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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds.  

Where does the money come from? Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.  “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to school is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website) The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent. For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

Pupil Premium at St Columba’s School We are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background. The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and to give additional support when required. Children are certainly not singled out or stigmatised for getting some extra attention and we would never label a child in front of other children for receiving free school meals or being in care. As a footnote to our ‘Charging and Remissions’ policy, please note any Pupil Premium children will not be charged for extra curricular activies (this includes school trips etc).    Pupil Premium funding was introduced by the Government to support Looked After Children, Services Children  and children from lower income families eligible for free school meals.   It is up to individual schools how they spend their Pupil Premium allocation since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils in their care.  Below is a breakdown of how the school has used its allocations:

Academic Year Amount per child Allocation Nature of support
2013-2014Actual £953 £300 service children £900 CLA £14795 Teacher x 2  – Booster ClassesTeaching Assistant 1 to 1 and small groupsMusic Tuition
In the academic Year 2013-2014:Children were all supported using the funding. There was no end of year KS2 data but KS1 PP children performed better than National in reading, writing and maths.PP children in Rec also performed well
2014-2015Actual £1,300 £300 service children£1900 CLA £19333 PP support teacherBooster teacherMusic TuitionTrips TA support 1:1

 

Pupil Premium 2014/15 –  The £20889 was used successfully to ensure progress in the EY from starting points was either rapid or outstanding. Phonics in relation to FSM/disadvantaged was above National due to extra provision. The value added for disadvantaged children at KS2 was significant especially in reading. Many children made more than expected progress, this was due to targeted provision, music, sport and boosters.

Targets for 2015/16 –  Funding : £33650

To raise standards in relation to higher ability

To maintain value added

Our funding is used to support the whole child. Interventions range from musical support, social opportunities, behaviour advice, self esteem and confidence building, literacy, numeracy. The money is spent depending on the specific needs of each child. Children are involved in the process and views and opinions are taken into account. There are limited numbers of pupil premium children in each cohort so it would be unfair to give data percentages on the website.   All pupil premium children (in fact all children) are tracked, monitored and supported in order to allow them to progress. Other funding for vulnerable children is used to provide targeted 1:1 support.

Actual impact of funding 2015/16

High impact in relation to end of KS targets: We wanted to ensure our disadvantaged children achieved higher levels. At the end of KS the attainment of our pupils was either expected or greater depth. Throughout the school a very large majority made expected of better progress.

We used the money to fund our SENCO to support provision, booster support and music tuition.

2016/17 funding is £34,740

The date of the next review of the school’s Pupil Premium strategy will be Autumn 2017.

We intend to use the funding in the same way as last year to provide tailored provision and music tuition. Barriers to learning vary depending on the individual need of each child.

Our funding is used to support the whole child. Interventions range from musical support, social opportunities, behaviour advice, self esteem and confidence building, literacy, numeracy. The money is spent depending on the specific needs of each child. The reason we choose the above approach is because it is personalised to the needs of the child. Children are involved in the process and views and opinions are taken into account. There are limited numbers of pupil premium children in each cohort so it would be unfair to give data percentages on the website.   All pupil premium children (in fact all children) are tracked, monitored and supported in order to allow them to progress. Other funding for vulnerable children is used to provide targeted 1:1 support.

Our targets are to ensure our disadvantaged children reach expected standard and are monitored and measured through data and pupil progress meetings.