Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The government believes that it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances and intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how it is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility.

The Pupil Premium and Service Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011. This gave schools £625 million of extra funding to close the attainment gaps for disadvantaged pupils and to assist with the pastoral needs of children with parents in the armed forces. This funding has now increased to £2.5bn in 2014-15.

When commenting on how successful schools use the Pupil Premium to narrow the attainment gap, the Department of Education said: 

‘Evidence shows that the most effective schools achieve this through a combination of high quality teaching, strong leadership, a relevant and coherent curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted catch-up and enrichment activities.’ 

Department of Education

How much Pupil Premium do St Helen’s receive?

During the financial year 2015/16 year, the school received £34,000 in Pupil Premium funding.

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 How was the Pupil Premium money spent during the 2015/16 academic year?

The school looked at the needs of the children, the OFSTED action points, took advice from experts in the Local Authority and made the most of the latest research (eg Sutton Trust) available to plan the use of the Pupil Premium money in 2015/16

This year, the Pupil Premium money has been spent on the following:

  • Targeted intervention groups, led by teachers and teaching assistants
  • Releasing teacher time to work with our most able Pupil Premium children
  • Professional development for Teachers and Teaching Assistants
  • Procuring services from the Local Authority such as: Inclusion support, Educational Welfare, Speech and Language Therapy, Behaviour Support
  • Deliver a tailored daily phonics programme
  • Purchased wider range of reading books for lower key stage 2 children
  • Pupil progress meetings 6 times a year to monitor children’s progress and the effectiveness of any interventions
  • Purchased iPads to support children and widen opportunities to access technology
  • Further train and develop teachers and teaching assistants to ensure the very highest quality of teaching so that Pupil Premium children make rapid and sustained progress
  • Fine tune and focus interventions further to ensure a real impact on pupil’s progress and attainment
  • Senior member of staff (SLT and Upper Pay Scale teachers) to mentor Pupil Premium children and identify ways to support them.
  • Develop consultation further with parents to partner with them with the aim of further raising achievement
  • Widen opportunities for reading at school and at home with a greater variety of texts
  • Subsidising school trips and uniform and providing other opportunities to enrich the curriculum

Impact of Pupil Premium spending during 2015/16

Impact is measured both by reviewing children’s progress academically and by discussions with all parties involved about the child’s well-being and attitude to learning.

Examples of positive impact:

  • Our Pupil Premium children in Year 6 performed in line with South Glos LA in Reading and Maths and were above the LA in Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and spelling. In Writing, 67% achieved the national standard, whereas the LA figure was 52%.
  • At Year 2, where children were supported with phonics and numicon provision, our Pupil Premium children were above the LA in Reading and Maths and below in Writing.
  • The majority of PP children’s attendance has improved across the years- see attached details. As a school FSM pupil attendance was up 2% in academic year 2015-16
  • CPD of teachers and teacher assistants focused on developing teaching and learning. Effective marking, questioning, use of TAs in different lessons with different groups of children including PP children.
  • Regular meetings were held with parents/ children of different PP children. (See separate records)

    This enabled children to improve punctuality, attendance etc and to work closely together on external home factors.

  • All PP children were able to access school trips throughout the year, including year 6 camp and also received extra-curricular clubs.
  • All children including PP children have access to a number of high quality texts. Reading progress across the year improved in Raising Stars tests. (See separate data).

The school has produced two cost-benefit reports to show examples of the impact that the pupil premium money has had at St Helen’s. The first reports the impact that the maths resource ‘Numicon’ has made in the school, the second the positive impact of our redesigned daily phonics programme that takes place in Year 1 and 2.

Planned Pupil Premium Provision for 2016/17:

As a school, we are always looking for ways to improve children’s outcomes, building on what has gone before and incorporating the very latest research. Working with our School Improvement Advisor and our Inclusion Support worker, we have planned to use Pupil Premium money in the following ways next academic year:

Continue to build on our current good practice from 2015/16:

For example: tailored phonics, targeted interventions led by teachers and TAs, training and development of staff, expansion of the use of Numicon and use of outside agencies and expertise. We will continue to work closely with governors, liasing and accounting to them for the use of Pupil Premium money and the impact of it.

New developments for 2016/17:

- Re-organisation of the school day to timetable specific opportunities for pupil premium children, teachers and adults to work on feedback, responding to marking and their next steps for learning.

- Build on work with families and the Educational Welfare Officer to close the attendance gap between PP children and their peers

- Fine tune and focus interventions further to ensure a real impact on pupil’s progress and attainment

- Senior member of staff (SLT and Upper Pay Scale teachers) to mentor Pupil Premium children and identify ways to support them.

- Further develop consultation further with parents to partner with them with the aim of further raising achievement

- Fund an engineering project with Bloodhound for Pupil Premium children

- Fund a lunchtime football club with high quality coaching for KS2 Pupil Premium children

- Support pupil premium families with cost of music tuition to widen opportunities.

To find out if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding and to apply please contact Mrs Madle in the school office. 

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