What is Pupil Premium?  How do we use it in our school?

At Altofts Junior School we recognise that all pupils, regardless of their background, should have equal access to a curriculum that will enable them to reach their potential.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, funding which is additional to the main school budget, is the best way to address some of the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers.  The funding is aimed to tackle disadvantage and to reach the children who need it most.

Children who qualify for Pupil Premium funding include:

  • those who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years;
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months;
  • children of armed service personnel.

Measures are included in performance tables of results that capture the achievement of pupils eligible for free school meals and therefore covered by the Pupil Premium.

In our school,  we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all groups of pupils. We assess and address the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils and ensure that appropriate provision is made for those who belong to vulnerable groups.  In making this provision, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.  The DfE states that "It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility", therefore we allocate our funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.

PUPIL  PREMIUM ALLOCATION

The amount of funding allocated per primary school pupil increased from £953 in 2013-2014 to £1300 in 2014-2015.  In 2012-2013, all pupils who had been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years were also included in the calculation. 

PUPIL PREMIUM 2014-2015

In the financial year 2014-2015, our allocation was £35,100.  This was spent on:

  • Teaching Assistant support to raise attainment and accelerate pupils' progress;
  • Subscription to the Lexia Spelling program to improve pupils' spellings and understanding of phonics;
  • Teaching Assistant support for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs to develop confidence and social skills;
  • One to one literacy and numeracy catch-up sessions for pupils in years 5 and 6;
  • Writing workshops with a visiting author to develop creative writing and composition skills;
  • Writing rewards to raise the profile of writing across school;
  • Subsidies for school visits and residentials to enhance and enrich the curriculum;
  • Weekly attendance rewards and end of year visit to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the class with the best attendance across the year;
  • Support with transport to school for some pupils;
  • Breakfast Club subsidies for Pupil Premium children.

IMPACT 2014-2015

Data analysis evidences that overall progress in reading, writing and maths was at least good for pupils in this group:

In-Year Pupil Premium Progress from Previous Summer

 

Reading

Writing

Maths

Year 3

Inadequate

Good

Inadequate

(Outstanding from KS2 on entry)

(Outstanding from KS2 on entry)

(Outstanding from KS2 on entry)

Year 4

Outstanding

Good

Outstanding

Year 5

Good

Outstanding

Outstanding

Year 6

RI

Good

Outstanding

PUPIL PREMIUM 2015 - 2016

In the current financial year our allocation is £53,300.  In addition to the strategies/resources introduced last year, we will be employing an additional part-time Support Assistant to work with pupils across the school.  We will also be introducing the Premier League Reading Stars scheme, a programme to support the teaching of reading with targeted pupils in years 5 band 6.