Pupil Premium Grant

 

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as 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. The Pupil Premium is allocated to school and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, at Hartpury we believe that parents have a key role to play in this process and as such each year we arrange meetings to discuss the individual spending plan for each child and talk about any additional requirements parents may feel are necessary. Furthermore, the school is keen to promote interventions and academic support programs that have proven track records and evidence for their success in furthering the learning of disadvantaged children; therefore we utilise a range of resources to ensure the interventions that we choose are robust, effective and value for money.

The School Leadership Team and the Governing Body monitors the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.

For the financial year 2016/17 the school has been allocated £10400 of pupil premium money to be allocated to the individual needs of 8 children.

At Hartpury our small group of pupil premium children have a wide range of barriers to their learning which will be addressed with this year’s funding including:

  • Speech & Language development and the acquisition of early reading and writing skills.
  • Fundamental maths skills (timestables/place value) and confidence in this subject area
  • Spelling knowledge and the independance to apply this in written work
  • Early developmental social skills – Turn taking/Sharing (Reception)
  • Developing higher order thinking skills in maths.

Strategies to overcome barriers:

  • Small group support with teaching assistants: 40% – As well as targeted intervention support (focussing on specific areas of academic learning or social/emotional support) this also includes a highly effective program that allows a teaching assistant with Qualified Teacher Status to work one-to-one with each Pupil Premium child to review KS2 English and Maths marking; helping them address next steps in learning. We also run our ‘Solve It’ set which is a discussion based maths group that includes children working at greater depth in maths and allows them to develop their problem solving and higher order thinking skills.
  • One-to-One Tuition: 30% – Each child receiving the Pupil Premium is eligible for 10 weeks of 1:1 maths tuition (On occasions this is delivered in a small group format dependent on the individual involved).
  • Additional resources to support teaching: 20% – The school has funded numerous resources and schemes to help aid Pupil Premium children to achieve their full potential; 2 such schemes include Rapid reading and Rapid Writing. Through 1:1 reading support and parental discussions we are also able to identify and purchase inspiring reading material that is individually selected for pupil premium children.
  • Trips and activities: 10%

Additional Spending:

The school attempts to be flexible with its spending arrangements and as such has several other areas of spending that are put in place on a case-by-case basis, including:

  • The purchase of laptops to allow children to be able to access the online learning platforms that support KS2 spelling and maths homework; this scheme is to support those children that do not have access to a computer at home.
  • 1:1 feedback Marking – The school has invested funds to provide a personalised follow-up program for class marking. Children work 1:1 with a teaching assistant to address issues that arise in class. This has been highly successful and is a strategy that has been shared with other local primary schools.
  • Peripatetic music tuition – The school recognises the value of music tuition to promote self esteem and enjoyment of school life. Several children are supported in their music tuition via pupil premium.

The school has had great success with its approaches to overcoming barriers with disadvantaged children. We have found that the 1:1 tuition and small group intervention programs have really helped to fill gaps in knowledge and further promote learning opportunities. Furthermore, the ability of the school to tailor a program of support to the individual needs of each child has meant that, through close monitoring, they achieve and progress in line with their peers.

The impact of the above support is measured through in-school tracking data. Interventions and academic support is monitored by the class teacher on a daily basis and pupil progress meetings occur with the Head Teacher each 1/2 term. All pupil’s attainment and progress (including pupil premium children) is monitored and discussed at this meeting and interventions are evaluated and new targets set.

Pupil premium spending is reviewed at the end of each half term with class teachers and full termly with Governors. A revised plan is drafted when funding is released in April and this is utilised as a working document from this point.

Hartpury CofE Primary Pupil Premium Performance 2015/16:

In 2015/16 funding was allocated as outlined in our 2016/17 breakdown above.

In 2015/16  2 children receiving  the pupil premium participated in the KS2 SATs:

KS2 2015/16 Reading Writing Maths
Expected Standard+ 100% 50% 50%
*One child missed this standard by 1 mark.
Progress 1.25 -6.89 -1.78

In 2015/16  0 children receiving  the pupil premium participated in the KS1 SATs.

The use of Pupil Premium to enhance children’s wider experiences has been invaluable in building self confidence and allowing children to follow interests and activities that would otherwise be difficult to access. From peripatetic music tuition to school trips the use of pupil premium allows all children to enjoy and flourish in all areas of school.In year tracking shows that the children in receipt of the pupil premium grant that did not participate in national tests are achieving in line with their peers and very often making accelerated progress. In several areas where children have had access to bespoke resources, brought to meet their particular academic needs and additional support to access these, these children have made outstanding progress.

This page will be updated in when National statistics for 2016/17.