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Pupil Premium 2017-2018

Pupil Premium - April 2017- March 2018

 

The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools in addition to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous six years, a slightly larger amount for children who have been adopted from care, a smaller amount allocated according to the children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more.

 

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

 

Below is a summary of how the pupil premium is being used at Stamford Park Infant School:

 

The school has a small number of children who are eligible for this funding. Each child has been evaluated to assess their individual needs and their pupil premium has been allocated accordingly.

 

How we use Pupil Premium funding at Stamford Park Infant School

 

We have a small number of pupils who are disadvantaged as a result of family circumstances. This can impact upon the child's learning due to circumstances which prevent appropriate support from home. Pupil Premium funding can be used to ensure one to one attention for reading support and help with corrections. Intervention groups are in place to support language development, English and Maths. In addition we have groups giving help with social development and nurturing help children who have been affected by family breakup, tragedy or issues around adoption and loss. All of these emotional factors can impact on attainment and are a valuable part of the support offered by school. One to one therapy is provided by counsellors when needed and this is used to address individual issues as mentioned above and when required, for behaviour therapy.

 

In addition we feel that our enrichment programme should be available to children whose families are unable to financially support these opportunities. Priority is always given to supporting learning but where possible Pupil Premium is used to give equality of opportunity and to support attendance at school clubs, together with relieving the financial pressure of funding school trips.

 

The progress of all children in school is tracked termly, with special attention being given to the progress of children in receipt of Pupil Premium. A breakdown of the use of Pupil Premium is presented to governors for approval during the Autumn Term and in governors' meetings with a focus on teaching and learning, the progress of these pupils is evaluated. The aim is for barriers to attainment to be lessened and for all children to have the best opportunity to increase their rate of progress and meet or exceed expectations for their age group. Pupils' well-being is given equal consideration, as is the development of strategies to give the best opportunities for success in their future education.

 

The impact of Pupil Premium funding during 2017-2018 will be assessed in the summer term and presented to Governors in the Autumn term 2018.

 

At the start of the school year 2017 - 2018, the school had pupils eligible to receive £16,100 in Pupil Premium funding.

 

1:1 or small group support for the specific needs of some children

£8,774

to provide equality of opportunity based on need
e.g. instrumental lessons, clubs and school trips (including residential)

£853

to provide emotional and behavioural support

£2,085

to ensure additional support for the class (where it is inappropriate or
not desirable for the child to be singled out). In this instance note is made
of the individual child’s progress within that lesson and additional support given if necessary

£4,388

 

 

 

Impact of Pupil Premium funding 2017-2018

 

The number of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium is small and we are therefore anxious to see the maximum impact through strategies that encourage independence and resilience. Support can be provided in classrooms so that the child maintains their level of independence, whilst accessing support when necessary. se children are all making at least expected progress in all areas.

 

Children with difficulties that require more intensive educational support receive this at times through the week on a 1:1 basis or join support groups, which target key learning; through pre-learning and follow-up learning. These children all have additional needs - either medical or educational special needs. This group of children tends to work below the expected level for their age in all areas or in one specific area (often writing). In all cases the children maintained their level of progress during 2017-2018 .

 

A group of children experience barriers to learning based on social, environmental or emotional needs. These are addressed through Lego therapy, social and communication groups or Nuture Groups. When required, referrals are made to outside agencies e.g. the school nurse, Early Help.
These children maintained their level of progress in most areas.

 

Finally, a small number of children have grown in confidence and improved their levels of activity by taking part in funded school trips and activity clubs, in addition to receiving support in class or through groups.

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