Pupil Premium Grant

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.

PPG Funding ~ How we spend it to support our children and families at Old Heath Community Primary School to close the gap in access to learning, supporting learning and opportunities to extra learning and personal development opportunities

Last Year's Spending 2018/19                                                                                                                           For the financial year 2018/19 we were allocated £47,100 in our school budget. We reallocated £43,140 directly to finance the learning support staff to support our PPG children. This left £3,960 in our Pupil Premium Cost Centre. We have four support posts that are directly funded by our PPG allocation

1 full time support for Early Years which allows us to provide a staffing ratio of 1:10 children (1 qualified teacher and 2 support staff).

1 part-time support staff to work every morning across the week in Y1 & Y2.

1 part-time support staff to work with PPG/SEN children; in particular, a specialism of speech and language work that supports across Early Years, Y1 and Y2.

1 part time support staff that works across KS2 every morning.

From our Pupil Premium Cost Centre we also reallocated £5,000 to support general learning support staff across the school.

We used PPG funding to offer free places in our Breakfast Club. For 2018/19 financial year we supported 5 families (6 children) at a cost of £1095.00, across the academic year 2018/19 £1,685.00.

We also use PPG funding to support low income families to enable their children to attend our school residentials for Y4, Y5 and Y6. The Y4 residential takes place in the February, the Y5 and Y6 take place in the Summer term. So February support is taken from the Financial Year 2017/2018, our May and June trips are taken from the Financial Year 2018/19

February 2018 Y4 Trip ~ £180

May 2018 Y5 Trip ~ £280

June 2018 Y6 Trip ~ £390

To support our PPG families with their school attendance we employ an Education Welfare Officer/Family Liaison Worker Sophie Simmons to work alongside the Headteacher in ensuring families understand the importance of punctual and regular school attendance. For the financial Year 2018/19 we spent £1,111

We spent a further £770 on offering counselling sessions to children with emotional issues.

We also used £324 to support PPG children to attend ‘Able Days’ with Authors Abroad

Future Spending for 2019/20                                                                                                                            For the financial year 2019/20 we were allocated £52,800 in our school budget. We reallocated £43,080 directly to finance the learning support staff to support our PPG children. This left £9,720.00 in our Pupil Premium Cost Centre. We have four support posts that are directly funded by our PPG allocation

1 full time support for Early Years which allows us to provide a staffing ratio of 1:10 children (1 qualified teacher and 2 support staff).

1 part-time support staff to work every morning across the week in Y1 & Y2.

1 part-time support staff to work with PPG/SEN children; in particular, a specialism of speech and language work that supports across Early Years, Y1 and Y2.

Due to ‘natural wastage’ we no longer employ a part time support staff that works across KS2 every morning, we have had to reshuffle hours to cover classes so we only have two mornings extra across KS2.

 As in previous years we will use the remaining £9,720 to support children from low income families to take up opportunities on our residentials or more-able days. We also need to continue to work on attendance issues for some of our families and providing free places at Breakfast Club for families in need or to provide support with attendance issues. This year we have not booked regular counselling sessions with our therapist however we will support children who have issues that are preventing them from attending school or is a barrier to their learning.

Amanda Mitchelson November 2019