Part of the funding given to each school is based on the number of pupils receiving free school meals, now or in the last six years. Our school decides how to use this funding based on the needs of the pupils and how we can maximise their learning opportunities. The Pupil Premium funding for 2016/17 is £73200 and in 2015/16 it was £74,050.
In 2015/16 a third of our pupils were Pupil Premium Pupils, while in Year 6 65% of pupils were Pupil Premium Pupils. Additionally 38% of Pupil Premium Pupils also had Special Educational Needs, a barrier to the achievement of some of our Pupil Premium Pupils. Other barriers include;
- Specific Learning Difficulties impacting on reading and spelling
- Low acquisition of language
- Memory difficulties
- Speech and Language difficulties
- Social Communication difficulties
- Not practising reading outside school
In 2015/16 we increased the number of teachers in our school using part of the funding. This enabled us to teach the children English and Mathematics in 7 Learning Stages in the morning rather than 5 classes. Within the Year 6 Learning Stage we accelerated a group of Year 5 pupils. We also changed the school structure so that we had six classes with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 being taught in single age classes. We provided individual, paired and group tuition to overcome pupils' barriers to learning in Year 6. As a school we trained on Visible Learning & Changing Mindsets and we thought about how we teach language through the experiences we give the pupils. Finally the school created a new post of Pupil Premium Leader, Mrs Cox our Assistant Headteacher. Mrs Cox was released from her class every Wednesday to work with the teachers across the school to ensure all Pupil Premium Pupils' learning was maximised.
In 2015/16 there were 6 Pupil Premium Pupils in Reception out of 21 pupils in the class. 76% of the class achieved a good level of development including 3 of the Pupil Premium Pupils. In Year 1 there were 8 Pupil Premium Pupils out of 17 pupils. Sixteen pupils achieved the expected standard in Phonics including 7 Pupil Premium Pupils. In Year 2 there were 7 Pupil Premium Pupils out of 20 pupils in the class. 6 Pupil Premium Pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading and Writing; 5 Pupil Premium Pupils achieved the expected standard in Mathematics. In Year 6 there were 11 Pupil Premium Pupils out of 17 pupils in the class. 2 Pupil Premium Pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined.
In 2016/17, after thinking about pupils' needs this year we have decided that we would like to maximise the links between learning for all our Pupil Premium Pupils. Therefore we have restructured the school into seven classes. This enables teachers to apply English and Mathematical skills across the whole curriculum and teach the curriculum in the National Curriculum year expectations. We are providing additional teaching assistant support in Year 6 focused on accelerating the learning of our vulnerable pupils. As a school we will be receiving training on catching pupils in the moment to address misconceptions, using pupil voice and developing the curriculum which will support the outcomes of our Pupil Premium Pupils.
Finally the school has decided to increase the amount of time our Pupil Premium Leader, who is currently Mrs Cox our Assistant Headteacher, focuses on the learning of our Pupil Premium Pupils. Mrs Cox will be released from her class every Wednesday and Thursday to work with the teachers across the school to ensure all Pupil Premium Pupils' learning is maximised and identified barriers are addressed. If anyone would like to talk to Mrs Cox about their child's learning please make an appointment through the school office.
The Governing Body is considering the allocation of Pupil Premium funding in the next financial year. The governors will consider the impacts of the allocation of funding this financial year when making decisions, including the impact of the Pupil Premium Leader’s actions plan.
The school uses its pupil premium funding well to provide individual tutoring and small-group work to support eligible pupils. (Ofsted 2013)