The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and some of their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals, to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. At present this also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012 schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups and that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
- We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
The range of provision staff and governors may consider include:
- providing a high level of teaching support in classrooms mainly targeted at pupils needing help in the basic skills to ‘bridge the gap’ in attainment.
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher or TA focusing on overcoming gaps in learning.
- 1:1/group support.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained.
- Teaching Assistants or external agencies.
- All our work through pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in literacy and mathematics.
- Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve age related expectations at the end of Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
- Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics.
Accessing Pupil Premium Funding
Funding is allocated to the school based on an annual basis. It is important that if you think your child is eligible for pupil premium support, you should contact the school office for more information.
Important: To find out more information on whether you are eligible for additional funding, please follow this link: www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
What is the Service Pupil Premium?
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.
It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.
Pupils attract SPP if they meet one of the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve)
- they have been registered as a ‘service child’ on the January school census at any point since 2015, see footnote 1
- one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
Children have to be flagged as service children ahead of the January school census deadline. Service parents need to make the school aware of their status by talking to the Headteacher or school admin staff.
Individual data for pupils receiving PPG is suspended due to the small number of children in the cohort and the potential to identify individuals.
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation (PPG) for 2019/2020 is £10,480
The staff and Governors have targeted the PPG to:
- Provide small group work and 1-1 work with an experienced TA – leaders and teachers use data to identify learning needs, addressing any underperformance swiftly. Every action and or intervention is driven by the robust review of data. They seek the best practice to respond to any emerging needs. Elvington Church of England Primary School is outwardly seeking best practice and therefore practitioners are becoming more involved in action research initiatives, networks and working in collaboration with other schools in order to pursue or champion best practice.
TA expenditure: £3,227.80
ELSA expenditure: £1,718.28
- Potential financial support with educational visits (support agreed for Kingswood and Robinwood).
- Additional Teaching Assistant hours. Leaders and teachers at Elvington identify each pupil’s challenges and interests. They seek the best strategies to help each pupil make the next step in their leaning. We provide individual support for specific learning needs and group support for pupils with similar needs.
New TA to be appointed – this was delayed as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Projected expenditure: £6,114.87
- Lexia subscription – pupils work independently to develop critical reading and language skills through individualised, motivating learning paths. All students, regardless of their skill level, can each work at their own pace and the teacher is notified (on web-based reports and via email) only when they require support.
- Purchase Purple Mash, to support pupils across all curriculum areas with an emphasis on phonics/spellings and maths.
- TT Rockstars Subscription, to ensure all disadvantaged pupils are given opportunities to overcome barriers to learning in Maths. All Pupil Premium pupils are able to practise times tables at home and school.
- Rising Stars Arithmetic Tests, enable teachers to make assessments of learning and improve planning to address potential gaps in learning.
Despite the challenging barriers that some of our children face, a ceiling of achievement will not be placed. It is our job to ensure that gaps are closed and all children reach their full potential.
For all pupils receiving pupil premium – focused, in class targeted Teacher, ELSA and TA interventions to; improve attainment, support emotionally and socially and/or improve behaviour.
Pupil Premium Barriers to Learning
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils are listed below:
- Wellbeing, confidence and engagement
- The Factors of Attention – processing and sequencing information
Our pupil premium grant will be spent to address, minimise or diminish these barriers to learning.
As the needs of our Pupil Premium children are potentially vast and unique, we conduct termly meetings with each class teacher to discuss Pupil Premium children (among others) on a case by case basis.
Criteria to Measure Impact
- Closing of the academic gap with peers and achieve at least Age Related Expectations.
- Access to attendance on Educational visits and the same physical resources as all children.
- Social and emotional wellbeing.
The impact of the PPG for 2019/20 is:
- In-school Pupil Premium Tracking for 2019/20 shows that any gaps in Reading, Writing & Maths between Pupil Premium Children and other children are reducing or not evident.
- TA/ELSA support ensured that pupils had targeted intervention to meet both their academic and social and emotional needs.
- Pupils have made expected/better than expected progress.
- Pupils who use Lexia have demonstrated improved attainment in spelling, reading comprehension and writing.
- Individual pupils have made subjective gains in a wide range of areas.
Pupil Premium Lead – Mr. Andrew Buttery
Pupil Premium Shadow – Miss. Laura Rushmer