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Our Pupil Premium Strategy

 

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), or have been at any point over the last 6 years (Ever 6).

The PPG is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and more affluent peers. The PPG also provides funding for children who have been looked after (at any time) for more than 6 months, and children of services personnel.

As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have been shown to have consistently lower attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.

How does this affect our school?

Although we are a small school in a rural area, we are usually oversubscribed and so our catchment area is quite wide. As a result, the number of pupil premium pupils in the school can vary dramatically - currently we only have a very small handful of eligible children, significantly below the national average.

Because of the small numbers we are able to know the children very well as individuals. This enables us to closely monitor their progress and provide support that is tailored specifically for each child. This support may be educational, emotional, social or financial.

Identifying issues:

• The Reception class teacher meets with both feeder Early Years establishments and parents prior to pupils’ arrival in school, which enables any issues to be highlighted as soon as possible

• Pupils who transfer from other schools have a Baseline For New Entrants Assessment completed upon arrival at the school, and any issues are discussed with parents at the earliest possible date

• Information from previous educational establishments is always sought

PPG Funding.

The DfE allocates PPG to schools based on pupil numbers on the January school census each year, at a rate of:

• £1,320 per pupil for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6

One challenge schools face is that funding is based upon the number of eligible pupils on roll during the calendar year. Obviously there are changes to these numbers owing to movements at the end of and during each academic year. This is especially challenging for our school since we have had a lot of movement of PPG entitled pupils throughout the course of the year. Additionally funding is received in the financial year


The table below shows the way PPG funding for was allocated in our school for the last academic year.

At the end of the academic year 2017-18, we had 10 PPG children. Seven of our current eight children eligible for PPG, arrived at school within the last year.

Measuring impact (Academic year 2017/18)

• OTrack, our data tracking system, provides useful data for tracking academic progress, combined with scrutiny of children’s work and evidence in intervention folders. This happens half termly, and interventions are reviewed accordingly

• Personal Intervention Plans (PIPs for SEND PPG children, and DPIPs for non-SEND PPG children) are reviewed termly with parents, teachers and TAs and these reviews provide targets for future interventions

• Governors receive regular updates on progress of pupil premium children and the impact of the PPG fundings

• Evidence shows all our PPG entitled children made some good progress in at least subject or aspect

Staff are involved in discussing pupil progress via weekly SEND meetings (SENDCO and TAs who are also involved in delivering interventions); SEND/PPG meetings with Governors (Curriculum committee meetings); and regular meetings with parents to discuss interventions in place and next steps. Any parents who are harder to reach are encouraged to come in by being involved in activities such as weekly Sharing Assemblies, helping on school trips, being invited to coffee mornings on the first day of each term or coming in to share activity days with their children in class.

School VisitWe ensure that reading records and work in children’s books provides evidence at an individual level. OTrack tracks progress formatively every day, based upon teachers assessments against every objective.

Of course, data alone does not provide a whole picture of the child, and so teacher and TA knowledge of progress is an important part of our monitoring progress. This might be in relation to specific behavioural or social issues as well as academic progress.

7 of the 10 children were on the SEND register and were supported through their PIPs (Personal Intervention Plans). The remaining pupils had DPIPs (Disadvantaged Pupil Intervention Plans). Areas of need are identified on these plans and targets set and reviewed on a termly basis. Interventions are put in place and progress is tracked and reviewed to assess their effectiveness. (See T/A Intervention folders and Termly PPG Interventions sheets)

 

Examples of Impact of PPG funding (Academic year 2017-18)

Issue
Action taken
Impact
Evidence base

PPG children not making enough progress in reading

Purchase and consistent use of AR for individual reading comprehension work

PPG children as a group have made average accelerated progress of >1 year in their reading ages.

(one child made 3 years and 3 months progress)

AR test results

 

Behavioural / emotional support for one KS2 child

Dedicated TA in-class support 3 mornings per week

Began the year with a temporary timetable and three exclusions. With intensive interventions, and using some PPG and SEND funding, this child was able to achieve ARE in reading, maths and GPS in Y6 SATs.

Behaviour logs

PIPs

Pupil data

 

Behavioural / emotional support for one KS1 child

Dedicated TA in class to support with severe detachment issues in the mornings

Began the year needing daily support to come into the class. Child now comes into school happily on >90% of occasions since January 2018

Behaviour logs

Staff and parent feedback

Specific children unable to access online support materials for Maths and Phonics (no online access at home)

Paper homework provided, and also opportunities to access programs in school.

Children have access to engaging homework activities which supports their learning in school.
88% of PPG pupils now complete their homework regularly

Staff records

Certain children unable to access before school/after school clubs

Financial support given

New lunchtime clubs set up

50% PPG pupil sign up for clubs

Club records

Some children unable to participate in school trips

Financial support given

All PPG children have been able to attend class trips this year (unless sick), and we supported two children’s attendance at a week-long residential

Trip registers

 

Details of PPG planned spending (Academic year 2018-19)

Total number of pupils on roll (Sep-18)

142

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (Sep-18)

9

Amount of PPG per pupil (2018-19)

£1,320

Total amount of PPG (based on 9 children in Sep-18)

£10,560

Small group and other 1:1 provision by three TAs

£5,828

1:1 support and small group teaching by dedicated TA

£1,499

Accelerated Reader Programme (third of 3-year subscription)

£1,816

Website subscriptions for phonics/mathematics/reading and SPAG

£534

Allocation to assist with club participation

£360

Allocation to cover estimated costs of trips

£480

TOTAL

£10,516

 

This strategy is reviewed early in each autumn term.

 

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