What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of pupils who are vulnerable to underachievement and close the gap between them and their peers.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, pupil premium funding has increased to £1,320 for each eligible primary-aged pupil from £953 back in 2014.
It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
- registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- been in care for 6 months or longer
In the financial year 2014 to 2015, the school received £102,733 in total.
In the financial year 2015 to 2016, the school received £105,051 in total
In the financial year 2016 to 2017, the school received £96,565 in total.
In the financial year 2017 to 2018, the school received £ 73,920 in total.
(It is estimated in the forthcoming budget for 2018/19 that the school will receive £68,300 in total)
In these past 4 school years, the combined income of £378,269 has been thoughtfully spent in core areas where impact relating to spending can and has been, proven. Approximately 43% of the income is spent on frontline teachers and on support staff, making a difference in the teaching aspect of school life. The school is spending nearer 50% on supporting frontline Learning, including increased levels of support, modern learning technologies and facilitating high-quality in-house continued professional development and external training resources to improve direct teaching. A detailed breakdown of how this has been and will be spent, and the impact of this funding, can be found below within the following documents:
A summarised report (s) of the pupil premium data for previous years can be found below
Summary data for the academic year (s) will be analysed upon release from the government in the subsequent autumn term and displayed in a reader-friendly format.
We have also created Pupil Premium Profiles for different year groups, which exemplify how we have spent the pupil premium funding, for best impact.
What kind of support do we provide for pupil premium children?
The school tracks the progress of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding both as a group and individually, additionally allocating specific teaching, guidance, challenge and support to ensure the funding enables Pupil Premium eligible children to attain to the highest possible level. This is carried out at all levels as Senior Leaders make sure all staff are acutely aware of both the needs and expectations surrounding Pupil Premium.
Some examples of how the funding is used include specific one to one or small group teaching, coaching and conferencing, parent liaison, additional support in specific subjects, early intervention, specialist teaching, speech and language development social-emotional development work.
The teachers with the strongest, proven track records in raising attainment and achievement are the practitioner who works uppermost with the children entitled to Pupil Premium and funding to ensure this quality will remain in place.
What else is in place to help children eligible for pupil premium to achieve well?
At Hazeldown Primary we allocate our Pupil Premium budget to make sure that we have highly skilled teachers working to improve the progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium funding. This means that each team has carefully structured teaching time built into the team to raise the attainment, aspiration, and expectation on pupils. We track their progress very carefully at precise and regular intervals. The leadership team, spend time ensuring that children eligible for the Pupil Premium are stretched and supported to the fullest extent. They are a priority group.
We have also taken on board and worked to improve provision from evidence-based studies, such as the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit. This has included an extensive development of feedback and dialogue strategies for children, and work on metacognition (understanding how we learn, including self-regulation). These have been an investment in all staff, having a specific and clear impact on Pupil Premium children.
In addition to this, the investment in staff to improve the home learning offer has enabled children eligible for pupil premium to learn effectively at home. This has helped children to make greater progress in school.
We also invest school pupil premium funds to make sure that every teacher has the required training and skills to maximise and fulfil their potential. This also includes spending pupil premium funds on training and support to ensure that skilled teaching assistants are providing great quality support and delivering specific intervention programmes for children. This has been particularly evident within Mathematics were ‘Counting to Calculate’ and ‘Success at Arithmetic’ have been delivered successfully by Teaching Assistants.
How do we make sure the support for this child is effective and monitor its impact?
- We track the PP children closely. Teachers return detailed assessments against age-related expectations every half term.
- Teaching assistant advocates meet to discuss the progress and issues arising on an individual basis
- Teachers focus on individual children’s needs – assessment for learning – if progress slows, they intervene quickly to ensure the best progress
- Teaching assistants working with children return regular updates to the SEND team and SLT
- THRIVE (social-emotional) assessments of all children are undertaken every term.
- The leadership team in school hold key information about each PP child and review progress specifically. This includes regular monitoring of books and outcomes for children.
- The specialist teacher (from SLT) assigned responsibility for PP children tracks all PP children extensively. Any adjustments that need to be made to provision can be undertaken quickly to maximise progress. Each child is personally tracked on overview boards in the SLT office.
- Observations of pupil premium children in the class and pupil conference meetings help to ensure the quality of provision.
What is the impact of our support?
Children with Pupil Premium funding attain above the national level for Reading. Pupil premium children also make more than the average level of progress across Key Stage 2, and indeed across their whole time in school. The school is working extremely hard to ensure the gap in attainment between those without Pupil Premium and those with Pupil Premium is closed and to ensure all children attain and achieve highly, irrespective of their group.
If you have any questions at all about this approach, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of staff.
If you believe your child may be eligible for Free School Meals or are unsure about this – please contact our school office as soon as possible.