Pupil premium funding was introduced in April 2011 to support ‘vulnerable’ children. The school’s definition for ‘vulnerable children’ is those children that are deemed to be socially or economically disadvantaged as well as those who are experiencing emotional difficulties or trauma. In many cases this may be children who are entitled to Free School Meals but the school is aware that there are other children who will be experiencing difficulties and need support. The performance of all children in the school is closely tracked but those who fall into the pupil premium group will have their performance monitored by a dedicated member of staff.
For the last financial year (April 2016-March 2017) the sum allocated to the school is calculated based on the number of pupils currently in school eligible for FSM and also for those who have received FSM in the past 6 years-The amount for this year is £141,000 which includes a 2015-16 carry forward. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings The school recognises that children in these groups have significant barriers (both within and outside of school) to their learning, the main barriers within our school are: missing prerequisites, emotional resilience and self-image as a learning, attendance/punctuality. We have used part of the funding to provide support for families and children from the school’s learning mentor, additional classroom support as well as a programme of targeted activities. These targeted activities may take place both within and outside of class and may take the form of individual or group sessions. For this year the targeted activities include the following:
- Tuition (1 to 1, 1 to 2 and small groups)
- Targeted homework club
- Clubs & interventions for raising self esteem, social skills and supporting transition
- Educational visits
- Focus adult for lunchtime intervention
- Online adaptive maths computer programme
- Counselling support for families
- Booster sessions for Y3,5,6 mathematics
- Specialist Y5 maths intervention for key skills
- Coaching to enhance and support teaching
- Intervention resources
Governors are closely monitoring the impact of the expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school who have benefitted from the grant funding every half-term. Impact is measured both quantitatively (through progress and attainment data) and qualitatively (through feedback, questionnaires and observations). Information on the impact of these activities in 2015-16 is published below.
The school last had a pupil premium health check in September 2015 and will have a review in 2017.