The Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is money which is paid directly by the Government into school to support pupils who qualify for or have qualified for free school meals, or children who are looked after. For each of these children, we identify a key, core area of learning in which they may need support or an acceleration boost. When we have identified that area, we then use the funding to provide the extra support.
The school has now established a ‘pupil premium promise’ to further enhance pupil premium children’s outcomes. The ‘pupil premium promise’ ensures that all eligible pupils :
- Leave Phase 1 having passed the phonics screening check
- Leave Phase 2 meeting age expected and are therefore at least in line with non-pupil premium children
- That by the end of primary school, the progress and outcomes for eligible pupils are above national pupil premium children and we are closing the gap between the school’s eligible pupils and non-eligible pupils nationally
Present data shows that every pupil eligible for funding has passed the phonics screening since its inception; all eligible pupils in 2016 achieved at least age related expectations in Yr 2; and 50% of eligible pupils in Year 6 in 2016/17 are targeted for the higher standard.
Impact of the Pupil Premium
In Phase One, our key target is that pupils who qualify for pupil premium funding pass the Year One Phonics Screening Check, as this is an important platform that enables pupils to succeed in Year Two and beyond.
To achieve this, our funding is used to increase staffing during phonics sessions in Year One, so that we are able to provide fluid phonics groups based on regular assessments, ensuring that children develop their skills rapidly. This has had great success, with every eligible child who qualified for pupil premium having passed the Phonics Screening since it began.
In Phase Two, our priority is to ensure that all children entitled to pupil premium meet age related criteria in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
As in Phase One, we secure this achievement through providing the right staffing structures -which may be staffing fluid groupings, or boosted additional adult support if pupils have any area where they are at risk of not achieving age related outcomes. For example, in 2015-2016, additional support was provided on a 1 adult to 2 pupil basis in class to provide subject support and increase confidence to great success.
Since the inception of pupil premium funding, all children have at least met age expectations (or equivalent under the old levels system) except one child with complex SEN who was unable, because of individual needs, to achieve age related expectations.
In Phase Three, pupil premium funding is used to support smaller class sizes by creating additional groups, by sustaining long term RWI groupings for pupils, or by creating more able Maths and English groups, depending on the needs of the qualifying pupils.
In 2016-2017, 50% of Phase Three pupils are working in a more able group targeting those pupils to work at ‘greater depth’ within the curriculum. This shows the sustained and substantial progress that pupils make from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.
Ensuring impact of the use of Pupil Premium funding
All of the children who qualify for pupil premium are tracked to ensure substantial progress, with the Assistant Headteacher with a responsibility for Standards chairing periodic meetings to monitor pupil progress, evaluate the impact of funding and establish new target areas.
Although the pupil premium is predominantly spent on academic interventions, all use of funding is determined by the needs of the individual child, therefore there are times when it is appropriate to fund non-academic support for an individual child, for example by funding an important school trip, or providing an opportunity to join an out of school sports club.
Governors in the Standards Committee scrutinise the spending of the pupil premium and analyse outcomes termly to ensure that the funding has a clear impact on improving outcomes for qualifying pupils.
Pupil Premium National Performance Data 2016
KS1 – 100% of children eligible for pupil premium met the expected standard a the end of Year 2 in Reading, Writing & Maths
KS2 – in 2016, across all subjects, our pupils eligible for pupil premium funding achieved higher outcomes that other pupil premium children nationally.
In Mathematics, children who are eligible for the pupil premium achieved a scaled score of 106.7, compare to the average scaled score of 104.1 of other children nationally
The pupils eligible for pupil premium funding made greater progress in Writing than other pupils nationally, with eligible pupils achieving a progress score of 5.66, compared to national non-eligible pupil progress of 0.