Pupil Premium for Parents

Purpose

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 their wealthier
peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who
need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly
identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to
schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what
additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their
responsibility.
• Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they
will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to
support pupils from low-income families.

Key facts

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Total funding through the Premium will increase from £625m in 2011-12 to £1.25bn in 2012-13.
The level of the premium in 2011-12 was £488 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. It later increased to £600 per pupil, increased to £900 per pupil (2013), £1,300 (2014) and is currently funded at £1,320 (CLA: £1,900).
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 6. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children looked after data returns (SSDA903).
Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2014-15 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Earlier this year we consulted on options for extending the coverage of the Pupil Premium. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
Up to £50m of the £1.25bn will be used to support a Summer School programme in secondary schools to help the most disadvantaged pupils make the transition from primary to secondary school. This approach received the highest support in the recent consultation with 44% of those responding backing its introduction. with 44% of those responding backing its introduction.

Report On The Impact Of 2013 – 14 Pupil Premium Spending At New Brighton Primary

From September 2012 schools are required to publish the school’s Pupil Premium allocation and how it was spent in the previous year and the impact that it had on educational attainment for those children in the school for whom the funding was allocated.

Review of Pupil Premium Spending in 2014 – 15

In 2014 – 15 we received £247,300 pupil premium funding for pupils attending New Brighton Primary School. This equates to 31% of our pupil population and demonstrated an increase in funding of £859,900.

After our evaluation of the impact of pupil premium support given in 2013 – 2014 we decided to maintain all of the initiatives previously listed including:

Data analysis and pupil tracking.
Emotional Well-Being.
Intervention Support.
Language Support.
Access to a Wide Range of After School Activities.

In addition to these successful initiatives we agreed to further refine our support in the following ways:

Individual Action Planning

Identify all the individual pupil premium children who are below their age related expectations in each year group, identify the barriers for each individual child and provide an action plan specific to the needs of that individual for the next academic year. This action plan will be reviewed by their class teacher and a package of support will be put in place with the aim of bringing that child up to age related expectations.

Higher Ability Tracking

We also agreed that pupil tracking should be further refined to include pupil premium cohort children who have Non-verbal scores above 120 in KS2. This group will be tracked by class teachers to ensure their attainment is above age related expectations and is comparable to their peers who have similar non-verbal scores.

Flexible Staffing Support For Individuals

An additional provision would also include a flexible staffing budget to employ additional TA support as needed for children experiencing difficulties accessing the curriculum. Pupils accessing this budget include a child who did not speak any English and a child who was recently adopted who was experiencing emotional trauma which affected his ability to function effectively in a large group.

Work Stations To Support 1:1 Interventions

In order to effectively deliver 1:1 interventions within KS1 we have also used some pupil premium funding to provide small work stations along the KS1 corridor to enable the number of interventions to increase.

Home Learning Support

To support learning outside the classroom we have also established a weekly homework club where pupils can access support in completing homework tasks. This was an area staff feel a high proportion of our pupil premium cohort currently experience significant disadvantage.

Data Analysis And Pupil Tracking

Following Pupil Premium data analysis from 2013 – 2014 funding was allocated to increase the capacity for effective data analysis between FS and KS1. Training was also given to all staff on effective tracking of their pupil premium cohorts and the maths assessment materials were used within KS2 to target interventions more effectively.

This investment resulted in more robust targeting of pupils and more effective support has therefore been put into place to respond to the needs of pupils who fall below age related expectations in reading, writing and maths throughout the year.

Data analysis has demonstrated that the pupil premium cohort made some improvements last academic year, but more so in Key Stage 1 classes. As a result of inconsistencies in progress for the pupil premium cohort we have decided to increase staffing in years 2, 5 and 6 for the 2015 – 2016 academic year and have created additional morning classes for years 2 and 6. Data for year 5 pupils will be reviewed at the end of the autumn term and an additional teacher may then be placed alongside experienced staff in year 5.

We have also reviewed the points progress made by our Pupil Premium cohort last academic year across years 1 – 6 (chart below). Scores taken for children in year 6 are based on the final SAT score achieved by each pupil.

As part of our data analysis children achieving 2 pts progress have been identified for additional support next academic year.

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Emotional Well-Being

Pupil Premium was used to increase our capacity to support pupils experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties and their parents. Last year baseline and end test data demonstrates that this provision impacted well on pupil confidence, self esteem and anger management within the “Tranquillity Room”.  

The additional space provided in the Little Lighthouse gave us the opportunity to increase Family Support Worker support and provide more regular access to multi-disciplinary teams during parental FACT (Families And Communities Together) mornings.

Pupil Attendance

Additional administration has also been put in place to improve pupil attendance and support families engaged in Team Around a Family meetings. As a result of this funding pupil attendance was 95.9%.

Within school the number of pupils falling below 85% reduced from 22 in 2013 – 14 (N.O.R. 598 – 3.7%) to 16 in 2014 – 2015. Of these 16 pupils only 4 pupils had poor attendance in the previous year and 3 of the 4 pupils improved their attendance in 2014 – 15.

Intervention Support

We chose to increase Teaching Assistant (TA) support last year to increase support and interventions, especially for reading and maths.

As a result of this playtime support pupil behaviour improved with fewer yellow and red cards being issued in all year groups. During last academic year 38 red cards were given out for poor behaviour to a total of 20 pupils. Red cards issued reduced from 16 in the autumn term to 11 in spring and summer terms.

Language Support

Foundation Stage WELLCOMM screening was funded last year and FS staff  delivered speech and language support from this. This programme will continue in 2015 – 2016 as this impacted well on pupil progress.

Access To A Wide Range Of After School Activities

Access to after school pupils will be funded for Pupil Premium pupils to ensure these pupils have equal access to a wide range of valuable and motivational clubs. Access to sports clubs has increased again during the year – for further details see the Sports section of the school web site.

2015 – 16 PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING PRIORITIES

This year we received £247,300 pupil premium funding for 181 Free School Meal children and 6 children who are looked after. This equates to 31% of our pupil population and demonstrates an increase in funding of £859,900.

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After evaluating the impact of our previous year’s spending priorities we have identified some significant changes and additional spending priorities to improve the outcomes for pupil premium children in 2015 – 16.

Priorities in purple text in the table below are those initiatives which were introduced prior to this year. These spending priorities were those found to be effective in closing the attainment gap for children entitled to pupil premium funding. New initiatives introduced this academic year are in blue text.

Objectives for Spending Pupil Premium Grant 2015 – 2016

To raise the attainment of pupils to meet or exceed nationally expected attainment in English and maths.
To accelerate the progress of identified groups and individuals who currently work below the nationally expected attainment in English and maths.
To support all families in accessing a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
To secure the positive mental health of children experiencing emotional difficulties.

Target Cohort Priority Funding Academic progress is increased for all pupils entitled to pupil premium funding by:
£13,972 (£5,155 TLR, £1,000 Resources, £2,957 cover x 0.1, Teacher release x 27 days x £180 = £4,860) The Outstanding Teaching Project developed in each band within school to improve outcomes for all pupils. Including teacher release and appropriate coaching. Improving teaching and learning standards throughout the school.
£13,585 (£,488 + 0.5 TA) Additional dyslexia support – Orrets outreach and TA support. Increasing support for pupils with SpLD.
£2,989 (£234 (Testbase) + £985 (Target Tracker) + £1,770  (Pearson Education Bug Club)) Software licenses for pupil tracking, reading and assessment. Developing more effective strategies to identify gaps in prior knowledge and assess effective teaching.
£4,345 Special needs advisory assessment team S.L.A. Providing increased access to SENNAT and intervene at an earlier stage.
£1,008 38 x 1 hour TA weekly homework club with computer access/ TA support available to pupils entitled to pupil premium funding Supporting effective after school learning for pupils entitled to pupil premium funding.
£4,816 Parental support co-ordinator x 1 day per week Supporting pupil behaviour and reducing barriers to their learning.
£2,149 Pupil Attendance Support x 1 day per week Increasing pupil attendance, physical well-being and social relationships.
£2,067 (£1880 plus £187) Volunteer reading programme x 5    Supporting children below age related expectations in reading, including those who are currently looked after.
£33,912 Increased teaching staff in years 2 for children working below age related expectations (0.6 FTE). Increasing progress of Y2 children working below age related expectations.
£8,931 Increased teaching staff in year 6 to support higher attaining pupils (0.5 FTE). Securing accelerated progress of higher attaining pupils at KS2.
£19,482 (£17,862 plus £270 x 6 weeks) Increased teaching staff in year 5 and 6 to support lower attaining pupils (1 x full time teacher from November 2015 – July 2016). Increasing progress of children working below age related expectations within KS2.
£63,886 (£19,715 + £15,947, £15,231 + £12,993) Increase TA support within all classes 4 x full time TAs. Ensuring gaps in prior learning are identified and addressed in all classes.
£5,500 Part funding to purchase additional home school reading books. Increasing pupil engagement in reading for pleasure.
£8,000 Purchase of library facilities to engage pupil readers. Increasing pupil engagement in reading for pleasure.
£15,000 Increased ICT resources for all pupils particularly pupil premium cohorts. Increase pupil access for children without internet access at home and fully engage them in learning.
£1,400 Additional speech and language therapy support S.L.A. Providing additional support for the large number of FS/KS1 pupils with speech difficulties identified in WELLCOM screening.
£3,240 Pupil Progress meetings (cover costs) x  £90 per week. Ensuring individual pupil progress is effectively tracked and supported.
£3,000 Subsidies for after school clubs and activities. Increasing the engagement of pupil premium cohorts in after school activities.
£3,620 181 F.S.M. trip subsidy of £20 per annum per child. Engaging all pupils entitled to pupil premium funding in all trips and activities available to them.
£1,000 Subsidy available to support access to residentials. Increasing confidence and engagement of children entitled to pupil premium by accessing school residential trips.
£8,428 Family Support Worker x hrs per week to support vulnerable and pupil premium families. Providing family support for all families triggering TAF and those requesting support.
£32,078 (£24,194 + £7,884) Full time School Mentor and Massage Therapist (0.4 FTE) available to support children with emotional barriers to their learning within the school Tranquility Room. Improving the confidence, well-being and engagement of pupil premium children completing the Tranquility programme.
£2,500 Part funding of Chess in schools 50% contribution. Developing logical thinking and problem solving in year 4.
£3,045 New T.A. post 13.25 hours reading support in lower KS2 band. Increasing confidence and attainment in reading with clear focus on pupils below age related expectations in year 2.
£3,250 Purchase of resources to support maths planning and mastery (Maths No Problem text books x 1 copy of each per year group and £585 course fees for lead teachers) Providing resources to address the under achievement of pupils in maths.
£1,600 Production and printing of literacy target cards and certificates for each year group. Providing greater engagement and focus for spelling and punctuation targets identified in the new curriculum requirements.
£2,700 To provide additional resources to support reading comprehension in KS2. Providing greater support for reading comprehension of pupils below age related expectations.
£265,498

 

2012 – 13 YEAR GROUP

READING A.P.S. PROGRESS

WRITING A.P.S. PROGRESS

MATHS A.P.S. PROGRESS

Year 1

3.8

4.0

4.5

Year 2

4.0

3.8

3.1

Year 3

4.1

3.3

2.9

Year 4

3.1

3.0

3.1

Year 5

4.9

4.6

4.3

Year 6

4.7

4.5

4.5

On analysis the cohort of Pupil Premium pupils in Year 4 did not make targeted progress in reading, writing and maths. Of this cohort 36% were on our SEN register. The years 2 and 3 Pupil Premium cohorts did not make targeted progress in maths. In the year 3 cohort only 16% of the cohort were below age related expectations at the start of the year and, as a result of support given only 11 % remained below age related expectations at the end of the year. Of this 11% 100% of the cohort made accelerated (4+ points) progress.

The pupil premium is again being used to employ additional Teaching Assistants to deliver maths and English interventions as last year. Because of the progress made by these pupils we have extended this programme of support and have employed additional staff during this academic year.

Last year progress for the pupil premium cohort was limited in maths. The diagnostic test purchased mid year is allowing us to more effectively target our interventions to support these pupils. We hope this will effectively impact on pupil attainment during 2013 – 14.We have also used additional pupil premium funds to purchase diagnostic maths assessment tests which will be used to more successfully target interventions given to individual pupils and increase their effectiveness.

Pupil Premium 2013 – 14

This year pupils attending New Brighton Primary School have received £161,400 in pupil premium.

The percentage of children entitled to pupil premium is 31.4%.

Following last year’s Pupil Premium data analysis funding has been allocated to increase the capacity for effective data analysis between FS and KS1. Training has also been given to all staff on effective tracking of their pupil premium cohorts and the maths assessment materials are being used within KS2 to target interventions more effectively.

Pupil Premium has also been used to increase our capacity to support pupils experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties and their parents. Lat year this support impacted well on pupil confidence, self esteem and anger management within the “Tranquillity Room”. The additional space provided in the Little Lighthouse has also given us the opportunity to increase Family Support Worker support and provide more regular access to multi-disciplinary teams during parental coffee mornings.

We chose to increase TA support this year to expand support and interventions, especially for reading and maths. TA contracts included lunchtimes, where they also provided support to engage pupils in more positive play.

WELLCOMM screening has again been funded this year and FS staff will continue to deliver speech and language support from this in the same way as they did last year as this impacted well on pupil progress.

Access to after school pupils will be funded for Pupil Premium pupils whenever needed to ensure these pupils have equal access to a wide range of valuable and motivational clubs.

Additional administration has also been put in place to improve pupil attendance and support families engaged in Team Around a Family meetings.

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