Pupil Premium Statement
St Columba’s Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium Funding: What is it?
Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
- generally, face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
- often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
Eligibility and funding
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in January each year from the following groups.
Free school meals
Schools get £1,320 for every primary age pupil, or £935 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
From April 2020 the new rates will be:
- £1,345 per primary-aged pupil
- £955 per secondary-aged pupil
Looked-after and previously looked-after children
Schools get £2,300 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan.
From April 2020, the new rate will be £2,345 per eligible pupil.
Schools get £300 for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
This funding is to help with pastoral support.
From April 2020 the new service premium rate will be £310 per head.
Academically able pupils
The pupil premium is not based on ability.
Research shows that the most academically able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are most at risk of under-performing. Schools should focus on these pupils just as much as pupils with low results.
Local authority-maintained schools
- all mainstream infant, primary, middle, junior, secondary and all-through schools serving children aged 5 to 16
- schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities
- pupil referral units (PRUs), for children who do not go to a mainstream school
Academies and free schools
- all mainstream academies serving pupils aged 5 to 16
- academies for children with special educational needs or disabilities
- alternative provision (AP) academies, for children who do not go to a mainstream school
This includes voluntary-sector alternative provision schools with local authority agreement.
Non-maintained special schools
This includes schools for children with special educational needs.
Use of the pupil premium
It’s up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium. This is because school leaders are best-placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use funding to improve attainment.
At St Columba’s we use a tiered approach
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality - investing in learning and development for teachers.
Schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.
This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:
- school breakfast clubs
- music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits
- speech and language therapy
Schools may find using the pupil premium in this way helps to:
- increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
- encourage pupils to be more aspirational
- benefit non-eligible pupils
Schools can spend their pupil premium on pupils who do not meet the eligibility criteria but need extra support.
Schools can use the pupil premium to support other pupils, for example, if they:
- are in contact with a social worker
- used to be in contact with a social worker
- are acting as a carer
|Academic Year||Amount per child||Allocation||Nature of support|
|2013-2014 Actual||£953 £300 service children £900 CLA||£14795||Teacher x2 - Booster Classes Teaching Assistant 1 to 1 and small groups Music 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 -2015 Actual||£1,300 £300 service Children £1900 CLA||£19333||PP Support teacher Booster teacher Music Tuition Trips 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.