Bushfield Road Infant School

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Pupil Premium

PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT

Pupil Premium Grant is Government funding allocated to all schools and academies to narrow the attainment gap between pupils eligible for Pupil Premium and those not eligible.

The criteria for Pupil Premium is children who have been in receipt of Free School at any time in the last 6 years, pupils who have left care under a special guardianship order or under a child arrangement/Residency order.

Schools are responsible for providing additional support for these pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential, and every school must decide on how this grant will be used to ensure this.

At Bushfield Road Infant School, Pupil Premium grant is used in a wide variety of ways to provide additional support, interventions and experiences which will ensure they make at least good or better progress in reading, writing and maths from their starting points.

PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2017/2018

For this academic year there are 20% of main school pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. This results in the school receiving Pupil Premium Grant to the total of £60,980.

All pupils are tracked carefully to ensure that good or better progress is being made and that appropriate support and activities are in place to meet targets and individual needs.

Through a wide range of distinctive teaching approaches, effective interventions, additional support for Pupil Premium including extra reading sessions, Special time, Learning mentor support, alongside excellent first quality teaching, projects and clubs, the school has continued to work hard to narrow and close the gap between the attainment of pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium children.

Summary of spending for the year includes:

  • Learning Mentor to support children and families to remove barriers to learning and to promote motivation and engagement with the curriculum and school activities.
  • Specialist Teaching Assistant to support and promote identified Communication & Interaction and Speech & Language needs.
  • Subsidy of educational visits and workshops.
  • Additional interventions and support to promote reading and further improve skills.
  • Projects and opportunities linked to enterprise and community links.
  • Self-esteem groups such as ‘Happy to be me’ led by Learning Mentor to improve self-confidence and to promote positive thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Gardening club to promote a wide range of skills and to develop self-confidence and communication.
  • Teaching assistants within all classrooms to support emotional well-being alongside learning.

The overall impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is reported at the end of the academic year, when all end of Key stage and end of year assessments have been completed and analysis undertaken. The following action plan ensures pupil Premium and other groups of pupils succeed in making good or better progress. Pupil Premium funding is dedicated to ensure PP children receive specific support and focused intervention tailored to their particular needs.

ACTION PLAN TO NARROW/CLOSE THE GAP:

The following action plan ensures pupil Premium and other groups of pupils succeed in making good or better progress. Pupil Premium funding is dedicated to ensure PP children receive specific support and focused intervention tailored to their particular needs

KNOW THE GAP

ACTIONS

Provide a consistently supportive culture within the school and promote high levels of self- esteem.

(Mission Statement.)

Identify Pupil Premium as a potentially vulnerable group. Know your pupils.

Learning Mentor and TAs to raise self-esteem and self -confidence through ‘Happy to be me’ programme and/or ‘Special Time.’

MIND THE GAP

ACTIONS

Teachers and Senior Leadership Team accountable for narrowing the gap, through target setting within individual Performance Management and rigorous assessment and progress tracking.

Consistently high expectations and aspirations for all pupils.

Identify appropriate Interventions & additional support and activities to narrow gaps. Monitor impact.

NARROW THE GAP

ACTIONS

Ensure full access to the curriculum and beyond.

 

Maximise opportunities for Talk for Learning/ Talk for Writing and Enterprise. Ensure teaching styles meet the needs of pupil learning styles.

Provide interventions and additional support matched to need, including emotional well-being.

Engage in rigorous monitoring alongside early intervention and actions to ensure good or better progress is made over time.

Engage families in children’s learning and provide appropriate support for families through Early Help.

Involve ‘hard to reach’ parents/carers.

Learning Mentor to focus on removing barriers to learning.

IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2016/2017

Each year the school continues to work hard to narrow gaps which exist nationally between the attainment of Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium children. Support has been provided through a wide range of distinctive teaching approaches, effective interventions and additional support for Pupil Premium including additional reading sessions and funded after school clubs. Some children have also benefitted from significant support from the school’s Learning Mentor, for example ‘Special Time’ which is designed to develop self-confidence, to promote social interaction and to address social and emotional well-being. Excellent first quality teaching and learning is always a priority, and many PP pupils receive additional support from teachers and skilled Teaching Assistants. Pupil Premium children also participate in projects and after school clubs which enhance a range of skills.

The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant for 2016/17 was significant and demonstrated good value for money. Using the progress guide from their end of EYFS attainment, all pupils surpassed their predicted attainment in reading, writing and maths. This demonstrates that PP pupils made good or better progress over the year from their starting points, with significant improvements to their language and communication skills, willingness to face challenges and determination to do their best. A high proportion of these pupils (47%) also received support for Special Educational Needs.

The year 2 cohort was made up of 56 pupils, of which 30.3% were Pupil Premium and therefore entitled to Pupil Premium Grant. This funding was used to improve progress and attainment to increase self-esteem and independence and to teach and consolidate key skills.

Following assessments and SATS at the end of key stage 1 2017:

In reading, writing and maths, 100% of PP pupils not receiving SEND support achieved the expected level or above. This matches the attainment of non- SEND Pupil Premium children in school. In 2017 therefore, the attainment of Pupil Premium is in line with Non-Pupil Premium and therefore there are no attainment gaps between these groups of children.

Pupil Premium FSM Parent Letter Oct 2018 >