Pupil Premium Strategy
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to school to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to school to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The Government believes that it is for school to decide how the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), allocated per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This is to ensure parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
Closing the attainment gap
At St John’s Church of England Primary School we pride ourselves on having high aspiration and ambition for all pupils, regardless of their background. We operate a no excuse culture, setting children up to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed.
We have high expectations for all of our pupils, and believe that with great teaching and a lot of love and care, every child can fulfil their potential. Some interventions are adopted on a whole school basis and are not restricted to FSM registered pupils only. However, the implementation of some intervention programmes would not be possible without the Pupil Premium. The majority of school strategies are targeted towards improvement in the attainment and progress of pupils.
A number of these key strategies are resourced from the schools’ main budget, including smaller, single age class sizes, some support staff and intervention programmes. We have allocated the additional Pupils Premium Funding to specific initiatives to support the most disadvantaged pupils. The key objective is to narrow the gap between pupil groups.
The achievement for our pupils is a focus for improvement. We are committed to doing everything we can to close this gap, particularly for our PPG children. Through the application of high quality teaching, structured programmes and provision we aim to eliminate barriers to learning and progress.
The use of targeted intervention is also important. Children who start with low attainment on entry will need to make accelerated progress in order to reach at least age-related expectations. It is also important that low attaining pupils grow in confidence and independence. Therefore quality social experiences, led by our Child Well-Being Advisor, can have a significant impact. It must also be remembered that there can be children who, whilst eligible for FSM and Pupil Premium, are not low attaining but may not be maximising their full potential. We must therefore never confuse eligibility for Pupil Premium with low ability. We must focus on supporting all disadvantaged children to achieve to the highest levels.
Funding is allocated within the school budget by financial year. This budget enables the school to plan its intervention and support programme. Expenditure is therefore planned and implemented by academic year.
As an inclusive school, St John’s strongly believe that no pupil should be disadvantaged as a result of background and ensures that resources and support are also provided for children who may not necessarily be eligible for free school meals or looked after, but who have been identified by the school as being at an educational disadvantage compared to their peers. This support is funded out of the school’s main budget. Programmes involving children who are eligible for the grant as well as those who are not are often part-funded by Pupil Premium, proportional to the children they benefit.
- We ensure that the teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making the provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for a free school meal. We reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources mean that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
Allocated Amount 2016-2017 – £133,418
This figure is comprised of Ever 6 Pupil Premium (pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals within the last 6 years), Post Lac (Looked After Children) pupils and LAC Pupils.
Summary of the main barriers faced by eligible pupils:
- Pupils who have suffered early trauma and experience on-going attachment issues - this includes pupils with emotional and developmental delay
- Delays in social/emotional/behavioural development
- Cognitive delay
- Medical conditions which can impact on attendance and thus learning
- Language barriers
How the allocation will be spent:
- Individual and small group time with the Child Well-Being Advisor
- Providing small group/individual interventions with an experienced teacher or T.A.
- 1 to 1 support with a qualified teacher
- Booster classes with TAs & Teachers
- Educational visits and workshops, including residential visits
- Extra-curricular clubs
- Training and support from professionals eg Educational Psychologists, After Adoption, Adoption UK, EqE, Catalyst
- Purchasing particular resources
All our work through pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress and breaking down barriers to learning that have been identified in order to move children to age related expectations. This will initially be in Maths, English and communication.
Pupil premium resources will also be used to improve outcomes for the more able disadvantaged pupils in order to diminish the difference against outcomes nationally.
How Impact will be measured:
- Teachers will use Personal Education Plans to measure the progress to meet outcomes set through EP reports as well as other agencies, and targets set within the classroom
- Evidenced based interventions - before and after impact
- Pupil Progress meetings each half term will inform impact on progress and attainment through class room interventions,1:1 etc. and will inform next steps
- End of Year standardised tests will also inform teacher assessment throughout the year
Review date - July 2017
It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff to produce regular reports to the governing body.
The governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents via this website on how the pupil premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘diminishing the difference’ for disadvantaged pupils