Pupil Premium 19/20
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 2019/2020 our Pupil Premium Funding will be approximately £196,680.00
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 continues to close 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: Curriculum Development: Knowing more…Remembering more - 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. This focus includes allocating some of the money to fund 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. This year, this focus also includes the development of the wider curriculum; designing and developing a broader curriculum that engages the children whilst allowing them to know more and remember more.
Key Focus 3: Broadening Horizons – providing opportunities to further enhance our children’s emotional happiness and cultural capital. It includes allocating money to providing a richer curriculum that promotes awe, wonder and memorable experiences outside the classroom environment in a variety of forms: offering experiences not always available at home.
How will this money be spent?
Impact: How is The Pupil Premium helping?
- Historical data from 2017 – 2019 End of KS2 SATs results show each year a greater percentage of Pupil Premium children achieving ARE, showing that the academic gap is continuing to close.
- The percentage of Pupil Premium children achieving ARE Combined at the end of KS2 have increased year on year since 2017, significantly so in 2019, with 73% of PP children achieving ARE combined
- The percentage of Pupil Premium Children achieving ARE in Writing and Maths has increased year on year, with above 80% achieving ARE in 2019 (82% in Writing and 86% in Maths)
- The percentage of Pupil Premium Non-SEN children achieving ARE in Reading and Maths has increased year on year, with 86.7% achieving ARE in Reading in 2019 and 100% achieving ARE in maths in 2019
- Helped to improve the attendance of eligible children so that their attendance was within 1% of their non-eligible peers.
When will this Pupil Premium Strategy be reviewed?
This year’s Pupil Premium Strategy will be rag rated at the end of each whole term against the targets set (Autumn 2, Spring 2 and Summer 2); considering the impact, effect and success of each planned strategy. Based on such reflection, the strategy will be adapted to ensure the grant has maximum impact and continues to alleviate the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
The reviewed Pupil Premium Strategy for 2018/2019 and the impact planned strategies had can be found below…