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 2016/17 the school received approximately £90,000 in Pupil Premium allocations. In 2017/18 this will be approximately £85,000.
In the year 2016/17 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.
- Wider opportunities class music sessions in 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 – Attendance of pupil premium was 93.1% in 2016/17 which was higher than for the whole school.
- Music – in 2016/17, 65 children from Reception and Key Stage 2 have had opportunities to experience group and individual music tuition.
- Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – In 2017 60% of pupil premium children achieved a good level of development. This was the same at for the whole cohort. The national figure for all children was 71%.
- Phonics screening – In 2017 the percentage of Year 1 children achieving the expected level was 60% and the figure for pupil premium children was 50%. The national figure for all children was 81%.
- KS1 Assessments – In 2017, although overall attainment was below the national average, a higher percentage of pupil premium children achieved greater depth in reading and the expected standard in writing than other children.
- KS2 SATs – In 2017 32% of children in Year 6 made achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, there was a very small gap between the attainment of pupil premium children and others. In both reading and writing, pupil premium children made better progress than the national average.