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Pupil Premium Strategy

Click the report above for the full strategy.

At Locking Stumps Primary School we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are determined that every child should be given the chance to realise their full potential, whatever their background. Pupil premium represents a significant proportion of our budget and this statement outlines how it is spent to maximum effect.

  • We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
  • All staff are involved in the analysis of data so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school
  • We use research (such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit) to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective
  • All pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) ‘Family of Schools’ Database compares Locking Stumps Primary School favourably when looking at similar schools with similar characteristics. Although the database was only updated in 2015, it highlights the positive contribution our school makes to ‘diminishing the difference’ between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils. More information can be found by following the link below; click the image. 

 

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium is additional funding, from the government, provided to schools for supporting pupils from low income families and from other categories (See below). Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable schools to ‘close the gap’ in attainment. In the 2015-2016 financial year, schools will receive £1,320 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools will receive £1,900 for each looked after pupil who meets specified criteria.

Pupil Premium Categories and Principles

There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium: 

  • Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) 
  • Looked after children 
  • Armed forces children

What can schools spend it on?

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

All our staff and governors are committed to meeting ALL our children’s pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.

An Outline of our Provision

Accelerated Progress Teaching

Additional 0.6 FTE (full time equivalent) teacher (until Summer 2017) for KS1

Additional 0.8 FTE (full time equivalent) teacher (until Summer 2017) for KS2

 1 additional Teaching Assistant working mornings only in KS1 and KS2

These staff will teach focus groups of children for intensive half term or term long blocks of support (Accelerated Progress). Their role will be to work with ‘Pupil Premium’ children (and others) throughout the school to ensure that they make expected progress towards targets set. Support is typically given in the following areas but is planned to meet the individual needs of our children: Phonics, guided reading, maths, writing and emotional and behavioural support.

 

Phonics support to be provided throughout the Autumn term to children in Y2 who failed to meet the required level in the Year 1 phonics test. This support will continue as required.

Priorities for subsequent half terms will initially be those identified below and will be readdressed following our Pupil Progress meetings which take place termly.

Speech and Language support

We have a fully trained TA who screens all our children on entry using a Language Links Programme and then provides support in small groups and individually for children with speech and language difficulties. Our Pupil Premium funding provides 10 hours per week of intensive support for these children.

Transition

Lockies’ Little Learners is a collaborative group that has been formed between Locking Stumps CP school, Locking Stumps Pre-school and Locking Stumps Nursery. (Both of which are independent pre-school providers and are not connected with the school) This year planned events are focused upon working with parents to improve speech, language and communication through a series of breakfast activity workshops.

EYFS lead ensures that ALL parents and providers are consulted about each and every child entering into our YR classes

Additional transition activities are provided for those children who are identified as being more vulnerable on transition to High School

Pupil Progress meetings are held at the end of the school year with current and new class teachers to discuss the needs of ‘the whole child’.

Pupil Mentor

We have a Pupil mentor to provide support for some of our more vulnerable children. Once again our Pupil Premium funding provides 10 hours support per week.

 

Specialist teacher of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

 Mrs Dianne Allsup will now provide support for our children with special educational needs for 2 days per week. During this time she will work alongside Miss Woodward, our SENCo, carrying out assessments on children in order to identify barriers to learning and provide support plans to ensure progress.  The addition of this role  provides much more effective and responsive staff training and support, very rigorous monitoring of provision, more tightly focused Pupil Passports and the opportunity for far more children to have specialist learning assessments/reports/recommendations.

Family Support Worker

We have continued to fund our Family Support Worker who works with families that may occasionally require some support. The impact of this position has been extremely positive and will continue for 2016-17. Our Family Support Worker, Mrs Tracy Lynskey, is now qualified to deliver CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

Attendance Officer

We have appointed an Attendance Officer who provides safeguarding support when required as well as monitoring the attendance of our children. It is essential that our children’s attendance is given a high priority if they are to achieve their potential in education.

Additional Resources

Additional resources available for external support where, in exceptional circumstances, other interventions have not had desired impact (e.g. one pupil receiving a programme of highly specialist Occupational Therapy and further children receiving occupational therapy assessments. Two children receiving a programme of work from our Play Therapist)

Additional resources, including computer programmes and hardware, (for example; Reading Plus) for meeting the needs of pupils. Some of these are available to parents for supporting learning at home.

 

Other uses of Pupil Premium

  • TA supports other children in the class allowing the teacher to work with PP children
  • Bespoke intervention groups eg Smart Moves
  • 1:1 and small group tuition in order to accelerate progress
  • Support for children who are in the care of the Local Authority or are entitled to free school meals to attend residential and educational visits.
  • Termly visits for groups of children to the Woolston Sensory Centre

 

The impact of this extra support and interventions put into place to support these children is monitored each term and forms part of the discussion between the Leadership Team and class teacher during pupil progress meetings. Analysis of this data is used to plan appropriate next steps.

Reporting Pupil Premium Spending and Impact

Reporting

Governors: It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to report at Governors Meetings

  • the progress made towards narrowing the gap, for socially disadvantaged pupils
  • an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness and impact of the provision in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision.

Parents:  will receive information as to the progress of pupils through personal information sent home and through reporting of assessment results at the end of each term of the academic year.

Published on our school website is the following:

 (Please see the full report above)

  • our pupil premium allocation for the current academic year
  • a summary of the main barriers to educational achievment faced by eligible pupils at our school
  • details of how we intend to spend our allocation
  • details of how we spent our previous academic year’s allocation
  • how it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • The funding that is allocated for the current financial year
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