What is it?
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding, provided to schools, to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those now adopted but formerly looked after. Since 2012, funding has been extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals, at any time, within the last 6 years.
Nationally, statistics have shown that students who are in receipt of FSM do less well than their peers in external exams. The aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap. All schools are required to publish, on their websites, what funding they have received and how the money is being spent. Please refer below for details of how we spend the Pupil Premium at All Souls Primary School.
Use of Pupil Premium Funding
Pupil Premium funding comes directly into school. It is based on the number of children registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), at the moment and in the past six years, together with the number of pupils who are either currently ‘looked after’ or formerly ‘looked after’ and now adopted. It is not, in any way, assumed that all children eligible for the Pupil Premium are low-attaining or making poor progress. We consider how best to support the learning, and access, to all aspects of education for all categories of children, including those that are higher attaining in addition to those who have barriers to their learning.
Potential barriers faced by eligible children - Eligible pupils may face some of the following challenges:
- Barriers to learning in one or more curriculum area which may or may not result from a Special Educational Need.
- Lack of self-confidence or self-esteem in learning.
- Difficulties with making friends and establishing secure relationships with adults.
- A lack of resources to engage fully with the wider life of the school, including extra-curricular clubs, educational visits, instrumental tuition et.c.
- Families may need support for a number of different reasons some of which may affect their capacity to support children’s learning at home.
How We Measure Impact - We assess the impact of our interventions in the following ways:
- Progress in learning measured against EYFS or National Curriculum developmental or age-related milestones;
- Progress in specifically targeted areas such as reading, spelling and numeracy using standardised assessments;
- Progress in phonics and spelling against age related expectations in terms of numbers of sounds and words encoded and decoded accurately; ##
Pupil Premium funding received for the academic year 2020-21 was £89,772
How this funding was spent:
Action 1: To continue with the additional teacher (x5 hrs per week) to stream in maths in Y6 (2 terms) and then Y5 ( 1 term) in order to to further raise, the attainment and progress made by pupil premium pupils to ensure gaps are closing over time.
Action 2: To ensure a higher proportion of pupil premium pupils are achieving at Greater Depth in reading and Maths through early identification and rigorous monitoring – additional teacher for whole class reading and maths in Y6.
Action 3: To support families known to be PPG to take part in wider school activities so ensuring at least 1 enrichment activity takes place at the start of each topic to provide a stimulus for writing.
Action 4: To continue to raise the profile of Reading for Pleasure across the school for all stakeholders, particularly those from PPG by expanding school book collections.
Action 5: To further develop parents’ understanding of their child’s learning in Foundation Stage through the support from the parent liaison officer.
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