The Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium is allocated by local authorities, or the DfE, to publicly funded schools and academies with pupils between Foundation Stage 2and Year 11, on roll in January of each year, that are known to havebeen eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last sixyears (so-called Ever 6 Pupils). Each of these pupils attracted £1300 inthe financial year 2014-15. The grant per eligible primary-aged pupil is£1320 for the financial year 2015-16.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional totheir underlying budget, in a way they think will best support raising theachievement of funded pupils in comparison with their non-Pupil Premium peers within the school and nationally, whatever their academic starting point and potential.
Whilst we recognise that eligible children are referred to as ‘disadvantaged’ by Ofsted in reports, and on RAISE online, we prefer touse the terms ‘Pupil Premium’ or ‘Pupil Premium Plus’ because of theirmore positive connotations.
Pupil Premium Plus pupils are children looked after (CLAs) and areentitled to £1900 in the financial year 2015-16. Schools are nowaccountable to the LA Virtual School Headteacher for the ways in whichfunding is spent, so it may be held back until the VSH is satisfied withthe school’s plans in respect of each pupil.
The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us inachieving our overall vision.
Lacey Gardens School Pupil Premium
Context of the school
Lacey Gardens Junior School is a large junior school. The proportion children who are supported by Pupil Premium is well above average. The number of pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) is significantly higher than the national average. The number of SEND pupils is significantly above national average.
Data shows that the school population is changing and growing over time, with an increasing number of Pupil Premium children.
Objectives of Pupil Premium Spending
The Pupil Premium Grant has been used to raise attainment and to narrow the gap between pupil groups.
A significant amount of additional funding has been allocated to the school and we are determined to ensure that it has maximum impact. Analysis of internal and external pupil-level data, historical attainment and progress rates, and huge amount of qualitative data was undertaken to ensure that these funds are used to maximum effect.
We have also used existing researches and publications including those from the OFSTED Good Practice series, and findings of studies undertaken by the SUTTON TRUST to enable us to make decisions relating to provisions.
We have endeavoured to ensure that our phonics teaching is improved by ensuring 100% of our staff (teachers and support staff) have received comprehensive training. We also facilitated additional teaching assistant time to implement necessary 1:1 reading intervention.
We have sought external organisations and identified opportunities for children to have an enriched and enhanced experience of the curriculum. Investigative projects in mathematics, artistic and musical performances, and sporting experiences are just a few of the curriculum enrichment areas we focused on this year.
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1:1 support
- additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs or external agencies
- acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics.
- all our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations.
- Initially this will be in Literacy and Numeracy.