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 2018/19 is £77425 and in 2017/18 it was £71280. In 2017/18 almost a half of our pupils were Pupil Premium Pupils, while in Year 6 74% of pupils were Pupil Premium Pupils.
In 2016/17 we decided that we would like to maximise the links between learning for all our Pupil Premium Pupils. Therefore, we restructured the school into seven classes and this continued throughout 2017/18. 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 continued with this principle this year but due to a falling role, we now have six classes. As in the previous two academic years, we have provided additional teaching assistant support in Year 6 focused on accelerating the learning of our vulnerable pupils in mathematics. As a school we received training on catching pupils in the moment to address misconceptions, using pupil voice, strengthening approaches to teaching reading fluency and developing the curriculum which will support the outcomes of our Pupil Premium Pupils.
Finally, the school decided to continue to maintain the amount of time our Pupil Premium Leader focused on the learning of our Pupil Premium Pupils. Mrs Cox was therefore 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 successful 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 2017/18 80% Free School Meals pupils in reception achieved a good level of development. 89% of Free School Meals pupils in Year 1 achieved the expected standard in phonics, above the national percentage for all pupils. In year 2 60% of Free School Meals pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, 70% in writing and 70% in maths. In addition, 20% of Free School Meals pupils achieved greater depth in reading, 40% in writing and 30% in maths. In Year 6 60% of Free School Meals pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined, in line with the national percentage for all pupils. Two out of four of the pupils, who did not achieve the expected standard, were working below the overall standard of the test (therefore did not take the test) and one out of four was absent for the assessment period.
In 2018/19, 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 class structure which continues to enable teachers to apply English and Mathematical skills across the whole curriculum. We provide additional teaching assistant support in Year 6 focused on accelerating the learning of our vulnerable pupils, within the context of a daily breakfast mathematics tuition group.
As a school, we will be receiving training on teaching lessons which inspire, motivate and challenge all pupils, developing strategies for teaching mathematics which enable more pupils to work to be working at greater depth, the development of metacognitive knowledge enabling pupils to understand that how they learn can have a profound impact on how well they can access the curriculum and further development of ‘catching in the moment’ and how formative assessment impacts on next steps, all of 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, working 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.