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 2017/18 is £71280 and in 2016/17 it was £73517.
 
In 2016/17 almost a half of our pupils were Pupil Premium Pupils, while in Year 6 41% of pupils were Pupil Premium Pupils.


In 2016/17 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 enabled teachers to apply English and Mathematical skills across the whole curriculum and teach the curriculum in the National Curriculum year expectations. We have provided additional teaching assistant support in Year 6 focused on accelerating the learning of our vulnerable pupils.  As a school we received 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 decided to increase the amount of time our Pupil Premium Leader focused on the learning of our Pupil Premium Pupils. Mrs Cox was released from her class every Wednesday and Thursday to work with the teachers across the school to ensure all Pupil Premium Pupils' learning was maximised and identified barriers addressed.

In March 2017 our school had a succesful Pupil Premium Review by an accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer who recommended that our school shared our exemplary practice with Pupil Premium funding with other schools.

In 2016/17 all Free School Meals pupils in reception achieved a good level of development. 86% of Free School Meals pupils in Year 1 achieved the expected standard in phonics, above the national percentage for all pupils. In Year 2 all Free School Meals pupils achieved the expected standard in writing and mathematics and 86% of Free School Meals pupils achieved the expected standard in reading. In Year 6 67% of Free School Meals pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined, above the national percentage for all pupils.

In 2017/18, Pupil Premium pupils’ barriers to learning include;

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Specific Learning Difficulties impacting on reading, spelling and mathematics
  • Low acquisition of language
  • Memory difficulties
  • Speech and Language difficulties
  • Social Communication difficulties
  • Not practising reading outside school

After thinking about pupils' needs this year we have decided that we would like to continue to maximise the links between learning for all our Pupil Premium Pupils. Therefore, we have maintained the school structure of seven classes. This continues to enable teachers to apply English and Mathematical skills across the whole curriculum and teach the curriculum in the National Curriculum year expectations. We provide additional teaching assistant support in Year 6 focused on accelerating the learning of our vulnerable pupils, including a daily breakfast mathematics tuition group.  As a school, we will be receiving training on reading for fluency, planning a learning journey, pupil voice and developing the curriculum which will support the outcomes of our Pupil Premium Pupils.
 
Finally our Pupil Premium Leader, Mrs Cox, continues to focus on the learning of our Pupil Premium Pupils. Mrs Cox is 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 pupil premium grant is used effectively to ensure that the attainment and progress of the most able disadvantaged pupils match those of non-disadvantaged pupils. (Ofsted 2017)