Pupil Premium Strategy
Pupil Premium Grant 2015-2016
The Government is concerned that, nationally, there is an attainment gap between those who are eligible for benefits based Free School Meals (FSMs) and those who are not. The Pupil Premium Grant is designed to support schools in narrowing that gap. As part of our review this year, we have used research information from the Sutton Trust to further develop the effectiveness of strategies and interventions we use to close that attainment gap.
- 27% of pupils across the school were in the Pupil Premium group ( including Nursery)
- 40 out of 91 Year Two pupils were in the Pupil Premium group (44% of pupils in the year group)
- Pupil Premium funding allocated to the school (including Pupil Premium pupils in Nursery) was £143,105
How the Pupil Premium Funding was used (2015-2016 academic year)
- Additional support staff employed to provide intervention with individual children and small groups of pupils
- Intervention Manager employed to implement, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention work with pupils. This teacher has provided additional teaching support in all year groups as well as training staff that are implementing specific intervention. The role involves monitoring the achievement of each pupil so that the gap in attainment narrows.
- Family Support Worker employed to work with parents and pupils in order to improve learning, welfare and attendance
- Curriculum enhancement and enrichment opportunities provided through visits and visitors to the school. These have included story telling, drama and theatre groups to develop the performing arts; Pantomimus to develop music skills; provision of outdoor learning experiences for all pupils at Ufton Court, visits to Reading Museum to support the History curriculum in Year Two, a trip to a market garden and Rushall Farm for all pupils in Year One and a Miller’s Ark Farm visit for every child to develop knowledge and understanding in Science and PSHE skills
- Provision of a non class based SENCo (Special Needs Coordinator) to provide intervention and additional teaching and training for adults undertaking intervention programmes with small groups and individual pupils
Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant 2015-2016
- By the end of the Reception year the attainment gap between of the Pupil Premium group and non Pupil Premium group had begun to close in PSED and Communication, Language and Literacy which underpins learning across the curriculum
- Progress of pupils in the Pupil Premium group was in broadly in line with the pupils not in this group in all six areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum. There were no significant differences.
In Year One:
- The progress of pupils receiving Pupil Premium was excellent and significantly higher than progress for pupils not in that group in reading. The attainment gap in reading is beginning to close as a result of reading intervention.
- In writing, the progress of Pupil Premium pupils was above the expected level and almost matches the pupils not in the Pupil Premium group. The attainment gap has reduced over the year.
- In Maths there was no significant difference in the progress of pupils receiving Pupil Premium and those not in that group. The progress of that group was above the expected level. At this time there is still a gap in terms of attainment and high quality intervention will continue to ensure that this gap closes.
In Year Two
- By the end of the year there was no significant difference in the progress of Pupil Premium Pupils and pupils not in that group in reading.
- There was no significant difference in the attainment or progress of pupils in the Pupil Premium group and the non Pupil Premium group in writing.
- There was no significant difference in progress or attainment in maths between the pupils in the Pupil Premium Group and those pupils not in that group.
No comparisons can yet be made between the progress and attainment of the Pupil Premium group data for the Local Authority and the National data for 2016.
- The Pupil Premium funding continues to be used as and when needed to ensure that pupils receive high quality teaching consistently and timely tailored interventions with highly trained, skilled staff. The whole school ethos of high expectations for all has an impact upon every pupil.
- Pupil Premium meetings are held each term with team leaders and class teachers to monitor the progress of individual pupils receiving the funding. The impact of intervention is evaluated and further intervention put into place if required, to ensure that rapid progress is made towards identified attainment targets.
- The individualised teaching programme in place for the teaching of reading has had a high impact upon progress and attainment for every child in the school. Pupils make rapid progress as a result of excellent teaching and tailored reading targets and intervention. Parents are clear about pupil targets and they are very positive about the progress and attainment of their children.
- Every individual pupil has challenging targets set at the beginning of each academic year that are monitored half termly. Progress of all groups, including the Pupil Premium group, is closely monitored. Reporting to the Governing Body and Local Authority occurs each term.
- Every pupil has benefitted from the range of high quality curriculum enhancements offered, such as theatre groups, dance and drama experiences, school trips to Reading Museum and to the Market Garden and Rushall Farm and opportunities for outdoor learning at Ufton Court. These opportunities have enabled pupils to experience learning beyond the classroom and have contributed to their motivation, engagement and aspirations.
- The Family Support Worker continues to support families with aspects that can affect learning such as attendance of pupils, welfare and accessing curriculum enhancement opportunities. A number of pupils receiving Pupil Premium participated in extra curricular and curriculum enhancement opportunities this year.
For further information, please see the data dashboard on the Ofsted website. This site updates the data in February each year. Therefore, data from the previous July will appear the following February.
Pupil Premium Grant 2016-2017
Current number of eligible pupils in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One eligible: 96 pupils
Pupil Premium Grant: £110,140
Main barriers to educational achievement:
- Significant gap in pupil attainment on entry to school (Reception year) when comparing Pupil Premium pupils and those not in that group
- Readiness for ‘successful learning’ on entry to school – many children need support to develop active learning and independence skills when starting school
- Significant numbers of pupils have difficulties with speech and language and this has an impact upon progress across the curriculum
- Some pupils lack aspiration and engagement which can affect their ability to concentrate upon a task or maintain concentration when learning
- Attendance of pupils requires close monitoring to ensure that children are in school whenever possible, accessing all learning opportunities. The school has close links with the Education Welfare Officer (EWO).
- A number of families receive support from the Family Support Worker where there may be contextual factors that can impact upon attendance, learning, behaviour and welfare of pupils
- The need to engage all parents in supporting their children and the school so that all pupils are able to access every opportunity provided
- Lack of take up of additional educational / extra curricular opportunities by a significant number of families
How the Pupil Premium Funding will be spent (2016 - 2017 academic year)
Additional support staff employed to provide intervention with individual children and small groups of pupils:
- Literacy Teaching and Learning Assistants that will implement our 1:1 reading system, ensuring progress in reading is rapid and sustained (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
- Literacy Teaching and Learning Assistants to provide tailored writing intervention programmes for small groups of pupils (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
- Literacy Teaching and Learning Assistants to provide phonics intervention so that pupils are able to apply their phonic knowledge when reading and writing (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
- Intervention Manager employed to implement, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of intervention work with pupils. This teacher will continue to provide additional teaching support in all year groups as well as training all staff that are implementing specific intervention.
- Intervention teacher to work with targeted groups in Nursery and Reception classes, particularly developing PSED, Phonics and Communication and Language skills
- Family Support Worker employed to work with parents and pupils of all year groups in order to continue to improve learning, welfare and attendance
- Curriculum enhancement and enrichment opportunities provided through a variety of visits and visitors to the school. These will reflect a range of curriculum areas and enhance learning opportunities for the pupils in all year groups.
- Provision of extra curricular opportunities to further engage pupils in activities that develop physical and personal skills (Year 1 and Year 2)
- Provision of drama opportunities with an experienced teacher of Drama to develop Spoken Language and experience of Performing Arts (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
- Provision of a non class based SENCo (Special Needs Coordinator) to implement Intervention for pupils and provide additional teaching and training so that pupils in all year groups are able to achieve successfully
- Implementation of ‘Maths – No Problem’ (Singapore Maths) as the result of analysis of its effectiveness. This is designed to develop higher level mathematical understanding and application of knowledge for pupils across the school.
Total costs £110,140
How we will measure the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant:
- The attainment gap between pupils receiving the Pupil Premium Grant and the non Pupil Premium group will close by the time they leave Year 2 in reading, writing and maths. We aim for the gap in attainment to reduce in each year group, as a result of accelerated progress through timely intervention.
- Pupils in all year groups are engaged and demonstrate ‘successful learning’ skills in all aspects of the curriculum
- Pupils demonstrate higher level thinking skills in independent learning
Next Pupil Premium Strategy Review: 3rd July 2017
A.Whyatt Pupil Premium Manager July 2016