Pupil Premium 2016-17
The Government introduced funding called ‘Pupil Premium’ as a way of reducing the inequalities experienced by disadvantaged pupils up to the age of 16 which means that it helps children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in receipt of free School meals (FSM) as entered onto the school census.
The Government believes that the pupil premium, in addition to main school funding, is the best way to reach the disadvantaged pupils who need it most.
“The Pupil Premium for disadvantaged pupils will provide additional funding specifically linked to disadvantaged pupils, with the primary objective of boosting their attainment… We will expect schools to account to parents for how it is used.”
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per Free School Meal (FSM) pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source DfE website
In April 2017 our school budget was credited with £1300 per eligible registered pupil. The figure includes any pupil who has been in receipt of Free School Meals in the previous six years of their schooling, whether or not they are currently entitled. Our Pupil Premium for 2016-17 was £75,220.
If your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, you should apply even if you do not intend to take the meals as this will enable the school to obtain funding to benefit your child and others in the school. School can help you to do this – please ask.
At Wellfield Junior School we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We know that Quality First Teaching (QFT) can, and does, help to close gaps in attainment. (QFT means the very best type of teaching that matches the child’s needs and supports their learning.) At Wellfield Junior School, to improve outcomes for learners vulnerable to under achievement we develop personalised provision that is linked to effective planning, good specialist pedagogy, Assessment for Learning (AfL), and appropriate and timely intervention.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that we legitimately identify as being socially disadvantaged.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
The range of provision we may consider include:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1:1 support and/or intervention
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained and experienced school staff, Teaching Assistants or external agencies
- Purchasing effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics.
All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations, initially in English and Maths.
Pupil premium resources may be used to target more able pupils on Free School Meals in order to support them in reaching Greater Depth at the end of KS2.
We will publish information on our website how we have used our Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
In 2016 – 17, we received £75,220 pupil premium funding. In order to ensure all pupils (including disadvantaged children) make good progress we have a robust and effective programme of intervention currently in place which makes reference to the performance by FSM pupils. The Governing Body agreed that the pupil premium grant would be used to continue to provide additional individual or small group work for eligible children who need a boost to their learning in order to reach their potential. We also use Pupil Premium money to provide a range of enhancement activities to maximise their chances of making the expected progress in their learning.
In the academic year 2016 – 2017 funding was used to:
- Employ additional staff to support Mathematics, Reading and Writing interventions.
- Enable pupils to participate in short term intervention programmes identified and organised for underachieving pupils and those with SEN by the SENCO e.g. spelling or reading programmes, social skills / friendship groups, one to one tuition, dyslexia tuition.
- Help provide and subsidise a wide range of enrichment activities including our residential trip to Robinwood and after-school sports clubs.
- Subsidise educational visits.
- Employ the services of a behaviour coach.
- Employ the services of a counsellor.
- Contribute towards the cost of a sensory room.
- Fund the services of an Educational Psychologist.
In the academic year 2017-18 the funding will be used to:
- Employ additional staff to support Mathematics, Reading and Writing interventions.
- Enable pupils to participate in short term intervention programmes identified and organised for underachieving pupils and those with SEN.
- Help provide and subsidise a wide range of enrichment activities including our residential trip to Robinwood.
- Employ a SCIP worker to work with disadvantaged families.
- Commission a Pupil Premium Review by a National Leader in Education
We make effective use of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit (checklist) available on the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) website which ranks the effectiveness of various strategies with regard to ‘IMPACT’, ‘EVIDENCE STRENGTH’ and ‘COST EFFECTIVENESS’ (Value for Money) when spending Pupil Premium funding on activities, interventions etc.
The checklist supports the work we have been doing in school around developing Quality First Teaching, effective use of FEEDBACK and CHALLENGE, and Growth Mindset theory.
Tracking and Intervention
The progress and achievement of all pupils is monitored throughout their schooling at key points in the academic year. Any pupil (disadvantaged or not) who is in need of intervention is identified and the necessary support is put in place at subject and school level. This is coordinated by the SENCO and Assessment Leaders through regular meetings and discussions.
Further analysis takes place to ensure levels of Literacy and Numeracy are secure. Any additional provision for any pupil is organised by the Deputy Head.
Resources and Staffing (through contribution from Pupil Premium)
Mrs. Nesbitt (Deputy Head) is responsible for overall coordination and monitoring of Pupil Premium strategy.
Additional resources are made available should we identify any particular barriers to learning for individual children.
The Senior Leadership Team routinely references analysis to Pupil Premium to ensure this aspect of narrowing the gap is achieved. Class teachers routinely assess the performance of disadvantaged pupils and implement intervention where needed. Teachers are held to account for the progress of disadvantaged children through half termly pupil progress meetings.
2017 end of KS2 SATS results for disadvantaged children
There were 16 disadvantaged children in the 2016-17 cohort. 50% of our disadvantaged children also had Special Educational Needs (SEN).
A Pupil Premium Review was carried out in January 2018 by a National Leader in Education. The purpose of this review was to assess our current provision and make recommendations which will enable us to use the Pupil Premium funding more effectively to further close the attainment gap.
Free School Meals
We have seen impact in terms of attainment and progress as a result of the Pupil Premium Funding. As the money is dependent on families claiming FSM it is vital that you do so. Even if you only claim the money for a short period of time the school will continue to receive the money for the next 5 years so please apply NOW!
For further information on how to apply for Free School Meals please contact our Office Manager, Mrs. Wood.
Further information about the Pupil Premium can be found on the Department for Education website.