Minster C of E Primary School
Pupil Premium Report to Parents September 2016
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding for vulnerable children who are statistically proven to underachieve academically compared to their peers. Pupil Premium is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used to address any underlying inequalities between children who are eligible and their peers. To ensure that funding reaches the pupils who need it most we closely monitor individual children academically as well as socially and emotionally. Children qualify for Pupil Premium if they fall into one of the three following categories:
It is our aim that all pupils receive the best possible education and are encouraged and supported with their learning so they attain and achieve well. We maintain a clear focus on any pupils who are not reaching expected attainment or making adequate progress and have a clear tracking system with Provision Maps in place to ensure we monitor and target any support that is necessary. We also liaise with outside agencies and communicate with parents/carers so they are kept informed. The school makes every effort to encourage families who are able to claim Free School Meals to do so.
Free School Meals
To be eligible for a Free School Meal, families need to receive one of the following benefits:
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax credit) – if the household income is below £16,190
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if you are an asylum seeker
If you qualify your child/children will be able to receive a Free School Meal as well as the Pupil Premium grant to support them in school. From September the school is given £1,320 per child that fit this criterion. This makes a significant difference to their education. Your child does not have to have the hot meal for the school to receive the funding.
Children in Care
Children in Care are automatically eligible for funding with the Pupil Premium. As a school we bid for the funding. We detail, with supporting evidence, the additional interventions that the children receive and the cost of this support to the school. Children in Care are eligible for funding up to £1900 this academic year.
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces. This Service Premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. It is also use to close any attainment gaps.
Objectives of the Pupil Premium in this School
The Head Teacher and governing body have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that it represents value for money.
The Head Teacher and Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact
Strategies Used to Close The Gap - What does Minster C of E Primary spend its Pupil Premium on?
Research by the Sutton Trust (Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit) on Pupil Premium provisionFeedback (+8 months) 1:1 time each week with a learning coach to focus on next steps. This coach is a ‘significant adult’ in their life who takes a special and individual interest in a child’s achievement and is particularly focused on Writing. This coaching does include other areas if needed. 1:1 Tuition (+5 months) 1:1 time with a qualified teacher to focus on gaps in learning in English and Maths Small Group Tuition (+4 months) Group work with a qualified teacher / TA to narrow gaps in learning Phonics (+4 months) Smaller learning groups, 1:1 and small group tuition to bridge gaps in learning (EYFS to Yr 4) Reducing Learning Group Sizes (+3 months) Smaller learning groups in Literacy and Maths Early Years Intervention (+4 months) Teacher working directly with Pupil Premium children Social and Emotional Learning (+4 months) Behaviour Intervention (+4 months) 1:1 counselling, Behaviour Management and Social Skills, Nurture Groups, 1:1 and small group Mentor Support in class (targeted pupils across the whole school), Flo support for vulnerable children and their families and The Lighthouse Project for individual and family support. Collaborative Learning (+5 months) Pointing out the skills and practicing the skills of collaborative learning though work in the classroom and with Behaviour and Learning mentors. Work on personal self-esteem so more reticent pupils have the confidence to speak up and participate in group work and open activities with confidence (across the whole school) Parental Involvement (+3 months) Working with parents to encourage participation with their child’s learning progress (targeted pupils across the whole school) Digital Technology (+4 months) Ipad project, filming and analysis of teaching and learning, pupil use of ipad technology (Yrs 3-6) Outdoor and Adventure Learning (+3 months) Cost of new school minibuses, funding of trips Sports and Arts participation (+2 months) Additional monies to specific projects and subject budgets After school programmes (+2 months) Financial assistance to school clubs
The school also uses an amount of funding to pay for educational experiences, Breakfast Club and resources that we believe will encourage effort and progress.
In the classrooms we have invested time and training in developing formative marking and encouraging pupil response; involving pupils in their learning path and sharing accountability with them for personal progress. Quality feedback is making a real difference to the progress of pupils across the school.
This extensive additional provision means that many more pupils now receive extra support than in previous years. This is reflected in improving results and upward trend at the end of Key Stages 1 & 2 and better Average Points Progress across the school.
Use of Pupil Premium
To ensure the greatest impact in narrowing any attainment gaps in 2016-17 we have used the funding, along with other school resources in accordance with research on the most effective use of Pupil Premium conducted by the Sutton Trust (Education Endowment Foundation).
We have also spent other school budgets on developing many other areas of the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit e.g. feedback, meta-cognition and self-regulation, peer tutoring and developing parental involvement.