Pupil Premium

We have purchased reading, writing and maths interventions and have sent a class teacher and a teaching assistant on Talk Boost Key Stage 2 training. Careful timetabling is enabling these interventions to be implemented in KS2 to the PPG children who need support with their reading and retrieval skills; their comprehension and writing skills and their speaking and listening.

A small reading group intervention run by a teaching assistant, 3 sessions per week, has benefitted the children involved by increasing their reading speed and retrieval skills.

Impact to date (Feb 2017). Our PPG children are expected to reach their age related potential with one child’s differences diminishing significantly. Further children who joined us late, who will benefit from PPG funding in this next financial year, have been included in the current intervention schemes. There has been a positive impact on their learning from their starting points at Greenhaugh.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Government considers the Pupil Premium to be a key element of their education policy. Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. These include pupils from low income families; children in care and the children of armed service personnel.

For this financial year, £1320 has been allocated to schools for any pupil who has been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years along with looked-after children who have been in continuous care for more than six months. In addition, a Service Child Premium of £300 per pupil has been allocated to children with parents in the armed services in recognition for the particular challenges that they face.

What are the aims of the Pupil Premium?

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children.

The link between free school meal eligibility and underachievement is strong. The Pupil Premium seeks to tackle this inequality in educational outcomes. The Premium is intended to help schools to provide targeted support to improve the life chances of children from lower income families and young people who face additional challenges in their lives so that they can reach their full potential.

How is the Pupil Premium used at Greenhaugh First School?

The Government has given schools discretion in how to best use the funding to meet the needs of their children. Please note that funding is based on the financial year (April to March) rather than the academic year (September to July), and pupil numbers are taken from the January census for each of those years. Therefore, our funding for the ’15 – ’16 financial year is based on four pupils, but will drop in the ’16 – ’17 financial year to only one pupil (£1320).

Aim

To continue to raise the attainment of all pupils who are eligible to FSM by accelerating progress so that it is in line with or better than national expectations.

  • Early intervention in phonics.
  • Small group and 1:1 tuition – Mrs Hogarth (Autumn Term 2013)
  • Shared cost of Parent Support Partner – Janet Nicholson.
  • The subsidy of trips and enrichment activities.
  • The provision of extra trips and visitors to the school to broaden horizons.
  • Promotion of self-esteem through encouraging participation in sport, music, drama and other activities.

All pupil premium children made good progress by the end of July 2014.

  • Small group work – Mrs Be Hulbert (for half a day per week for Summer and Autumn term 2014 and possibly Spring term 2015)
  • Shared cost of Parent Support Partner
  • Early intervention in phonics
  • Specific equipment relevant to physical need purchased to support children
  • The subsidy of residential visits and trips from school and enrichment activities
  • Training for staff on effective intervention strategies

The vast majority of our Pupil Premium children made better than expected progress by the end of July 2015.

  • Teaching Assistant time is being bought in from Bellingham Middle School for the delivery of a ten week maths intervention, “First Class at Maths”
  • Maths resource, Numicon, is being purchased to support progress in maths.
  • Assessment materials are being purchased to allow us to gain a more detailed picture of the children’s strengths and weaknesses, so that we can make best use of interventions and support within school and from outside agencies.
  • Funding is also being used to support the budget in order to mantain our current levels of staffing. This is necessary because of a large decrease in pupil numbers for the current academic year. Teaching and Support Staff (Teaching Assistants) are responsible for the progress made by all pupils, including those receiving Pupil Premium funding and therefore a vital resource.

How will the impact of Pupil Premium be evaluated at Greenhaugh First School?

During the academic year 2015/16, we will continue to monitor the progress of the pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium through analysis of their teacher assessments each term. This will inform decisions about interventions and future provision.

In addition, information from lesson observations, children’s books, and pupil and parent feedback will form key parts of the evaluation process.

How can parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium scheme?

If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they’re not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximize the support we can provide.

Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice with supporting your child, please contact Head Teacher, Mrs Lewis or Chair of Governors, Mrs Jenni Holland.

Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, if you are entitled to receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit