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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

 

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. In 2017-18, schools were allocated £1,320 for primary pupils and £935 for secondary pupils who met the government’s criteria. In addition schools received £1900 for all looked after children, adopted children and children with guardians.

‘There is little difference in performance between the cohorts, or between different groups by gender or disadvantage (in NRHS).’ ?            (QAR Review 2015) 

Pupil Premium 2017/2018

The pupil premium grant for the financial year 2017/2018 including LAC pupil premium was £56,277

The benefits of horse-riding for primary pupils are evident and it has been decided to use £3,000 of the grant this year to fund this activity again.

The literacy/numeracy programme offers one to one tuition for pupils.  We believe that if pupils can improve (and enjoy) their literacy and numeracy skills they are more likely to engage in all other areas of the curriculum, as well as acquire a life long skill.  For this reason we are contributing £30,000 towards the cost of employing a literacy/numeracy specialist.

We have also allocated £4,000 to cover the allowance paid for a LAC and Achievement Co-coordinator. This person performs a key role in terms of co-ordinating arrangements, specifically in relation to LAC pupils and ensures clear communication between all agencies, including the provision of performance and attainment data.

The school procures the services of The Tavistock Clinic who provide qualified one to one child psychotherapy sessions as well as offering support to parents/carers.  A small proportion of the cost of this service – £7,000 – is funded by the pupil premium grant. Please note our contract with The Tavistock Clinic ended July 2018.

From September we will be reviewing the therapeutic needs of the school so that we can provide a new therapeutic offer to meet the needs of the school in 2018. We have allocated £2,000 to provide in-house counselling/mentoring to a group of highly vulnerable pupils until we have a new therapy offer in place.

We believe that the residential trips have had a tangible impact in terms of social, emotional and academic development. These experiences provide pupils with the opportunity to engage interactively with each other and with the staff, also creating a better understanding about the value of teamwork. The pupil premium grant provided £2,000 towards the cost of the various residential trips across KS2-4.

We employ a music specialist one day a week in secondary; £2500 of this cost is from PPG. Mr Parker teaches Performance classes, 1:1 music tuition and has us all singing around the piano on assembly.

We allocated £1000 to outdoor pursuits and off-site sports activities to increase the range of activities our pupils can participate in. This has included rock climbing and weight training for the Girls Group.

The appointment of Ms Clemo to manage our allotment has led to huge developments of the use of this area for pupils. We allocated £1500 to purchase new equipment that children can use safely during their horticulture lessons.

We spent £3000 on new ICT hardware.

The balance of the grant was invested in a range of smaller scale initiatives and according to need, with an intention to help close the gap in attainment.  This included a range of interventions, such as providing laptops and additional resources to some children and supporting after-school clubs for others.

Impact Statement:

Analysis of our progress data shows that pupil premium-eligible pupils are making better progress in English and maths than their non-eligible peers. The impact table (see link below) shows that whilst Pupil Premium pupils have made greater progress than non Pupil Premium pupils across most areas, the differentials in levels of progress are as small as 0.2 and no wider than 2.8 across the board in English and maths.

These statistics have helped to inform the focus for the pupil premium grant next year.

 

Primary PP Impact 2017 18

 

Pupil Premium 2018/2019

The pupil premium grant for the financial year 2018/2019 including LAC pupil premium is expected to be £50,280.

As the benefits of horse-riding for primary pupils are evident and it has been decided to use £3,000 of the grant this year to fund this activity again.

The literacy/numeracy programme offers one to one tuition for pupils and is an ongoing programme, for this reason we have decided to increase our contribution to contribute £35,000 towards the cost of employing a literacy/numeracy specialist and an additional LSA to increase our capacity to support numeracy.

We have also allocated £4,000 to cover the allowance paid for a LAC and Achievement Co-coordinator. This person performs a key role in terms of co-ordinating arrangements, specifically in relation to LAC pupils and ensures clear communication between all agencies, including the provision of performance and attainment data.

The school is currently reviewing its therapeutic offer, following the ending of its contract with the Tavistock clinic in July 2018. In recognition of the importance of therapeutic support the school has chosen to put in place some interim measures for the duration of the review and up until the new model is implemented. This has included counselling in primary and music therapeutic mentoring in secondary. £4,000 of Pupil Premium money has been used to fund this.

We have allocated £2,000 towards trips.  Ensuring pupils take part in field trips helps provide a richer, more engaging curriculum.

The balance will be used for small initiatives and interventions as required as gaps become evident throughout the academic year.

The School will next review its pupil premium strategy March 2019.