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What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.

Funding for 2016/17

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

Plans for 2016/17 Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus allocation

Pupil Premium Funding for 2016/17 is projected to be £14,800.

Barriers to Learning:

Low Achievement – The pupil premium allocation will be used to support low attaining and low achieving pupils by providing a facility for small group work using Teaching Assistants  who are also able to deliver interventions where needed. We also use Teaching Assistants to support the class, allowing teaching staff to deliver catch up sessions with identified pupils.

Emotional Welbeing - The Academy SENCO is taking part in training to become a Youth Mental Health First Aider.  This will support pupils with emotional wellbeing problems.

Behaviour - Additional lunchtime supervision staff are being employed to support  the behaviour of pupils during lunchtimes.

This year we are also introducing a new reward system across the school.

 Attendance - The support of the Education Welfare Officer is being used to support children with low attendance and punctuality issues

The balance of the funding is being used to purchase resources for identified pupils.

Measuring the Impact:

Half-termly pupil premium progress meetings will be held with teaching staff to specifically track progress and attainment.

Books will be scrutinised and the school tracking system will be used for data analysis.

The Achievement and Curriculum Committee of the Governing Board will receive termly data in relation to pupil premium pupils.

A review of the strategy used to spend the grant for pupil premium children will be held in July 2017.

Funding for 2015/16

The allocation for 2015/16 was £19,420.

The pupil premium grant was used to support low attaining and low achieving pupils by providing a facility for small group work using Teaching Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants and also 1:1 intervention.

Impact of Pupil Premium Funding 2015/16– end of KS1 and KS2 Results

Key Stage 1

At the end of 2015/16:

In reading 40% of pupil premium children were working at the expected standard in reading and 20% were working at a greater depth in reading.

In writing 60% of pupil premium children were working at the expected standard.

In maths 40% of pupil premium children were working at the expected standard.

Key Stage 2

At the end of 2015/16 - 25% of pupil premium pupils achieved the expected standard in reading.  No pupil premium pupils achieved the expected standard in writing and maths.