Pupil Premium Strategy

PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY 2016-17

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between free school meals (FSM) or similarly disadvantaged children and their peers. We received £42,240 in 2015-16.

The first and most important measure for maximising pupil achievement is high quality teaching. We support our teachers in many ways, for example with additional non-contact time, and challenge them to be ambitious for children’s learning, e.g. through Performance Management Objectives.

Many of our families deal with challenging circumstances with resilience and positivity. Where problems are encountered however, the main barriers to achievement usually relate to one or more of the following:-

  • emotional issues
  • attendance
  • access to wider opportunities
  • parental engagement
  • and support

Emotional Issues and Attendance
Our teachers and support staff focus on the social and emotional successes and needs of all of the children in their care at all times. We hold a confidential Vulnerable Children’s File, which is formally reviewed at the start of every term, but also open to change at any time.

One element of this file focuses solely on attendance issues. We are prepared to respond to individual pupils’ needs where necessary, in one instance for example providing swimming lessons as a reward for attendance.

We employ a counsellor, who holds two sessions per week at the school to support children facing emotionally challenging circumstances (£3,420 2015-16). We have also paid for individual or paired counselling separately in cases of particular need, e.g. sudden bereavement.

We provide a Nurture Group that meets weekly to support pupils who may benefit from a boost to their social, emotional or behavioural needs (£2,366 2015-16). Pupils are given whatever help is needed to overcome their individual barriers to learning.

Access to Wider Opportunities & Parental Engagement
Every child in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant is given a Virtual Voucher of £100, which can be spent in a number of ways. In 2015-16 the vouchers were used to pay for Residential Trips’ costs (£1105), Wraparound Care (£492), Uniform (£426), Musical Instrument Tuition (£335), Sports Clubs (£332) and Day Trips (£73). The Voucher is continuing for 2016-17. Our aim is that every child spends all of their voucher each year.

We negotiated 2 free places from Kit Crew Camps to allocate to vulnerable children for holiday club places during each school holiday. The company involved liked the idea so much they offered it to all of the other local schools.

We provide free access to Willow Garden, the school’s wraparound care service, for families at times of particular need.

There is a weekly Forest School Club, for recommended children, which spends the morning off-site engaged in active outdoor learning (£1,718 2015-16).

Support
In addition to the support gained by the above strategies, sometimes we recognise the need to allocate additional targeted resources. A year group with a high level of needs has additional TA support (£2,474 2015-16) to assist with emotional issues and academic progress.

Additional Booster Group work led by teacher for one hour per week (£1,330) and TA/HLTA 2 hours each per week (£2,584) also allocated to support specific Pupil Premium pupils in Y6.

We measure impact in a variety of ways; through attendance, the uptake of the Virtual Vouchers, the low incidence of behavioural issues and by the outcomes of formal tests such as SATs.

The 2015-16 Attendance figures for Pupil Premium children ranged from 89.5% - 100% individually, with class averages ranging from 93.2% - 97.4% and an average attendance across the group of 96.3%.

In £2,763 was spent out of £3,100 allocation to 2015-16 Virtual Vouchers, representing a take up of 89.1%.

The next review of our Pupil Premium Strategy will be in the Autumn Term of 2017.


Our philosophy for the use of this funding reflects the practices highlighted the NFER report, Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils

(This report draws attention to the most successful schools having extensive social and emotional support strategies in place, with leaders who understand the link between attendance, behaviour and emotional support.)


More Info
Further information about the Pupil Premium is provided by the DfE on their website here.

Further performance data for the school is available from the DfE website here