus of their lesson observations and learning walks.
During the pupil interviews pupils were very enthusiastic about the additional earning opportunities provided by the DSAT MAT. One child had been to 3 pupil conference over the last 3 years in a variety of subjects.
Behaviour and Safety
During the learning walk children were clearly engaged with their learning and well behaved.
The school uses an online monitoring system (CPOMS) to track pupil behaviour and safeguarding which includes vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
EYFS pupils have been involved in a ‘Route to resilience’ programme.