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Pupil Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

PPG Support Plan Summary 2019 – 2020

 

We are targeting the bulk of the funding available on improving wellbeing and academic outcomes for children in school who are entitled to Pupil Premium Grant by:

  • Staff being aware of the children and their entitlement, and discussing their progress with Senior Leaders throughout the year at Pupil Progress Meetings, in order to ensure that funding is targeted strategically to meet their academic needs.
  • Annual meetings with parents to seek their views on priorities for their children. These meetings are organised more frequently when appropriate, with both the class teacher and the Inclusion Leader.
  • 1:1 and small group interventions with appropriately trained staff (Inclusion Leader or Teaching Assistants under her guidance). These sessions include activities that focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills, social skills, mentoring and coaching - as appropriate!
  • Additional support from Teaching Assistants and the Learning Mentor in class and on the playground is also organised for those who benefit from it.
  • Resources aimed at improving attainment and progress for individual children are purchased, such as sets of reading books, books to read at home or specifically identified equipment.

We also use an element of the funding to enhance broader educational aims:

  • Nurture group provision is organised when appropriate to support children with self-esteem, confidence and independence.
  • Feelings Club is run to support children with developing resilience and emotional literacy.
  • Supporting children with social and emotional needs through small group work, art therapy, play therapy or counselling.
  • Supporting families with wrap around care such as holiday club and lunch club fees
  • Funding extra-curricular clubs to enable children to take part in a wide range of learning experiences at lunch time or after school.
  • Funding all workshops and visits for which parents are asked to make a contribution at school
  • Supporting families with uniform, book bags or transport needs: if we think it could help improve attendance, attitude or relationships, we are happy to help.

If a parent or teacher comes forward with a funding need that we feel would support a child, we are always happy to consider other opportunities. Funding is targeted at individuals and their needs: this can cover a very wide range and we regularly assess the impact of our strategies and see if there is anything we can improve.

 

Pupil Premium Grant 2018-19 summary

 

Pupil Premium Grant 2018-19
Overview of the school
Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Total number of pupils on roll  253
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 16
Amount of PPG received per pupil £1,300
Total amount of PPG received £20,800

 

Aim

  • To ensure that all of the children who receive the Pupil Premium Grant reach their potential and make good or better progress towards academic targets.
  • To support children with their personal, social and emotional needs..
  • To provide financial support to access a broader range of curricular and extra curricular experiences so that children enjoy a wide range of educative and cultural opportunities.

Spending 2018-19

  • Additional staff were employed to organise and run the Nurture Group for children in Reception and Year 1.  Working in a group of up to 10 children, additional support with key skills, particularly self-confidence and self-regulation was provided.
  • Additional staff also worked with children in Reception on specific identified academic targets: with a focus on either closing the gap or extending through challenge.
  • Individualised support for KS1 pupils from a trained teacher to focus on specific needs. This intervention focused on key skills – Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • Exciting monthly packages of books and games were delivered to selected children from the charity Bookstart.
  • PPG was used to support children in accessing extra-curricular activities at lunch time and after school.
  • Parents were not asked for any voluntary contributions for trips and workshops, as the money was used to subsidise these activities to allow them to take place.
  • Holiday club provision was funded where families would benefit from it
  • Other identified personal, social and emotional needs were also addressed by small group work, social skills groups and 1:1 mentoring from the Learning Mentor. This supported children with their confidence and helped them to develop a positive attitude to their work and their peers.
  • In addition, 3 children in Nursery were entitled to Early Years Pupil Premium, a grant of approximately £300 a year or £100 a term.  The funding was used to support children with appropriate resources to improve outcomes where a need has been identified: for example, equipment to develop gross motor skills, books, small world play resources, outdoor play equipment, and the school did not request contributions towards any curriculum enhancements.

Measuring the impact of PPG spending on outcomes

  • The cohort of those entitled to PPG in Year 2 continued to make progress from a variety of starting points: 44.4% of Year 2 pupils entitled to PPG met age related expectations (ARE) in Reading, 22.2% in Writing and 44.4% in Maths.  Children enjoyed a range of support designed to meet their needs, and some of this was targeted at social and emotional needs as well as academic targets.
  • All of the Year 1 children entitled to PPG made expected or better progress, and 100% met ARE in all Areas of Learning.
  • In Reception 66.6% of children achieved a good level of development (2/3 children).

How is impact measured?

  • The school evaluates the impact on each pupil throughout the year, in order to ensure that support is appropriate, tightly focused and making a difference.  Evaluation is primarily on academic progress, but also in other areas such as confidence, engagement or participation in learning opportunities where these are the identified areas for development.
  • Parents are invited to contribute in annual meetings, sharing their ideas on areas for development. 

Principles

  • Teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • Appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, including ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • Not all pupils who receive PPG will need the same level of interventions to ensure good or better academic progress.
  • Not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered for or qualify for PPG. The school will allocate support to any pupil or groups of pupils that has been legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Throughout the year spending is tracked to ensure that all those entitled to support are benefiting from PPG funding.

Reporting

The Head teacher will report to the Governing Body Curriculum Committee on:

  • Progress of pupils in receipt of PPG funding, and the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
  • the changing face of provision, based on impact assessments undertaken throughout the year
  • The Governing Body will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.

 

Anna Archer

Head teacher

September 2019


 

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