St. Andrew's Church of England Methodist Primary School

St. Andrew’s
Church of EnglandMethodist Primary School

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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are known to be eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible at any point in time over the past six years. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used and it's impact.

Why has it been introduced?

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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.

How do we raise Attainment and Achievement for all pupils?

  • At St Andrew’s we organise teaching and learning to meet the needs of all children in the best way possible so every child has an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met.
  • We understand the importance of ensuring that all day to day teaching meets the needs of each learner. We ensure that intervention is purposeful and maximises potential.
  • We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free schools meals.  
  • We will allocate Pupil Premium Funding after a needs analysis to identify priority groups and individuals; focusing particularly on Mathematics and English.
  • Equally we focus on nurturing children to have a positive attitude about them as a learner and increasing their self-belief and esteem through targeted groups.
  • We use achievement data to check whether interventions or techniques are working and adapt teaching and learning accordingly.
  • We plan personalised learning opportunities through one to one tuition and additional small group interventions.
  • We plan enhanced curricular opportunities such as school visits, residential trips and extra curriculum activities that are accessible to disadvantaged children.

How are we spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement?

Provision for 2017/2018:

Pupil Premium Funding: £15,840

  • Extra Teaching Assistant hours to support Class Teachers in giving further effective feedback and guided intervention groups. Teaching Assistants are also highly trained and understand their role in helping pupils to achieve their full potential by delivering intervention programmes.
  • Providing targeted 1:1 and group tuition focusing on Literacy and Numeracy, to support gaps and barriers to learning and accelerate progress for all pupils working in order to improve access to the whole curriculum.
  • Purchase of IPads for extended learning opportunities and to engage pupils with new technology.
  • Staff training based on strategies to develop awareness of learning for all and meeting the needs of every pupil.
  • Providing staffing and resources to deliver one-to-one Phonics Intervention Groups.
  • 100% subsidy of all trips and visits that fall outside normal school hours (Whitehall £200, Lea Green £80, Manchester Lowry Theatre £18) and discretionary subsidy for all others

What impact have these measures had on our children?

  • As each class has only one or two children entitled to this support, giving data on the specific impact of this support would enable these children to be identified.
  • We use Pupil Premium to support our very small number of disadvantaged children across a range of needs and abilities. 
  • In 2014-15 children who received Free School Meals or Look After Children, on average, made progress in Reading and Writing that compares favourably with their peer, and at least in line with the national average.
  • The gap between attainment/progress of most vulnerable children/identified children and their peers has reduced particularly when early intervention has been implemented in Key Stage 1. This is something that we will continue to develop within the school as part of our School Development Planning.
  • Pupils display improved emotional well-being and have an improved attitude to learning which has impacted on their overall progress.

Planned expenditure for 2018-19 £17580

  • Significant increase in, and restructuring of Teaching Assistant hours to give specific targeted support to disadvantaged pupils individually and in small groups.
  • Providing targeted 1:1 and group tuition focusing on Literacy and Numeracy, to support gaps and barriers to learning and accelerate progress for all pupils working in order to improve access to the whole curriculum.
  • 100% subsidy of all trips and visits that fall outside normal school hours and discretionary subsidy for all others.
  • 1:1 tuition outside of school hours.

How do we monitor the effective provision through pupil premium funding?

  • Target groups highlighted within regular school monitoring processes such as progress data and attendance data.
  • Progress data analysed and shared.
  • Monitoring of interventions and support recorded so they are allocated fairly.
  • Headteacher’s reports to Curriculum Committee and Full Governors.

 How do I know if my child is entitled to Pupil premium funding?

  • Please contact school if you think your child may be entitled to support through the Pupil Premium, this includes children who are adopted. All enquires will be treated in the strictest confidence.  For more details on the pupil premium please visit : http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium