Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20

Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is one way we address the inequalities between free school meals (FSM) or similarly disadvantaged children and their peers. In 2018-19 we received £51,853 in Pupil Premium Grant to support this.

The first and most important measure for maximising pupil achievement is high-quality teaching. We support our teachers in many ways, for example with additional non-contact time, and challenge them to be ambitious for children’s learning, e.g. through Performance Management Objectives.

Many of our families deal with challenging circumstances with resilience and positivity. Where problems are encountered, however, the main barriers to achievement usually relate to one or more of the following:-

  • Emotional issues
  • Attendance
  • Access to wider opportunities
  • Parental engagement
    and support

The Pupil Premium Grant is a powerful tool in helping to address inequalities associated with differences in Cultural Capital. We use it to support Pupil Premium Grant children to play musical instruments, take part in all school trips and residential journeys and attend sports or other after-school clubs.

Aspects of our whole school approaches to certain areas also ensures Pupil Premium Grant pupils benefit through access to non-fiction and classical literature, watch programmes such as ‘Newsround’ regularly and perform in a variety of settings.

Emotional Issues and Attendance

Our teachers and support staff focus on the social and emotional successes and needs of all of the children in their care at all times. We hold a confidential Vulnerable Children’s File, which is formally reviewed at the start of every term, but also open to change at any time.

One element of this file focuses solely on attendance issues. We are prepared to respond to individual pupil’s needs where necessary, in one instance for example, providing swimming lessons as a reward for attendance.

We employ a counsellor, who holds two sessions per week at the school to support children facing emotionally challenging circumstances (£3,250 2018-19). We have also paid for individual or paired counselling separately in cases of particular need, e.g. sudden bereavement.

We provide a Nurture Group that meets weekly to support pupils who may benefit from a boost to their social, emotional or behavioural needs (£2,441 2018-19). Pupils are given whatever help is needed to overcome their individual barriers to learning.

School attendance is strong and has been better than National for the past three years. The same applies to persistent absence.

Access to Wider Opportunities & Parental Engagement

Every child in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant is given a Virtual Voucher of £100 per year. This can be spent in a number of ways e.g. school trips and residentials, wraparound care, uniform, clubs and music lessons. In 2018-19 parents spent 95.9% of the total Virtual Vouchers budget (see details in table).

Virtual Voucher Spend (2018-19)
Uniform£87.50
Willow Garden Wraparound£186.50
Clubs£170.25
Trips£43.50
Residentials (Derbyshire & African Adventure)£1,819.50
Music£570.50

There is a weekly Forest School Club, which every child in Y3 attends for six mornings at a cost of £2,831 in 2018/19.

We also provide access to Willow Garden, the school’s wraparound care service, for families in times of particular need.

Impact

  • 2018-19 – 95.9% Virtual Voucher Spend
  • 2018-19 Pupil Premium Grant Attendance – 94.9% (Averages: Early Years 88.96%; KS1 96.77%; KS2 95.37%)
  • 2019 KS2 SATs at the Expected Standard – Reading 87%, Writing 83%, Maths 67% and Reading, Writing & Maths Combined 67%

Support

In addition to the support gained by the above strategies, sometimes we recognise the need to allocate additional targeted resources. A year group with a high level of needs has had additional TA support to assist with emotional issues and academic progress over a period of recent years.

Additional Booster Group work led by teacher for one hour per week (£1,655) and TA/HLTA 2 hours each per week (£5,083) also allocated to support specific Pupil Premium pupils in Y6.

The next review of our Pupil Premium Strategy will be in the Autumn Term of 2020.

Our philosophy for the use of this funding reflects the practices highlighted the NFER report, Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils.

(This report draws attention to the most successful schools having extensive social and emotional support strategies in place, with leaders who understand the link between attendance, behaviour and emotional support.)

More Information

Further information about the Pupil Premium is provided by the DfE on their website here.

Further performance data for the school is available from the DfE website here.

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