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 – 2019/20

Total number of pupils (as at Sept 19):  37 + 7 in pre-school

Number of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium in 2019/20: 6

Pupil premium grant allocation in 2019/20: £12,860

Barriers to learning: Typical barriers to attainment include communication and language difficulties, social, emotional and attachment issues and lack of cultural enrichment.

Desired outcomes:

  • To improve communication and literacy
  • To develop social skills
  • To provide a richer, more engaging curriculum

How the pupil premium will be spent:

  • Intervention programmes and small group work to target academic standards (reading comprehension, spelling and maths and to prepare pupils for SATs) and social skills
  • Providing curricular enrichment activities, such as working with a local artist as part of a whole school project and with Cumbria Outward Bound instructors to promote team building
  • Liaising with secondary schools and in particular SEND departments to provide arrangements for extended transitions for Year 6 Pupil Premium children
  • 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 the use of applications to promote standards in spelling and the use of Ipad applications to reinforce learning
  • To subsidise access to extra-curricular enrichment activities, such as music tuition, trips, horse riding and the Letterbox Club to promote engagement and self-esteem

Impact in 2019/20:

There was 1 child in Year 6 eligible for Pupil Premium in 2019/20. This child made significant progress in the 3 years at Temple Sowerby, both academically and in terms of social and emotional development.

A detailed plan of support ensured the child was increasingly able to access the curriculum and cope with subjects and activities which previously would have been challenging. We worked closely with parents and had meetings both before and after school each day to identify and address any potential stress factors. As a result, the child attended a range of trips (eg to Beamish museum) and workshops (including a full week of cycling proficiency). Several meetings between staff at primary and secondary school level allowed many arrangements for transition to be put into place, however this was interrupted by lockdown.

Academically, this child was assessed on entry into the school and showed significant progress in maths and English, particularly in reading. Similarly, our internal tracking of children in other year groups also indicates that children eligible for pupil premium continued to make good progress and were able to access a broader range of extra-curricular activities offered. Again, interruptions to primary assessment during lockdown meant we were not able to assess fully at year end.

Pupil Premium At Temple Sowerby – 2019/20

Total number of pupils (as at Sept 20):  46 + 3 in pre-school

Number of pupils currently at Temple Sowerby who are eligible for pupil premium in 2019/20: 4

Pupil premium grant allocation in 2019/20: £7,725

Barriers to learning: Typically, barriers to attainment include communication and language difficulties, social and emotional issues and lack of cultural enrichment. However, this is less prevalent in 2020/21; instead, the main barriers to address are the wellbeing of children as they return to school, the need to quickly address gaps in learning caused during lockdown and the need to effectively prepare for any future disruptions to education.

Desired outcomes:

  • To manage the transition back into school and consider children’s wellbeing
  • To address gaps in learning caused by lockdown
  • To continue to have access to a rich, engaging curriculum

How the pupil premium will be spent:

  • Intervention programmes and small group work to target academic standards (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 the use of applications to promote standards in mental arithmetic
  • The purchase of additional resources to ensure children have access to their own Chromebook computer for use in home learning when needed
  • To subsidise access to extra-curricular enrichment activities, (examples in recent years include music tuition, trips, horse riding and the Letterbox Club 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 to promote engagement and self-esteem

Date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy: July 2021