What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an additional layer of funding received by schools. The amount allocated is linked directly to the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals and the number of pupils whose families work in the Armed Services.
How much does our school receive?
|2015/2016||£19,800 (plus 'Forces' element of £1,200)|
How is the Pupil Premium money spent?
At the Edward Richardson Primary School the Pupil Premium funding is deployed to:
- Ensure that the target groups access the curriculum in the same way as all other groups;
- Purchase resources to be used by pupils for whom the funding has been allocated in order to ensure that their progress is at least in line with expectation;
- Allow additional SENDCO / Assessment Coordinator time to permit the pupils identified through Pupil Premium to receive specific, planned and targeted support - including using the SENDCO / Assessment Coordinator to complete rigorous tracking of the progress and attainment of these specific pupils and to work as a dedicated Learning Mentor and councillor and to monitor and support rigorous planning for the other key staff involved in the delivery of the curriculum to these pupils;
- Ensure a high level of well organised adult support in each class so that all pupils within these target groups can be fully supported in accessing the curriculum. Three of our part time Teaching Assistants were originally employed for this purpose and with this funding. The work of these is carefully planned and targeted against the needs of our Pupil Premium children;
- Support parents financially with chargeable activities (in line with the Charging & Remissions Policy) to enable full access to all opportunities in order to ensure that the progress of the pupils on key indicators does not suffer adverse influence.
What has been the impact of Pupil Premium over recent years?
Our expenditure on the above items aggregated to a higher amount than the funding received through Pupil Premium and therefore not all of the benefit which can be identified is due to Pupil Premium in isolation. Our own tracking of pupil progress assesses this for the whole school and separates out identifiable sub-groups. Pupil Premium pupils are one of these sub-groups. Data for the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 school years shows that these pupils made progress in line with, and in some cases ahead of, the full sample of pupils across the school. In 2013 the Pupil Premium sample in Y6 achieved a KS1 to KS2 Value Added score of 102.2 (school average 101.2, national average 99.8) and an Average Points Score ahead of the whole cohort.
This supports our belief that our systems deploy resources available to ensure that any potentially vulnerable group is monitored and intervention strategies are effective.
The level of funding increased for 2013/2014 and this resulted in the time available for the relevant staff to monitor, plan and intervene had been able to be formalised. Funding totalled £14,450 with £6,000 allowing time for the SENCO to support the planning and management of resources to our Pupil Premium pupils with a further £3,000 allowing her to deliver programmes of support herself. Purchasing of tablet technology specifically to support Pupil Premium pupils was also included.
The level of funding increased again for 2014/2015 and this allowed previous successful initiatives to continue. Funding totalled £19,500. Management time accounted for £5,000 with £2,200 spent on direct interventions and £10,300 on Targeted Support. The remaining sum was spent on assessments, ICT equipment and programs and inclusion.
The level of funding increased again for 2015/2016 and this allowed previous successful initiatives to continue. Funding totalled £19,800. The figures below are taken from a broader spreadsheet indicating all expenditure relating to Special Needs within the school, including specific expenditure against our annual notional funding.
The level of funding remained fairly stable for 2016/2017 and this allowed previous successful initiatives to continue. Funding totalled £19,380. The figures below are taken from a broader spreadsheet indicating all expenditure relating to Special Needs within the school, including specific expenditure against our annual notional funding.
|Management time||Increased opportunity to manage and monitor interventions. Progress by the majority of Pupil Premium pupils in excess of the 'Good' benchmark for OFSTED||£5,000|
|Managed Interventiondirected by above||There has been an increase in support offered directly by the SENCO to pupils and these pupils have made rapid progress against the specific targets set||£2,220|
|Targeted Support||Managed by class teacher reported back to SENCO and tracked for impact||£10,300|
|External Assessments (targeted)||Assessments of need carried out by external agencies to ensure maximum impact of targeted support||£280|
|Purchase of computer hardware (iPads)||These have been prioritised for use by Pupil Premium pupils and have proved a great motivator for many.||£2,000|
|Software for iPads||See above cell||£300|
|Overspend on allocation||All figures in this chart are rounded to £10||£1,290|
How are the Governors involved?
The School Governors receive a report from the headteacher three times a year which covers the above questions.
What was the picture if we go back to consider the period from September 2011 to July 2017?
Our level of Pupil Premium funding was lower in 2011/2012 but the methods of expenditure were much the same as in the following years. Targeting of support and tracking of the points progress made by the pupils identified through the funding showed that they made good progress (using Ofsted benchmarking progress criteria).