Pupil Premium 18/19
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding that is given to us by the government to support children who may be vulnerable to under-achievement. The amount we receive is based on the number of children that we have who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) or who are ‘Children in Care’ (CIC). We receive the equivalent of £1320 for every child who is currently in receipt of Free School Meals plus some additional funding that is based on the number of children who have had Free School Meals in the past 6 years but are no longer eligible. As a school, we have a responsibility to report on the progress of children receiving pupil premium; demonstrate how we are using the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) and the impact that it is having on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
How much Pupil Premium Money do we get?
In the academic year 2018/19 our Pupil Premium Funding will be approximately £219,120.00
What do we use this money for?
At Gray's Farm, pupil premium money is used to fund some important roles within our school. These roles are all predominantly focused on raising academic standards especially in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, whilst also supporting children’s emotional and behavioural needs to enable them to learn more effectively. Our ultimate aim for the spending of this money is to prepare our children for the real world and offer them valuable learning experiences that will facilitate their learning and shape them into well-rounded individuals. This year we have identified three Key Foci’s to ensure the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is closed further and barriers to educational achievement are overcome. These are:
Key Focus 1: Parental Engagement – running organised events, on-line materials and informative workshops for parents in all key stages, allowing parents to feel able to support the children at home with the concepts and methods taught at school, therefore ensuring consistency and continuity.
Key Focus 2: Support for Language, Reading and Mathematics – ensuring opportunities are available in school for children to achieve the best they possibly can in all academic areas.
Key Focus 3: Broadening Horizons – providing opportunities to further enhance children’s emotional happiness. This includes allocating some of the money to fund some specialist services so that we can offer our children and their families support far more quickly and without the long delays and paperwork that can occur when we refer to other agencies. It also includes allocating money to providing a richer curriculum that promotes awe, wonder and memorable experiences.
How will this money be spent?
Impact: How is The Pupil Premium helping?
Last year (2017/2018) the PPG:
> Aided our pupil premium children in making progress in Reading, Writing and Mathematics that was in-line with or, in some year groups, better than their peers, resulting in the attainment gap decreasing.
> Helped to improve the attendance of eligible children so that their attendance was within 1% of their non-eligible peers. (Whole school attendance according to SEASS was 95.2%, Children eligible for Pupil Premium funding was 94.2%)
> Allowed more than 95% of PP children to attend more than one trip throughout the school year (Where they didn’t it was because of missing parental consent)
> In some year groups, children eligible for pupil premium funding made significantly more than expected progress across the academic year
> Children got quick and regular access to Speech and Language Therapy
> Financed an additional teacher in year 6 to support PP children and enable them to achieve expected at the End of KS2.