Disadvantaged Children ( Formerly known as Pupil Premium)
Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school’s budget. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils In 2015/16 the school received £77,760 in pupil premium allocations. Indicative figures predict the amount to be £82,160 in 2016/17, however school records place the final figure to be approx £75,240.
Pupil Premium funding is used to help to fund a Parent Partnership Worker/Pupil Premium Champion to support vulnerable children and families. It is also used to fund Teaching Assistant hours to work with pupil premium children on individual targets, to support children to access the curriculum and maximise their learning and creative potential. Additionally monies are used to help individual children. This may be through ensuring that they can go on educational visits, access fee paying extra curricular activities or through provision of bought in services. In 2015/16 funds were used to buy in specialist speech and language support, a need identified in the autumn term through termly pupil progress meetings. Full time Teaching Assistant support enabled speech and language programmes to be delivered across school resulting in all children making excellent progress.
The impact of the focus on these disadvantaged children in 2015/16 was that at the end of Year 6 (KS2 SATs) 50% met the National Standard in reading, writing and maths. In reading 63% achieved the National Standard, 56% achieved the National Standard in writing and 81% achieved the National Standard in maths. Progress from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 was 3.6 in reading, 0.7 in writing and 3.8 in maths, 0 is the national expected progress measure.
The Pupil Premium funding will allow our existing support to continue in 2016/17. It will also enable us to continue to provide Specialist and Teaching Assistant support for Speech and Language needs. We will also continue with our morning Jumpstart Group providing an additional service to some families. Intervention is targeted to overcome specific barriers to learning and systematic tracking of progress ensures that these disadvantaged children make progress. School continually research the best ways to maximise the use of Pupil Premium funding and currently base most of our spending around recommendations in the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit (Sutton Trust document).