What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to help schools which must be used to support children from low income and other disadvantaged families. This is because national statistical evidence shows that it is these children which form the majority of those pupils who may not succeed in education and whose adult life chances may then be seriously affected.
Pupil Premium funding is primarily aimed at children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). This includes any child who has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years. Funding also covers children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months, while a smaller “Service Premium” has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving with the armed forces.
Each school is free to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium allocated to it, but every school is expected to use the funding to help close any gaps in attainment between eligible pupils and their peers. Schools are held accountable for this by publishing details of their allocation and their plans for expenditure. Schools must also provide a statement for parents and outside agencies confirming previous allocations, expenditure and the impact which this has had.
Pupil Premium At Temple Sowerby – 2015/16
Pupil premium grant allocation in 2015/16: £3,900
How this was spent in 2015/16: At Temple Sowerby CE School the Pupil Premium funding we receive for specific pupils is allocated to provide support across the curriculum. The aim is to ensure these pupils make good progress. We use it to: fund extra support in the classroom; allow the delivery of intervention programmes; subsidise music tuition; subsidise school visits which enhance specific areas of the curriculum.
Pupil Premium is used to maintain staffing levels allowing us to provide targeted support in small group work. We do not solely look at the academic achievement of pupils but the whole child. Therefore some funding is allocated to a member of staff regarding the development of circle time activities. We also look at supporting pupils who are not possibly achieving their full potential by part funding specialist intervention programmes, for example, Reading Intervention and Speech and Language. This will make a difference to the achievement of these pupils, but more importantly improve their self-esteem regarding their own ability.
Impact in 2015/16: There were no children in Year 6 eligible for Pupil Premium in 2015/16. However, historical data from Raiseonline indicates that disadvantaged children at Temple Sowerby made significantly better progress than national figures in terms of value added scores in 2015 (105.0 compared to national figures of 99.7).
Internal tracking indicates that the one child eligible in 2015/16 made good progress in reading. PIRA reading assessments showed an increase in reading age from <7.4 to 8.10, an increase of 16 months. This child also has access to music tuition and attends annual residentials.
Pupil Premium At Temple Sowerby – 2016/17
Total number of pupils: 44
Number of pupils currently at Temple Sowerby who are eligible for pupil premium in 2016/17: 2
Pupil premium grant allocation in 2016/17: £3,960
Barriers to learning: Typical barriers to attainment include communication and language difficulties and lack of cultural enrichment.
- To improve communication and literacy
- To provide a richer, more engaging curriculum
How the pupil premium will be spent:
- Intervention programmes and small group work to target reading comprehension, spelling and maths and to prepare pupils for SATs
- Ensure pupils take part in field trips to provide a richer, more engaging curriculum and better understanding of subsequent class teaching
- To provide opportunities for children to be supported through ICT, such as Lexia online tutoring to promote standards in reading and spelling and the use of Ipad applications to reinforce learning
- To subsidise access to extra-curricular enrichment activities, such as music tuition and trips, to promote engagement and self-esteem
How its impact will be measured:
- Baseline and end of year testing will identify in-year progress
- Eligible children access positive educational experiences and enrichment opportunities
Date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy: July 2017