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Pupil Premium

Background

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted's Chief Inspector at the time the funding was announced, said the fund needs to “help poor children to achieve as well as their more prosperous peers”. The money for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals and looked after children is targeted to ensure accelerated progress for all identified children, through extra support and intervention, to ensure that any performance gap is overcome. The attainment and progress of these groups is being carefully tracked so that we are able to report the impact of this.

Achievements so Far

Year on Year Improvements in Standards for our Pupils in All Year Groups 2008 to 2017.

Additional Targeted Support to Remove the Attainment Gap for Children with Pupil Premium.

Enrichment of the Learning Experience for our Pupils through High Quality Resources, Experiences and Visits.

Pupil Premium 2018/2019

Please click here to see our Pupil Premium Report and Strategy Statement 2018/2019

Pupil Premium 2017/2018

Please click here to see our Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/2018

The Service Premium 2017/2018

The Service Premium for 2017-18 is £300 per qualifying pupil. We have received a £74,100 Service Pupil Premium allocation, based upon 238 pupils, this is an increase of £7,200 from last year’s premium.

In previous years, the Governors (in consultation with parents and discussions with senior officers at RAF Waddington) have aimed this funding at three key strands:

  1. Accelerated progress for any pupils falling behind as a result of posting, changes to education system or disruption within family life resulting from parents serving away from home.
  2. Enrichment opportunities such as the funding of visits and visitors to enhance the quality and breadth of learning experience.
  3. Things which make this school appealing to a pupil who is to move here, so that they are excited about coming here when a posting to the area becomes known.

The Finance Committee of the Governing body have always held the opinion that the Service Pupil Premium is to ensure the education of pupils from service families and the local community is not negatively affected by employment in the armed forces. This is because the current model has produced year on year improvements in standards over the past nine years.

Spending 2017/2018

Service Pupil Premium outcomes:

1) 1) Accelerated progress for any pupils falling behind as a result of posting, changes to education system or disruption within family life resulting from parents serving away from home.

The level of need for pupils in receipt of Service Pupil Premium has continued to increase over the 17/18 academic year, this has been due to children joining mid-year with significant gaps in their knowledge or from a different education system. As a school we identified that this was likely to impact on pupil progress. In response, we have continued to ensure that we employ a high level of expertise so that we are able to carry out in-depth assessments which allow us to quickly and efficiently identify learning needs and then ensure that provision leads to accelerated progress. This has been vital in supporting these children to enable them to be successful, therefore making learning better for all pupils.

2) Enrichment opportunities such as the funding of visits and visitors to enhance the quality and breadth of learning experience.

Educational visits, including swimming and visitors were funded during this academic year, meaning no additional costs to service families.  The only exception for this was the Y6 residential visit.

3) Things which make this school appealing to a pupil who is to move here, so that they are excited about coming here when a posting to the area becomes known.

Over the last few years this funding has enabled us to develop many areas across school to enrich the curriculum and support our children to have a love of learning. Children who are posted here are always excited about the wide range of opportunities we offer. These have included: KS1 seating area, KS1 adventure trail and the development of the KS2 library to make it a more inviting place to read. This year the funding has been directed towards developing a sensory area within the KS2 playground, the works are planned to take place early in the autumn term 2018, the time delay in this work has been due to the transitional time as we moved over to LEAD Academy Trust. The funding has allowed us to give our pupils further opportunities to be imaginative and creative on a scale that they previously could not.

4) Play leaders and mentors who will provide emotional support and pastoral care for children who are affected by aspects of service life.

The impact of the play leaders remains strong across the school. Positive play on both KS1 and KS2 playgrounds ensures that children are focused and more constructive. The children enjoy the range of equipment available and comment that having the play leaders make play times ‘more fun’. The Mentor role has supported identified children when needed, for example when parents are deployed or a close friend has left. Having these members of staff allow us to provide emotional support without negatively impacting on learning time, this has had a significant impact on pupil progress.

Summary

The use of Pupil Premium funding is effectively being utilised to maintain and improve rates of progress for identified children.  

The positive impact of the enrichment and resource spending has been measured by feedback from parents and pupils.

The positive impact of having play leaders has been measured by the reduced number of incidents at play time and by feedback from the children and their families.

The overall judgement is that the Service Pupil Premium spending for the year 2017/2018 was again a great success.

Spending 2018/2019

Our initial plans are to direct the funding in a similar way to previous years, as this has been very successful, however we would like to liaise with our local community, to identify any other ways in which they feel the funding should be directed, over the next academic year. We will finalise our spending plan early in the Autumn Term 2018.

July 2018
Z Jepson