What is the purpose of pupil premium funding?
The Government launched its Pupil Premium funding six years ago. The money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or are children in care, adopted or children of those serving in the forces. From 2013, it was also expanded to include all those children who have been eligible for free school meals within the last six years. When applying to school, parents/carers are encouraged to complete an application for free school meals. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, looked after children and those adopted, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
How much pupil premium funding has Ellel St John’s School received?
In the financial year 2017/18 the school received £24,340 in Pupil Premium funding
How has Ellel St John’s School spent the pupil premium funding?
The money has been used to minimise the barriers to learning that were identified through pupil progress reviews. These included dealing with bereavement, dealing with terminal illness in the family, supporting children’s mental health and well-being, dyslexic issues, limited support at home to carry out homework tasks, poor oral language skills and phonic knowledge development for early years and KS1 pupils. The strategies employed included:
- Providing additional teaching assistant support in classrooms to support vulnerable children
- The provision of additional educational resources and software
- A lunch time homework club for targeted pupils
- The continued funding for a Learning Mentor with a clear role of devising and delivering intervention and support programmes to raise the attainment of vulnerable pupils.
- The provision of a hardship fund to provide for emergency food and uniform
- The provision of free access to breakfast club provision with additional academic support from a teaching assistant
- Subsidising trips and residential learning for Pupil premium pupils who may not be able to partake due to lack of money
- The appointment of a Teaching Assistant to support the Learning Mentor in targeting under performance of groups of pupils, particularly Pupil premium pupils.
The funding has helped to deliver the following programmes to Pupil Premium children:
- IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning)- special software programme to develop pupil’s spelling ability
- Toe by Toe – a phonics based intensive support programme
- Bereavement counselling – tailored to specific pupils
- Social Groups – tailored for pupils with varying social needs
- Maths for girls – developing confidence in maths lessons
- Phonics catch up for KS1 and KS2- aimed at closing the gap for vulnerable pupils
- Emotional nurture and counselling on a one to one basis
Pupil Premium pupils who sat the Y6 KS2 end of year tests in 2018 achieved the following:
Reading: 50% reached GD
Writing: 50% reached GD
Mathematics: 50% reached EXS
GPS: 50% reached EXS
In the financial year 2018/19 the school has received £23,760.
The school will retain the current level of support of an intervention Teaching Assistant in addition to the Learning Mentor.
A review of the Pupil Premium strategy takes place at the start of each academic year. Next review September 2019