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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools to raise the achievement of pupils who may be disadvantaged through personal circumstances.  
 
It was introduced in April 2011 and allocated to schools for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
 
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit but are obliged to publish the amount of funding they have received and how it has been used.  Our Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed each October.

 

The amount for this and previous academic years is shown below.
 
Common uses of the Pupil Premium include paying for staff, enhancing the curriculum, subsidising educational visits and paying for uniform and equipment.
 
At St. Bart's, the funding has been:
 
2012/13  £14,952 
2013/14  £17,154
2014/15  £37,344

2015/16  £35,940

2016/17  £39,750

 

This a relatively small proportion of our overall budget
but helpful and has been used in the following ways:
2015/16 2016/17 to date
  • funding extra staff for in-class and individual support
£8,092 £8,223
  • funding extra staff in small-group interventions (including higher attainers)
£25,517.86 £17,600
  • funding places in our Breakfast Club for eligible pupils
£1958.40 £1802.50
  • funding of daily milk
£311.74 £277.42
  • funding music lessons
£60 £95

 

Impact over time:
Alongside our other curriculum and support provision, these activities have led to much improved end of Key Stage 2 attainment year-on-year from 2012 and 2015 where the gap between disadvantaged and other pupils has narrowed.  Analysis of figures for 2016 show that our disadvantaged pupils achieved significantly better than expected progress in reading and were in-line with national averages in writing and maths.

 

During 2015-16, we have developed the range of extra-curricular clubs we offer to all of our children.  As a result of targeting disadvantaged children, and their interests in particular, all disadvantaged children participated in one or more extra-curricular activity.  Almost two thirds took part in two or more clubs.  All of our disadvantaged pupils took part in our residential visit for Year 6 and many attend our Breakfast Club.  The vast majority of our disadvantaged pupils represented our school in sporting and musical events.

 
For our future plans we are currently using the following link as a guide when considering the best use of this funding.  Resourcing staff for Early Years, small group and one-to-one support will be our main focus alongside curriculum enrichment opportunities. 
 
If you believe that your children are entitled to Free School Meals, please contact our school office.  We treat all enquiries in the strictest confidence.
 
For a brief summary of how the Pupil Premium was used by a sample of schools in its first year, click here.

Recent detail:

 

Total number of pupils on role - 216

Total numbers eligible for Pupil Premium – 27

 

Barriers for learning

 

For children to make the best progress possible, anything that hinders their learning must be identified and addressed.  These barriers to learning can be due to issues in or out of school.  In our school these include:

 

a) In-school

Children who struggle with behaviour for learning, lack of confidence and poor self-image.

 

b) External

Home/school engagement, complex family challenges, an inequality of opportunity, lower attendance rates and lateness.

 

Curriculum focus of Pupil Premium spending

Our aim is to accelerate the progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium and to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. To do this, all Class Teachers plan specific interventions for these children for English and Maths. The progress of these children will be regularly monitored, reviewed and documented. They also receive in-class support for these subjects. Summative assessment statements for all groups of pupils, including those eligible for the Pupil Premium, are written regularly to show progress and to set targets. Disadvantaged pupils are also part of our ‘reading buddy’ scheme. They use a special reading area and an appropriate selection of books to share books with peers from different year groups. In Year 6, the children have interventions for Maths and English, some of which will be happening at lunchtimes, after school and in class. They are also taken in small groups during the afternoon.

 

Other approaches

All staff run at least one extra-curricular club. Children who are eligible for Pupil Premium are targeted particularly. They are also encouraged to take part in wider school events such as services and performances. We have a KS2 Production planned for summer 2017 to celebrate talents of all our children including the disadvantaged, improve their confidence and develop a positive self-image. Children eligible for Pupil Premium, if required, take part in small groups to support their social skills such as ‘socially speaking’.

 

Weekly attendance and lateness figures are tracked and individuals targeted to develop home/school links and communication.

 

Children eligible for the Pupil Premium have access to our Breakfast Club for no cost and we subsidise music lessons and our Year Six residential trip.

 

Impact of Pupil Premium spending 2015/2016

Our strategy has led to much improved end of Key Stage 2 attainment year-on-year from 2012 and 2015 where the gap between disadvantaged and other pupils has narrowed. Analysis of provisional figures for 2016 show that our disadvantaged pupils achieved significantly better than expected progress in reading and were in-line with national averages in writing and Mathematics. In Key Stage One, our Pupil Premium children make rapid progress.

With an emphasis on attendance across the school and working closely with the families of disadvantaged pupils, the overall attendance increased noticeably and many parents are now more engaged with this important issue.

Through increased staffing capacity, phonics teaching throughout Lower School is now streamed and extended into Key Stage 2. The needs of the children are now being met in a more precise way and reading confidence has increased.

Targeted support from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language team, Silverdale Primary ARP and CAMHS, helped disadvantaged pupils throughout the school with their personal needs and issues leading to increased focus and progress.

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