Seven years after the introduction of the premium, the moral and educational case for giving additional support to underprivileged children remains as strong as ever. There are no quick fixes. So let’s not lose our nerve: the pupil premium is still our best bet in providing the focus and funding to improve the outcomes of our most disadvantaged children.
Kevan Collins: Education Endowment Foundation
Please read the information below which gives details of Pupil Premium.
Amount received: £11,880 April 2018 – March 2019
Our Pupil Premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our disadvantaged children. It helps to combat their barriers to learning and close any gaps in achievement so they reach their full potential and achieve in line with the other children.
We are delighted with the progress made in KS1, which reflects the hard work of all staff, good partnership working with parents and a determination to ensure EVERY child succeeds. All of our pupil premium children in KS1 made at least one year's progress in reading, writing and maths. 44% of pupil premium children made 2 years progress in reading.
Historically levels of attainment can be lower for some children who are eligible for Free School Meals(FSM) – this is a national trend. Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between lower attaining pupils and their peers.
Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. These interventions have had a significant impact on children’s attainment.
Some children start school in Nursery and Reception with low attainment and our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach expectations which are appropriate for their age as they move through the school.
In addition to quality first teaching, targeted support is being provided in the classroom through one to one and small group interventions throughout the school. These interventions support children in knowing where they are now and understanding what they need to do to improve their work.
We also believe it is very important to give our children a wide range of extended schools activities. A key objective for our school is to ensure that there are as many practical, first hand experiences as possible to enhance the curriculum, through well planned educational visits and visitors. This helps to ensure that all our children have access to high quality learning opportunities.
We aim to ensure we spend our additional Pupil Premium Grant on things that work and are effective in making a positive difference to our children. We regularly measure the impact of our Pupil Premium strategies and initiatives using a range of methods including:
- Pupil progress meetings that take place each half term which inform us of the impact on progress and attainment - to see how successfully we are closing any gaps and what next steps are needed
- Monitoring of interventions and the progress made by children
- SEND half termly meetings to monitor progress and attainment of pupils
- SEND support plans are used to measure the progress to meet outcomes set through Educational Psychologist/Sefton SEND and Inclusion service reports as well as other agencies
- Directly comparing the quality of work and progress in their books to that of the other children in the class
- Ongoing analysis of attendance and punctuality data
- Monitoring of social skills, emotional needs and behaviour
- At the end of each school academic year we analyse SAT's results and measure the impact Pupil Premium funding has had on those who are eligible.
Barriers identified to Educational Achievement by the eligible children:
- Emotional well-being and self-esteem
- Attendance and punctuality
- Language barriers
- Loss and bereavement
- Individual and family circumstances
The date of the next review of the school's pupil premium strategy is March 2019