PUPIL PREMIUM AT OLD HEATH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
The 'Pupil Premium' is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantage children of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. (www.gov.uk)
Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money, identifying what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. The money that is received by schools is based on the number of children in their school who;
- Have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years ~ £1320
- Have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day ~ £1900
- Are currently from a Service family ~ £300
Some of the common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium include;
- Extra one-to-one or small group support for children within classrooms
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes
- Runing catch up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
- Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
- Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation
- Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
- Funding English classes for children who speak another language at home.
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
In the annual Pupil Premium Awards, recent winners spent their money on a bike for a child who was repeatedly late for school due to missing the bus, a nutritionist for a Year 5 child whose poor diet was causing behavioural and learning difficulties, and shoes and school uniform – including a PE kit – for a disadvantaged child in Year 3.
Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths
Pupil premium funding is allocated for each financial year, though schools operate on an academic year basis.
HOW OLD HEATH SPENT PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING IN 2016/17
For 2016/17 we had 41 children registered with the school as pupil premium. The majority of the allocation was made up of children who have or are receiving free school meals in the last six years and a very small percentage of children from service families.
As the Government says the fund is there to support children of all abilities so some of our pupil premium children are working at the expected or above and some are working below national age expectations. As a school we are instructed to outline our children’s barriers to learning as part of this ‘strategy’ document on our website, so briefly and in no particular order some of our children entitled to PPG may encounter the following barriers;
- Poor attendance and or late arrival at school
- Difficult family breakdowns and ongoing family turmoil
- Parental mental health issues, other ill health issues
Of course some of the children do not experience any of the above barriers.
Our biggest element of spending is around staffing. So across the school Last years’ figure of £45,629 ensured that;
- Our Early Years class had an extra member of staff, giving a ratio of one adult to ten children.
- Our Key Stage 1 classes both had an extra member of staff for every morning, ensuring three adults per class; boosting phonics, writing, reading and maths in particular
- Across our four Key Stage 2 classes we allocated funding to provide two extra staff to work specifically with groups of PPG children
- We also appointed an new member of staff to work with PPG children who were also in need of special educational support ~ particularly speech and language issues and targeted ‘gap filling’ in Key Stage 2.
- We were also able to offer one to one sessions on two afternoons to KS2 PPG children to boost reading and tackle specific maths issues.
Due to issues regarding family breakups and similar difficult circumstances we also employ a play therapist to work with children that are identified within school and with parental support,
To aid our work with improving attendance and supporting parents who are trying to juggle getting children to school and themselves to work we have funded individual children places at Breakfast Club. We also employ a Family Liaison/EWO, separate from the Local Authority to support children’s attendance and lateness issues working with the parents.
Over the last year the school has expanded its opportunities for residential trips and we have part funded PPG children who have wanted to take up these opportunities.
HOW HAVE WE ALLOCATED OUR PPG MONEY FOR 2017/18
Our staffing has remained almost the same for this coming year except that we are only able to allocate 1 extra member of staff across the Year 1 and 2 classes and we are no longer able to offer extra afternoon support sessions.