The 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 approximately £89,000 in Pupil Premium allocations. In 2016/17 this will be approximately £90,000
In the year 2015/16 the pupil premium has been used in a variety of ways.
- Intervention teaching assistants in KS1 and KS2.
- Additional TA hours to support intervention programmes throughout the school and booster sessions for Y6 pupils with a qualified teacher.
- Support and advice for families around the areas of attendance and punctuality by the school’s Parent Support Officer.
- Woodwind instrumental lessons from Bury Music Service and wider opportunities sessions in Reception and Year 6.
- After school care for families in need.
- Support for educational visits, shows and visiting theatre companies to broaden children’s experiences, to keep costs down to ensure they remain affordable.
- Employment of a Speech and Language Therapist to support language development in the Early Years.
- Examples of impact include:
- Attendance – Overall, attendance continues to improve towards national average. Attendance of pupil premium children increased from 92.8% in 2013/14 to 94.4% in 2014/15. Currently in 2015/16 it is 94.7%.
- Music – 65 children from Reception and Key Stage 2 have had opportunities to experience group and individual music tuition.
- Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – In 2016 62.5% of pupil premium children achieved a good level of development. The national average for all children was 66%
- Phonics screening – the percentage of Year 1 children achieving the expected level improved to 70% and the gap between pupil premium children (57%) and others (74%)
- KS1 Assessments – In reading and writing the difference between the percentage of pupil premium children and others achieving L2+ (the in school gap) was only 8%, in maths a higher percentage of pupil premium achieved L2+.
- KS2 SATs – In 2015 88% of children in Year 6 made at least expected progress in reading, this was 4% lower than the national average but there was no gap between the attainment of pupil premium children and others. In writing and maths, the gaps were more significant and we have prioritised these for pupil premium children this year.
- Current Assessments – School data suggests that for writing and maths pupil premium children are making as much progress as their classmates in most cohorts in the current school year.