Use of Pupil Premium in 2015/16
The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2014-15 will be extended to pupils who have been subject to a residency order or been adopted after being in care since 2005.
Funds were allocated to facilitate access to education and the curriculum, provide additional teaching and learning opportunities and additional support and intervention. Our aim is to narrow the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
As a school we were allocated £29,040 for the financial year 2015/16, which will be allocated in three instalments across the academic year – April 2015, October 2015 and February 2016. The funding was allocated to the following key areas:
Focused Intervention and Support: £21,615
School Leadership and Governors identified the continued need for greater focused intervention for academic areas particularly phonics and writing. From September 2015, an additional part time teacher was employed to enable pupils in Year 4 and 5 to be split into 3 groups for English and Mathematics, creating smaller teaching groups and focused teaching towards particular ability and need. This also enabled the continuation of split classes for English and Mathematics across Key Stage 1 and teaching assistants to support disadvantaged pupils in other classes across the school to support in class, as well as deliver small group and 1 to 1 direct teaching. This intervention package is tailored to pupil need across the whole school and will be monitored on a half termly basis in standard and achievement review meetings.
Educational Opportunities and Visits: £4,113
As part of our ongoing curriculum organisation, we frequently offer curriculum support, enrichment and extension activities to all pupils. Some activities take place within school where experts, consultants or visiting specialists come into school and work with pupils. Other activities take the form of educational visits, including residential opportunities for Key Stage 2 children eg. Robinwood Activity Centre in Year 6 and Grinton Lodge in Year 5. Each year group will experience at least one in school enrichment opportunity or educational visit every half term. These opportunities are often supported by parental donations towards entry fees, accommodation or subsistence costs, however for disadvantaged pupils a school contribution is often allocated to reduce the overall cost for these pupils. Where disadvantaged pupils choose to learn a musical instrument or take part in extra-curricular activities, this tuition is also subsidised from Pupil Premium funding.
Educational Resources: £3,312
To support pupils in basic skills we have purchased specific resources which are differentiated to support pupils’ needs. These include Read, Write Inc. Spelling resources, Mathletics, Accelerated Reader and Speech and Language link. Staff have received training and pupils assessed to ascertain specific individual targets. These resources are used within our individual and small group sessions to consolidate and extend pupils’ basic skills.
Impact of Pupil Premium Funding for 2015/16
Throughout 2015/16, Pupil Premium funding was used to create bespoke support packages which included tutoring, small group support, the provision of additional resources and various enrichment activities. There was a commitment to continuous evaluation of how best the funding could raise pupil achievement.
End of Key Stage 2 – 2015/16
60% of pupils (2 of the 5 pupils were also SEN and 1 of these pupils joined the school mid-way through the autumn term of Year 6) who received Pupil Premium funding achieved at least the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics by the end of Key Stage 2.
60% of pupils who received Pupil Premium funding achieved the expected standard in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
The average standardised Score in Mathematics, Reading and Writing for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium in 2015/16 was 101 for Maths, 100 for Reading and 103 for English Grammar and Punctuation.
Key Stage 2 – 2015/16
Disadvantaged pupils in Year 3-5 on average made more than expected progress in Reading, Writing and Maths.
End of Key Stage 1 – 2015/16
100% of pupils (4 pupils) who received Pupil Premium funding achieved at least the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths with 75% working at greater depth in Reading. Pupils achieved an average standardised score of 107 in Reading and 105 in Maths.
End of Reception – 2015/16
100% of pupils (2 pupils) who received Pupil Premium funding achieved at least a good level of development.
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check – 2015/16
The 1 pupil eligible for Pupil Premium funding was one point away (31/32) from achieving at least the expected standard in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. At the beginning of the academic year, the pupil achieved 1/32 in a mock test using past Phonic Screening Check materials.
Three Year Summary
Pupils who received Pupil Premium funding for Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined:
- 2013 – 100% Level 4 combined Reading, Writing and Maths
(Overall APS – 29.6)
- 2014 – 66.7% Level 4 combined Reading, Writing, GPS and Maths
(Overall APS – 29.8)
- 2015 – 100% Level 4 combined Reading, Writing, GPS and Maths
(Overall APS – 30.1)
- 2016 – 60% expected standard combined Reading Writing, GPS and Maths.