Updated September 2019
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. Our driving aim at all times is to ensure that there is no attainment gap between the outcomes achieved for our pupils who qualify for the funding and other pupils nationally and within the school.
However, where a child may need additional support to access school or their learning we will prioritise this first.
How we spend The Pupil Premium
We used this funding in different ways to best support individual pupils.
Examples of how we use the funding are:
- Additional staffing in their year group to provide small provision to further enhance our teaching
- Transport to school for pupils who otherwise would be absent from school.
- Horse Riding lessons to support socialisation and promote the social and emotional development of pupils.
- Payment for School Trips.
- Access to clubs so every Pupil Premium Pupil could attend a club.
- Access to IT at home through purchase of equipment to support home learning and homework.
- Additional pastoral support for all Pupil Premium Pupils through Reading or 1:1 sessions with specialist TA.
- Intervention groups to further accelerate core learning to target pupils towards greater depth.
- Specialist teaching groups involving Pupil Premium Pupils to narrow the gap between them and non Pupil Premium Pupils.
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 Mrs Jennifer DeLuca having specific responsibility for chairing periodic meetings to monitor pupil progress, evaluate the impact of funding and establish new target areas.
The pupil premium is predominantly spent on academic needs -pupils that qualify benefit from learning in smaller groups or having additional intervention to secure their academic potential.
However, funding is determined by the needs of the individual child, so we also use the Pupil Premium 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.We also employ a pupil premium support worker to provide weekly pastoral and mentoring support to the children.
To ensure that the spending is used effectively to close the gap, the school has a governor specifically linked to pupil premium to scrutinise spending and impact, and this impact is also monitored across the academic year within the Standards committee of the Academy Trust.
Pupil Premium Performance Data 18/19
Updated September 2019
Year R – No Year R pupils received pupil premium funding in 18/19
Year 1 – All Pupil Premium Pupils in Year 1 (2 pupils) passed the Phonics Screening. Funding was used to ensure this occurred and to accelerate a child to achieve gd in Reading. The premium was also used to support activities outside of school.
Every Pupil Premium Pupil at Preston Hedge’s has passed the Phonics Screening since its introduction.
Year 2 – All Pupil Premium Pupils in Year 2 ( 3 pupils) achieved at least one accelerated target of gd through carefully supported provision.
There were no Pupil Premium Pupils in Years 3 in 2018/19
Year 4 – (1 Pupil) – The funding was used to help one pupil with SEN, who found English challenging. The funding was used to sustain small group support for English led by a teacher throughout 18-19, to support learning at their level.
Year 5 – Five Pupil Premium Pupils – One pupil was supported to access After School Provision, two pupils were supported to achieve accelerated gd targets in Maths and two other pupils were given 1:2 support in Reading. One of which accelerated to age related outcomes with the other rapidly closing the gap after 1:2 support between September and December.
Year 6 – (1 Pupil) Specialist weekly 1:2 support from January-May to achieve gd in Maths and all areas in July 2019.