All schools are given a sum of money for Looked After Children, pupils on Free School Meals and those whose parents served in the Armed Forces. On the whole, these children perform significantly lower, as a group, than their peers. This funding is to tackle disadvantage and should reach those pupils who need it most.
Our pupil premium for 2016/17 was £58,080
Teacher Subject specific language development 7,150
Extended schools (net expenditure) 1,500
Swimming costs (25 children) 1,500
TA Hours Early years 21,106
ICT in the classroom 5,658
KS2 Homework Club and Booster Classes 4,000
To employ supply cover for senior staff to work scrutinise and
observe lessons with regard to those children entitled to Pupil 2,600
Premium. To evaluate whether the gap is being closed
Review of 2016/17
Considerable funding was allocated to providing more time for our trained Teaching Assistants to work with the appropriate children throughout the school. In EYFS (Red Class) the outcomes of the group were good with significant progress having been made as measured three times throughout the year and verified by moderation at the year end.
Key Stage One SATs Teacher Assessment was lower than we would have hoped for, but by entry into Year 2, gaps in pupil knowledge had already been identified and steps taken to remedy the ones of concern. Tracking of the current Year One pupils appears to show action taken has been successful.
The four classes in KS2 all shared expected and above expected outcomes and progress with clear evidence at the end of KS2 of the success in "Closing the Gap".Again we used ongoing assessment and work scrutiny to measure progress made.
The TA's were involved in the "Provision Mapping" process and delivered good "Targeted Intervention Strategies". Intervention strategies used and pupils worked with were monitored on a short termly basis. Senior staff (along with OFSTED in October 2014 and the Church Schools Inspection in March 2015) evaluated and agreed that the Pupil Premium money had been well allocated.
Science and in particular Scientific Enquiry work continued to build on the previous year successes with the language and scientific thought process of the disadvantaged children becoming more developed. Our science lead is a National Leader in Science Education and provided staff support and work scrutiny.
Targeted work in EYFS (4/5 year olds) and Small Saints (3/4 year olds) gave all children a uniformity of access to the foundation of speaking, listening, reading, writing and number in particular.
Breakfast Club flourished in numbers, and all of our Year 6 children in July 2017 were able to swim 25 metres and, in all but a few cases, considerably further.
Our Pupil Premium for 2017/18 (including carry-forward) is £67,749
Teaching Assistant Staff Costs £48,256
Science Specialist Supply (1 day) £ 8,508
Extended Schools (Net Expenditure) £ 2,500
Swimming Costs £1,500
ICT in the Classroom £4, 750
Music Lessons £1,872
All Teaching Assistants are undergoing a further year of professional development as we endeavour to ensure a minimum level of good quality provision whereby teaching and non-teaching staff are able to contribute fully to discussions regarding the effectiveness of provision offered and the next steps forward. Non teaching staff appraisals will take place three times during the year in order to monitor progress being made and what further professional support would be helpful.
We are seeking to extend the more able Pupil Premium children and at the same time continue to offer the best opportunities to all of the group. Our impact will be monitored through on-going assessment and programmes adapted when individuals are seen not to be achieving their short term targets.
We will continue to support our Breakfast Club and After School Care clubs with numbers attending continuing to rise year on year. We will also continue to specifically target the children with support in ICT (KS2) and Science (throughout the school) in order to establish a level playing field for all our children.
Similarly we continue to support numeracy lessons in order that no child is disadvantaged. Again our Year 6 Booster Classes and February Frolics in the February half term are supported in order to ensure that our Pupil Premium children do well at the end of year KS2 SATs.
Finally, we will continue to offer music lessons from a specialist music teacher in order that no child might be disadvantaged by missing out on the pleasure that hearing and making music brings.