Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated in order that support is given to those children identified as being entitled to, and receipt of, free school meals (FSM) and children who have been in receipt of FSM any time over their last 6 years. It is also directed towards children who are Looked After (by the Local Authority), or who are under Special Guardianship and those who are adopted.

Pupil Premium funds may be spent in any way the school sees fit for purpose, so long as we are able to demonstrate that the specific needs of the FSM children have been addressed and how the additional, and specific, funding, intended to compensate for disadvantage, is being used.

We have designed a programme to support our disadvantaged children and to also provide some support to other children who are on the threshold of need, and those who may become disadvantaged for periods of time.

The funding supports disadvantaged children who need gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding filled, and those who are our most able – so that they may reach their full potential.
Our Quality First Teaching is the first offer to all children and is led by the teacher. There is extra support, given to the teacher and class to boost opportunity and experience.

The next level of support for children is our schedule of interventions which are planned for groups and individuals and may include our lead teacher and HLTA for maths and writing, booster groups, catch up groups, language support, learning mentor support and individual intervention as appropriate. We have tailored our offer to the children’s needs (and regularly reviewed our offer) and work with children and families in partnership to ensure that disadvantage is not a barrier to learning.

You can view and download full detailed copies of all our Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure Reports using the menu to the right of this page.

Responsibility for using the funds

Our Senior Leadership team, (Phase Leaders, Inclusion Manager, Deputy and Headteacher) track the progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium and compare it, (and attainment), to those children not eligible for Pupil Premium. The SLT works with the Governing Body to ensure the children have an appropriate offer and that the impact of the funds is of maximum effectiveness.

Working with children

We work as a team to identify needs and provide support and resources to boost academic performance, emotional responses, behavioural responses, self esteem and wellbeing. If we need further advice we invite outside agencies or professionals to work with us to provide either an enhanced programme for a child, or advice to us to better provide for a child. Working with inside and/or outside teams is always in partnership with parents/carers. We also signpost parents/carers to support they can access through other agencies eg the Sapling Children’s Centre.

We measure the impact of our interventions in the classrooms, in small groups and for individuals by tracking children’s progress from the start of a piece of learning to the end (we use ‘Target Tracker’ as an assessment tool). We also measure the impact of pastoral programmes using before and after surveys and tests (eg a ‘Boxall’ test). Well being and behaviours can be measured by comparing the number of incidents before and after a programme of intervention. In summary, the funding is used to raise academic standards for every individual and lower the number of emotional and behavioural incidents.

Progress and attainment is shared with parents/carers through meetings during the year. There are three Parents’ Consultation meetings over the year and an Annual Report to parents/carers. Parents/carers of children on intervention programmes are asked to meet with us more frequently so that we can feed back the impact, review provision and plan for the next steps.

Accountability for the use of funds

We are required to demonstrate how the funds are being spent each year. This is reported on annually and you will see the review in this section of the website. The largest part of our funds is directed towards support staff and teaching staff to lead Catch Up and Individual Programmes and to identify and work with children with Special Educational Needs, especially those children with SEN who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding.

We are required to publish our Pupil Premium information on our website and ensure that our spending is transparent. The detail of who is targeted and the names of staff funded is not published, but Governors have access to more detail so that they can monitor children’s access to opportunities and review the impact of interventions thus informing future spending plans.

Identifying those children eligible for Pupil Premium funding

We encourage all parents/carers who are eligible to register their child for Pupil Premium to do so – this is how we are funded. The funding covers more than a school meal – it covers learning and pastoral needs to. Although the Universal Offer of a school meal is made to children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 we still need to know who is eligible for Pupil Premium.

Parents/carers in Foundation, Year 1 and year 2 need to fill in a form called ‘Registration for Infant Free School Meals and Pupil Premium’. Parents/carers of children in other years need to fill in a form about Free School Meals. Again, this is the way we find out who is eligible for Pupil Premium. Those names declared are the ones we are funded for. We are only funded for those children whose parents/carers declare that they are eligible. Forms can be collected from the office at Reception (Woodlands). All information is kept confidential.

In summary:
  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all children in the school
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children belonging to more vulnerable groups, including providing for the needs of socially disadvantaged children and signposting families to other agencies as appropriate
  • Not all children eligible for Pupil premium are socially disadvantaged
  • Not all children who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for Pupil Premium
  • We reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any child or group of children we identify as underachieving or in need of pastoral support, this may include those struggling to pay for after school clubs, trips and visits.
  • Pupil premium is allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priorities – individuals and/or groups
  • Limited resources may mean that not all children entitled to have Pupil Premium funds directed at them will receive interventions all through the year
  • The support will be put in place for those children not making expected progress – we will aim at accelerating their progress and supporting children to achieve at least age related expectations in Numeracy and Literacy
  • Pupil Premium may also be used to boost the performance of More Able children so that they reach their potential
  • A range of different data, strategies and research will be used to make decisions about the best ways the funds should be spent for the biggest impact
Provision may include:
  • Smaller class sizes
  • 1:1 provision for individual children
  • Small group work with teacher or trained Teaching Assistant to ‘Catch Up’ or boost progress and attainment
  • Enhanced physical or creative learning opportunities
  • Time with Learning Mentors, Nurture group, external agencies, health professionals
  • Opportunities to join after school clubs, go on trips and visits
  • Enhanced curriculum sessions eg Forest School, special projects
  • Community projects which aim to raise aspirations of children and their families or increase a sense of belonging