The Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The pupil premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, to children who have been ‘looked after’ in the care of the Local Authority for one day or more and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Schools must spend the extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged groups.
Pupil Premium Funding 2018-2019
For the financial year 2018-2019, Pupil Premium funding was £21,120 (FSM). 14.4% of the children at Priory Common School receive pupil premium funding.
Aims of the funding
To improve the number of pupils making expected progress in maths, English and science i.e. diminishing the difference between our disadvantaged children and all other pupils.
To ensure the disadvantaged pupils receive interventions which will enable them to maximise progress and attainment.
To support and develop pupils’ experiences within school so that disadvantage is minimised.
In order to improve progress and raise attainment of the Pupil Premium pupils the allocation of funding focused on the following areas:
- Small group teaching using Teaching Assistants for the development of phonics using the Read write inc. programme and resources. The children are grouped according to ability for these sessions - £20621
- Training for Teaching Assistants supporting the Pupil Premium children (cost included in small group teaching using Teaching Assistants)
- 1:1 and small group support for children in order to target areas of weakness and misconceptions (cost included in small group teaching using Teaching Assistants)
- The provision of a Learning Mentor to support interventions required for children who are working below age expectations - £3363
- Support for staff in managing the children with complex needs - £1532
- Read write inc. training for the support staff - £132
- Individual and small group support to develop English proficiency (cost included in small group teaching using Teaching Assistants)
- Breakfast sessions to develop reading (cost included in small group teaching using Teaching Assistants)
- Focused support during early morning sessions to develop the children’s phonic skills and to target individual under achievement (cost included in small group teaching using Teaching Assistants)
- FSM eligibility checking software - £550
Other support for Pupil Premium pupils:
Subsidised holiday sessions to enable pupils to receive the support necessary to enable them to attend these sessions.
Additional English acquisition sessions for Pupil Premium Pupils including training sessions for TA with responsibility for EAL pupils.
Training sessions for the Learning Mentor to support the Pupil Premium pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Modelling and mentoring from an experienced member of staff from the partnership school to support staff who are working with Pupil Premium Pupils with complex needs.
- Both of the pupil premium children who attended the breakfast phonics session increased their knowledge of year 1 common exception words (1 child moved from 20 to 43 words and the other child moved from 26 to 44 words). There are 45 year 1 common exception words.
- Attendance – school attendance for the pupil premium children is an average of 96.2% compared to non-pupil premium children whose average attendance is 96.1%. The average attendance for all pupils is 96.1%. Nationally the average figures for primary children in 2017/2018 was 95.3% and for children on free school meals in 2017/2018 was 92.7%. (School attendance data February 2019.)
- In writing (DoL February 2019), more pupil premium pupils in years 1 and 2 are making good progress from their starting points compared to all pupils.
- In reading (DoL February 2019), in year 1, more pupils are making good progress from their starting points than all pupils and in year 2, fewer pupil premium pupils are making good progress than all pupils.
- In maths (DoL February 2019), in year 1 more pupil premium pupils are making good progress from their starting points compared to all pupils and in year 2, pupil premium pupils are making good progress in line with all pupils.