The Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced in April 2011 and is a sum of money allocated to schools to help them close the attainment gap between those children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. The pupil premium is additional to the main school funding and will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between our children, ensuring that the funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
Objective for Pupil Premium in this School
The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for those pupils that experience inequalities of provision due to financial constraints. The funding will be used to narrow the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it the most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and young lives.
The Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact.
Strategy for using the Funding
At Moreton C of E Primary School we regularly meet as a SLT to discuss the needs of our pupils and have decided on the following intervention strategies.
Providing small group intervention for pupils entitled to pupil premium focussed on overcoming gaps in learning to help them make improved progress and to raise their standard of achievement.
To provide a Forest School to help children experience a non-academic approach targeted towards raising self esteem, resilience and risk analysis. These skills can then be replicated back in the classroom and so enable academic progress.
Funding Learning Mentors training, these TA’s are trained to help individuals overcome their social and emotional barriers to learning.
Through our Local Delivery Group we fund 3 Relate counsellors that are experienced in dealing with children with more serious emotional issues usually caused through bereavement, divorce or general problems at home. The school’s membership to this group is partially funded through the PP.
As a school we run numerous extra-curricular clubs, trips and residential visits. We do not want any child to miss out on these opportunities due to lack of funds from home. As a SLT we have decided to allocate a portion of the PP to enable our disadvantaged children to access these experiences.
Each year we purchase revision guides for our Year 6’s. Parents are asked to contribute to the cost of these guides. To ensure every child has the same opportunity to access these revision guides, extra copies are purchased with PP.
Impact of these Strategies
TA’s for interventions in small group work. Of the children identified as needing this type of work all have made at least expected progress and some have made accelerated progress.
Forest School groups have been operational since May 2016. So far we have targeted 8 children, all these children have made significant progress.
Our Learning Mentors have worked with over 10 children in the last academic year, all of whom are now finding their lessons easier to focus upon, they know there is someone ready to listen to them when they need support.
The children of families which have been supported by Relate made good progress last year and in some cases accelerated progress.
By supporting these children at their clubs we are widening their experiences and increasing their self esteem, all of which has had a knock on effect in the classroom.
The impact of the revision guides last year meant that 50% of the pupil premium children reached the expected standard and all the PP children made more than expected progress.
Financial year 2016/17 £ £
TA support 15,000.00
Forest School 5,791.00
Mentoring Course 3,325.00
Dance club 28.00
Revision Guides 40.50
School Trips 357.00
Pupil Premium income 31,543.00
Financial year 2017/18 £ £ £
Budget Income 36,971.00
Learning Mentor/ 6,000.00
SEN Support 18,603.00
Budget Allocations remaining
Dance club 40.00
Revision Guides 50.00
Music Tuition 150.00
School Trips 400.00
Contingency Balance 4,451.50