Pupil Premium Statement

Pupil Premium Statement

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision.

What is it?
The pupil premium grant is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.

The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) and Looked After Children (LAC), as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals and LAC. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year of the course of this current Parliament. At St Mary's CE First School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for Free School Meals and Looked after Children as our target children to 'narrow the gap' regarding attainment.

The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and 'narrow the gap'. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compare with their peers. The government are requesting that schools submit online, how they have spent the Pupil Premium and the impact it has had on attainment.

School Principles
Every child in our care has individual needs.
Every child in our care is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his / her full potential, irrespective of need
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

How much pupil premium money does our school get?
In 2012 – 2013 the school received £5570 Pupil Premium funding. The Pupil Premium is given to schools in April as additional funding to support those children who are either currently receiving, or have received a free school meal in the past six years, and any looked after children. The total funding is based on support for 12 pupils.

In 2014 – 2015 the school received £24500 The Pupil Premium is given to schools as additional funding to support those children who are either currently receiving, or have received a free school meal in the past six years, and any looked after children. The total funding is based on support for 18 pupils.

Impacts Pupil Premium 2014-2015

Increase of 22% in level 2b writing attainment at the end of Year 2 Year 2

All PP pupils made expected progress or better in writing and mathematics. 67% made expected or better progress in reading. (3)

Year 1 PP pupils in reading and writing, 57% made expected progress or above. In mathematics 43% of PP pupils made expected or better progress (7)

Year 3 83% of pupils made expected or above progress in writing and Maths, in reading 67% made expected or better progress.(6)

Year 4 50% made expected progress or better reading and writing, Maths was an area for concern as both pupils made below expected progress. (2)

In 2015-2016 we received £32,510 in pupil premium funding. The Pupil Premium is given to schools in April as additional funding to support those children who are either currently receiving, or have received a free school meal in the past six years, and any looked after children.

How is the money spent?
We always talk to parents and carers of children receiving the funding to ask for their ideas on what will most help. Some children will already be doing well in English, maths or other subjects but there may be things we can do to stretch them further, to help them aim high, or to build their confidence – like having a mentor, visits to see outside speakers or taking part in activities to develop social or language skills.

If children are behind in English, maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have special small groups or one to one teaching. We call these 'intervention programmes'. At St Mary's CE First School, we choose the classroom approaches and intervention programmes that research shows work. Pupil premium funding is also used to subsidise visitors into the school and educational off site visits.



Funding 2015-2016

Intervention Strategy Estimated Costs
Teaching assistant support in year 3/4 £7052.00
Creation of a separate Year 2 Class £4000.00
Appointment of the Deputy head teacher as a school leader and year 3 class teacher. £9400.00
Appointment of year 3 part time teacher £7771.00
Visitors and off site visits £500.00
Teaching assistant support for year 2 class £3787.00

 

Overall Focus

Increase the percentage of pupils working at or above age-related expectations in Reading, Writing and maths. Achieve this primarily through targeted intervention which

· Improves the transition outcome for pupils premiums children to minimise loss between year groups and brings attainment in line with age expectations.

  • To narrow the gate between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers in reading, writing and maths.

Objectives for Pupil Premium for 2015-2016

Item Objective
Parent Workshops Learning Support for parents to increase their understanding of phonics and maths strategies
Dedicated teaching assistant Small group work within KS2 to develop reading, writing and maths skills
Develop skills in maths and English through targeted 1:1 and small group intervention Provide pupils with the opportunity to improve reading, writing or maths levels (as appropriate) Increase confidence Inspire a love for reading
Spelling and maths intervention Improve spelling and mental maths through targeted intervention
Intervention for phonics and maths High quality intervention for targeted pupils who need additional support with phonics and maths outside of the lessons
Resources Resources including ‘Toe by Toe’ and coloured overlays to support pupils
Extra- curricular activities Opportunity to broaden experiences and take part in after school clubs including sports and dance

Impact 2015-2016.

Pupils who recieved the Pupil Premium Grant this year made progress in all areas of learning. 77% made expected or better progress in reading, 83% made expected or better progress in writing and 72% made expected or better progress in maths.

 2016-2017 Funding £24,400

There are 18 pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant in the academic year 2016-2017. 54% of these are working towards their end of year expectations, 22% are achieving expected levels of attainment and 22% are higher attaining pupils. 

We aim to support and challenge all of our Pupil Premium pupils to ensure they have the opportunities to experience a full and enriched curriculum and make good progress towards their age related expectations.

All teaching and support staff are aware of the Pupil Premium pupils and their individual needs. Several strategies are used to support these pupils in achieving their targets. A large number of whole school strategies and resources are used to support these pupils, including:

For pupils who need support to maintain focus and bridge gaps in their learning. Reading skills are an identified area of weakness and therefore these pupils will be required to read more frequently, either with a member of staff or a school volunteer.

*additional TA staffing to provide classroom support

*small group interventions

*parent workshops in maths and phonics to inform parents of strategies used in school

For pupils who require additional contributions.

*assistance with the cost of educational visits

* support for extra-curricular activities

* more able pupils are provided with challenge materials to extend their knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the curriculum

This strategy will be reviewed in February 2017

Where can I get more information?
For more information about how we plan provision and track progress please speak to Mr Thorne (Deputy Headteacher) or Mr Swift (Executive Headteacher).


I am not sure if my child could have free school meals – where can I get more information?
Please speak to Mrs Cooke (school office) in confidence. She will be really glad to help you.

St Marys CE (C) First School, Marston Road, Wheaton Aston, Stafford, ST19 9PQ

Tel. Number: 01785 840314 | Fax Number: 01785 841463 | E-Mail: office@st-marys-wheatonaston.staffs.sch.uk

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