Pupil Premium, is additional funding to schools funding. The Department for Education (DfE) has published conditions of ‘Pupil Premium Grant’ (PPG) document for 2013-14.
Three categories of pupils are eligible
Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years)
Looked after children
Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11 in a maintained school.
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils. Please see reports below.
How is it spent?
The Pupil Premium funding that is received by the school annually is used in a variety of ways in order to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning. We ask parents and carers of children receiving the funding, to ask for their ideas on what will help most. Some children will already being doing really well in English, Maths and other subjects. But there may be things we can do to stretch them further, to help them aim higher, or to build their confidence – like having ASpace, residential visits, taking part in activities to develop language or social skills.
We spend some of the money on training staff to make sure that they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children. In addition money is spend on staffing so that we can provide quality first teaching and provide the high quality intervention programmes that meet the needs of all learners.
Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities. If children are behind in English, Maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have special small group or one to one teaching. We call these ‘intervention programmes’. We also choose the classroom approaches and intervention programmes that research shows work. We have utilised strategies from ‘Narrowing the Gap’ and the Sutton Trust EEF toolkit; that have been researched and analysed extensively, to inform us of the best ways to use this money.
We give teachers additional time for Assessment for Learning (AfL) to ensure the children are given specific, accurate and clear feedback. Through AfL they are given clear steps to move forward, on a daily basis and are given regular targets to work towards to support their progress.
Parents are invited into school for workshops such as Literacy & Maths, special assemblies and major events such as the St Scholastica’s Got Talent, Harvest Festival and the Crowning of Our Lady.
Many parents join the Friends of St Scholastica which are instrumental in organising additional events for the children, such as our Christmas Disco, cake sales and the Easter Bonnet competition. As well as raising funds to purchase new equipment for the school as well as trips to the Seaside, Rio Cinema and many more.
Parents also benefit from our Adult Learning Programmes such as ESOL and computing classes, and participate in Learning Through Play and SEAL Parenting run by ASpace.
How much parents and carers get involved with their child’s learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school. So we also spend money on activities that help keep you informed about their targets, and confident in knowing how to support their learning.
We will report to you at parent’s evenings, but if you would like more information on your child’s progress at any time, please get in touch with your child’s class teacher.
Special events such as Science Week and Work Week enhance collaborative learning for pupils outside of their classroom. They work together on learning task and activities. This encourages them to talk and articulate their learning and they learn to work together more effectively within their groups. In addition many responsibilities, such as Library Prefect, School Council, Green Team, as well as being given opportunities to tell others of good work and behaviour during celebration assemblies.
We believe that children have the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential if their emotional and psychological needs are met. The ‘A Space for Support’ service incorporates:
Creative therapies (group and individual art, play or drama therapy sessions)
Counselling for children (emotional support groups and individual sessions)
Counselling/ Consultation for Parents/Carers.
Early Years intervention
EYFS and other groups are screened to identify vulnerable groups and are supported in class, through targeted intervention.
The use of Read, Write Inc is an adult intensive phonics based programme which has a proven record of raising levels for children in phonic decoding, which supports their reading and writing. As well as group daily lessons, those children requiring further support also receive one to one tuition each day.
Lessons have been timetabled to allow individual tutoring for vulnerable groups in the afternoon. These include Literacy, Maths, Speech & Language, ASpace.
A significant is spent on computing, to purchase IPads, update the schools hardware and software in order to allow pupils to develop their computing skills and to use IT as a tool across the curriculum.
The school website is constantly updated and enables all pupils to access exciting safe online learning activities either at school or at home to further their education.
Before and after school activities
These consist of before school reading, homework club and sports activities. As well as supporting the Breakfast Club and the After School Club held at Baden Powell.
Yr 6 children attend school for a week to help prepare them fortheir SATs.
All children take part in Sport, twice a week during school time and learn key skills of team work and fair play. Badu Sport provide a specialist sports coach to promote and develop the PE curriculum. They provide high quality PE lessons, lunch time activities as well as an after school multi sports club.
Other events that we engage to provide the rich and varied curriculum suited to our children are theatre groups, visits from poets, authors and artists. School trips and the Yr. 6 residential to Kench Hill and Kent for the children are supported by PPG funding to ensure all children have access. They enhance the pupils learning experiences and help us to provide an imaginative curriculum that will enable the best possible achievement of children in our school.
How will parents know it is working?
We track all children’s progress each term, so we can quickly see if plans are working. If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will also measure how well they are doing at the start of the programme, and the end, so we can see the difference.
You can also read the school’s annual report on Pupil Premium Spending and Impact.