Pupil Premium

Impact of Pupil Premium 2015-16 and plans for 2016-17

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. The Government believe that the pupil premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address any inequalities between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. This money is for schools to decide how to use but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. From September 2012 schools are obliged to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support they receive.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to the school and is generated by children:

  • who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years
  • who are or have been ‘looked after’ continuously by a Local Authority for more than 6 months;
  • from service families.

We believe that every child should be encouraged and supported to achieve the best standards of which he or she is capable, and through the careful spending of our pupil premium funding and additional support put in place by the Governors, we can provide the very best learning possible.

St Swithun’s has 53 children eligible for the pupil premium. Fourteen of these pupils have special educational needs

Use of Pupil Premium 2015-16

In 2015-16 the level of the premium was £1,300 per pupil known to be eligible for FSM, £1900 for currently or previously in local authority care, and £300 for those children whose parents serve in the armed forces. The school received a total of £53,020 Pupil Premium funding allocated as follows:

It is difficult to measure the impact of the provision for pupils eligible for pupil premium as the national tests and internal assessment of pupils’ progress changed in 2015-16 so one cannot make comparisons with the pupils’ starting points. Teachers suggest the provision put in place last academic year had an impact, but there are no robust data to compare starting points. The extra staff, such as teaching assistants, our lunchtime playworker, the Inclusion Manager provided and the specifically commissioned speech and language support had an impact with many pupils. A number of specific intervention programmes were purchased and a new maths scheme introduced, which also made a difference to the progress of this cohort of pupils.

However, it is clear from the data at the end of 2015-16 that pupils eligible for the grant are achieving less well than other pupils across the school:

  Number of eligible pupils on track

 

Percentage of eligible pupils on track Percentage of all pupils on track
Reading 37/53 70% 79%
Writing 33/53 62% 80%
Mathematics 35/53 66% 83%

Provisional plan for 2015-16

In 2015-16 the level of the premium is £1,300 per pupil known to be eligible for FSM, £1900 for currently or previously in local authority care, and £300 for those children whose parents serve in the armed forces. The school received a total of £48,840 Pupil Premium funding and is planning to allocate it as follows:

Aspect Allocation Intended outcome
Occupational Therapy

 

2,100 Delver specific programmes to relevant pupils
Speech and language support 1,560 Assessment, training and delivery of relevant programmes
Specific intervention programmes 11,083 Delivery of specific intervention programmes
Inclusion courses 1,250 Courses to support specific needs of pupils

 

HLTA – Inclusion

 

15,612 Frequent monitoring and support of pupils, including conferences
Proportion of out of class Inclusion Manager 8,879 Early identification of vulnerable pupils and targeted, personalised support.
Additional Staff 4,750 To narrow the gap in phonics, spelling, reading and maths
Clubs / tuition subsidy

 

500 Broaden experiences for targeted pupils
Play worker – lunchtime

 

3,106 Ensure inclusion of vulnerable pupils at lunchtimes
TOTAL £48,840  

In addition to this we offer a range of wider opportunities to support our pupil premium pupils. These are designed in order to promote positive school experiences, and develop a range of social and emotional strategies. These are not reserved exclusively for pupils in receipt of additional funding, but they are prioritised.

The impact of the 2016-17 funding will be evaluated in July 2017.