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. In April 2015 our school budget was credited with £1300 per eligible registered pupil. The figure includes any pupil who has been in receipt of FSM in the previous six years of their schooling, whether or not they are currently entitled. Our Pupil Premium for 2014-15 was £66,300. You will see how we used this funding below:
At Wellfield Junior School:
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- 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 Level 5 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 2014 – 15, we received £66,300 pupil premium funding. In order to ensure all pupils (including FSM) 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 2014 – 2015 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 Inclusion Manager 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 the provision of a ceramics teacher to all year groups.
- subsidise educational visits.
- refurbish the library in order to promote a love of reading.
- purchase new ICT equipment.
In the academic year 2015-16 the funding will be used to:
- employ additional staff to support Mathematics, Reading and Writing interventions, with a particular focus on supporting FSM pupils to securely achieve age-related expectations
- enable pupils to participate in short term intervention programmes identified and organised for underachieving pupils and those with SEN by the Inclusion Manager.
- employ a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher to support pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties who are working below age-related expectations.
- help provide and subsidise a wide range of enrichment activities including our residential trip to Robinwood and music lessons with a specialist music teacher.
- create a sensory room for children.
- employ a SCIP worker to work with disadvantaged families.
Tracking and Intervention
- The progress and achievement of all pupils is monitored throughout their schooling at key points in the academic year. Any pupil (FSM 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 Inclusion 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 Inclusion Manager.
Resources and Staffing (through contribution from Pupil Premium)
- Mrs. Nesbitt (Deputy Head) is responsible for overall coordination and monitoring of Pupil Premium strategy and is overseeing additional support which is closely linked to her role as Inclusion Manager.
- Additional resources are made available should we identify any particular barriers to learning for individual children.
- The Senior Leadership Team routinely references analysis to FSM/Pupil Premium to ensure this aspect of narrowing the gap is achieved.
- RAISEonline reflects the targeted approach through achieving parity of attainment between FSM / non-FSM.
- Class teachers routinely assess the performance of FSM pupils and implement intervention where needed.
- In Reading, 91% of children receiving Pupil Premium Funding in Year 6 made at least expected progress (with 18% making more than expected progress). In Writing, 100% of children receiving Pupil Premium Funding in Year 6 made at least expected progress, with 36% making more than expected progress. In Mathematics, 73% of children receiving Pupil Premium Funding in Year 6 made expected progress.
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.