Pupil Premium Information – updated November 2019
What is the Pupil Premium and how do we spend it?
Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school’s budget and depends on the number of “looked after” children in school as well as those who have registered for ‘free school meals’. Schools are free to decide how to spend this money to support the pupils that it’s allocated to. For the 2019-20 financial year we received £150 480 in pupil premium funding.
Some pupil premium children need to catch up academically, some need social and emotional support - and some pupil premium children achieve very well and we offer other support in the form of opportunities which their parents might not otherwise be able to afford.
How will we spend pupil premium money at St Paul’s?
We offer academic support for pupil premium children who need to “catch up” and also support for pupil premium children with the potential to reach the higher standards. We also offer tuition and support for pupil premium children who have talents, such as sport or music, which could be nurtured. In addition, we support some pupil premium families which are in highly challenging circumstances with a variety of practical issues such as childcare through our extended services – breakfast and after school club. Our expenditure this year is allocated for:
- HLTA intervention to accelerate the progress of children to reach their potential - either age related expectations or the higher level if the child has potential.
- Pupil and Family Support x 1.6 people - to support children and families with a variety of social and emotional challenges which could form barriers to learning, and in order to build self esteem and resilience.
- Free music lessons where interest / ability is evident.
- Subsidised educational visits.
- Free breakfast and after school clubs may be offered if particular family circumstances show this is needed.
- 1:1 support for child/children with behavioural needs.
- Staff training re catering for children with particular behavioural needs/ Looked After Children.
- "Kip McGrath" tuition for pupil premium children with the potential to reach the higher standard in Y5 & 6. This might help the child with grammar school test practice, or simply be to aim for the higher levels whichever secondary school parents choose.
Last year our pupil premium was spent on:
"Kip McGrath" tuition for potential high achievers, extra 1:1 reading sessions for children needing to catch up, free music lessons, free breakfast/after school club for some families facing challenges, subsidised educational visits including Y6 residential, additional teaching assistants to support learning, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant providing intervention, 0.6 Learning Mentor.
Data for our pupil premium children indicates that the gap between pupil premium children's attainment and non pupil premium children is narrowing for age related and higher level reading and higher level writing. Maths is variable and writing at the age related level is an area of focus.
How will we measure the impact of our work with pupil premium children this year?
We will check children's levels of attainment termly, monitor progress through ongoing teacher assessment and our pupil and family support staff, Special Needs Co-ordinator and teaching staff regularly feed back to the headteacher informally and during termly pupil progress meetings. Our school tracker also tracks pupil premium children as a group. Of course SATS data in the summer is our final measure.
Our pupil premium strategy is reviewed every year in the autumn term.