Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is allocated according to the number of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

At St Mary's we currently use the additional funding in the following ways:

  • To provide short-term intervention programmes for underachieving pupils and those with SEN.
  • To subsidise transport for swimming lessons.
  • To provide one-to-one tuition for some pupils.
  • To enhance the curriculum through visiting musicians, assembly guests and curriculum demonstrations in order to provide a rich diverse experience for our pupils.

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2018-2019

Pupil Premium Review 2017-2018

Disadvantaged Pupils – 2017/2018
 There were 40 disadvantaged pupils across the school
 Pupil Premium was spent in a variety of different ways:
-Interventions
- Re-visiting previous learning
- Outside agencies
- Attendance
- Trips and extra-curricular resources
- Resources
- Administration
 There has been a rise in progress and attainment in KS2 for disadvantaged pupils over the last 2 years and the gap between national is closing.
 In Key Stage 2 85.7% of disadvantaged pupils achieved expected Standard in combined Reading, Writing and Maths.
 50% of disadvantaged pupils achieved combined Expected Standard in Reading, Writing and Maths
 50% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the Expected Standard in Reading. This is lower than the national average of 75.4%. This means we were 2 children below the national figure.
 83% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the Expected Standard in Maths. This is higher than the national figure of 76%.
 67% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the Expected Standard in Writing, this is broadly in line with the national average of 70%.
 75% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the Phonics check. Only 1 disadvantaged child did not meet the standard for the Phonics Screening Test.
 There is no progress measure for EYFS only attainment of the Early Learning Goal and Expected Standards in key areas. 100% of disadvantaged children met the early learning goal.

Pupil Premium Action Plan - 2017-2018 Total allocation for the financial year 2017-2018: £61 440.00

2016/2017

For the academic year 2016/17 we received £62,000 in pupil premium funding. The percentage of our pupils currently known to be eligible for pupil premium is 25%. The money will be used to narrow the gap and ensure that target pupils continue to make good levels of progress.

How we will spend our allocation for 2016/2017

2015/16

How we spent this year's allocation

For the academic year 2015/16 we received £62,500 in Pupil Premium funding. The percentage of our pupils in years 1-6 (Sept 2015) currently known to be eligible for Pupil Premium is 21%. The money was used to narrow the gap and ensure that target pupils continue to make good levels of progress.

We provided 1 to 1 tuition to Pupil Premium children as well as small group support for Literacy and Numeracy. Some of this support was in the form of sessions held before and after school. We also purchased resources and training to focus on improving teachers' mathematical knowledge and provided Precision Teaching training for teachers and teaching assistants.

We brought in specialists to train a group of Anti-bullying Ambassadors throughout the school. Some of these were Pupil Premium children. We also looked at ways of nurturing well-being as several of our Pupil Premium children have issues in the playground and with social skills.

We provided after school activities to get children active and motivated. These include a fun mathematics club called Magical Maths and a multi skills activity session provided by Believe to Achieve.

We held a contingency fund to respond to individual needs such as subsidising school trips, providing opportunities for Gifted and Talented pupils and providing specific resources to enable each child to make the best possible progress.

Money was made available to enable us to offer support with transport for Pupil Premium children who have issues with attendance. We have some cases where attendance is below the level expected due to difficulties in getting to school. We have also had cases where these children have missed a whole day of school for a medical appointment because of the length of time taken using public transport. In these instances we were able to provide a taxi so that the child can attend school for most of the day.

How the way we spent our allocation made a difference to disadvantaged pupils in 2015-2016

  • Key Stage 2 disadvantaged pupil progress in maths and writing was in line with national progress rates for all pupils.
  • Key Stage 2 disadvantaged pupil progress in reading was below the national average figure for all pupils overall and for prior high attainers. We have addressed this issue for 2016-2017 by improving our provision for guided reading.
  • Key Stage 2 disadvantaged pupils attainment in maths, writing and reading was in line with national attainment rates for all pupils, except for maths with prior middle attainment meeting the expected standard which was one pupil below the national figure. Writing prior high attainment met the highest standard, which was one pupil below the national figure and reading prior high attainment met the highest standard which was two pupils below the national figure.
  • In Key Stage 1 disadvantaged pupils attainment in reading, writing and maths is in line with the national figure for all children.
  • In Year 1 phonics there was a dip in the performance of disadvantaged children and other children in 2016. We have already implemented a new approach to phonics to address this.
  • In the Year 2 phonics test retake 100% of disadvantaged pupils achieved their target.

2014/15

For the academic year 2014/15 we received £67,000 in Pupil Premium funding. The percentage of our pupils in Years 1-6 (Sept 2014) currently known to be eligible for Pupil Premium is 26%. The money will be used to narrow the gap and ensure that target pupils continue to make good levels of progress.

How we spent our allocation for 2014/15

  • 1:1 and small group tuition was provided by a number of teachers and teaching assistants to target areas in need of improvement.
  • The Ten Ten Theatre Company came into school and presented plays with follow up workshops which tackled issues such as understanding why rules are in place for younger children, and coping with situations of change and uncertainty for older children. There was also a follow up session for parents so that they could share what had been learnt from the experience.
  • Individual pupils benefited from resources and services purchased specifically for their needs.

How the way we spent our allocation made a difference to disadvantaged pupils

  • 86% of Pupil Premium children reached the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Key Stage 1.
  • 80% (4 out of 5) of Pupil Premium children reached the expected level in writing (Teacher Assessment), grammar, punctuation and spelling, and mathematics in Key Stage 2.
  • 100% of Pupil Premium children reached the expected level in reading.
  • 40% of Pupil Premium children reached a higher than expected level in reading by the end of Key Stage 2.
  • 40% of Pupil Premium children reached a higher than expected level in grammar, punctuation and spelling at the end of Key Stage 2.
  • 40% of Pupil Premium children reached a higher than expected level in mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. One of these gained Level 6.
  • All Pupil Premium children made at least 2 levels progress by the end of Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • One Pupil Premium child made 3 levels progress in reading, another made 3 levels progress in writing and two made 3 levels progress in mathematics.

2013/14

How we spent our allocation for 2013/14

  • Subsidies for school trips to ensure that all Pupil Premium children can take part in enrichment activities.
  • Based on analysis of reading assessments, a range of non-fiction project texts for boys were purchased.
  • Pupil Premium funding contributed to the cost of a new Numeracy scheme which was introduced throughout the school.
  • The Ten Ten Theatre Company came into school and presented plays with follow up workshops which tackled issues such as understanding why rules are in place for younger children, and coping with situations of change and uncertainty for older children. There was also a follow up session for parents so that they could share what had been learnt from the experience.
  • A science theatre group gave a performance which engaged the children in the excitement of learning about science.

Progress

How the way we spent our allocation made a difference to disadvantaged pupils:

  • 100% of Pupil Premium children reached the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Key Stage 1.
  • 89% of Pupil Premium children made reached the expected level in reading, Grammar, punctuation and spelling, writing and Mathematics in Key Stage 2.
  • 78% of Pupil Premium children reached a higher than expected level in reading by the end of Key Stage 2.
  • 89% of Pupil Premium children reached a higher than expected level in Grammar, punctuation and spelling at the end of Key Stage 2.
  • 56% of Pupil Premium children reached a higher than expected level in writing at the end of Key Stage 2.
  • 67% of Pupil Premium children reached a higher than expected level in mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.
  • All Pupil Premium children made at least 2 levels progress by the end of Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • One Pupil Premium child made 3 levels progress in mathematics and another made 3 levels progress in reading.
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