Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

YearAmount of Funding
2015-2016£270,600
2016-2017£286,850

Impact of Pupil Premium 2015-2016

The Pupil Premium in 2015-16 focused on strategies and resources that would close the gaps in attainment in English and Maths for all children including those in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant.

Attainment data for 2016 indicates that this outcome was achieved well in both the Early Years Foundation Stage, Year 1 Phonics Screening Tests and Year 2 SATs.  

Earlsmead has a successful programme for children in the Early Years and this is reflected in the fact that 73% of all children achieved a Good Level of Development.  From 59 children in reception, 23.7% were pupil premium, 85.7% achieving at or above the required standard.  This resulted exceeded that of the Local Authority who achieved 72.4% for all children.

Within Year 1 a lot of pupil premium money has been spent in developing teacher’s skills so they can deliver high quality phonics and reading teaching.  This investment has proved worthy as 87.7% of our children achieved the phonics screening test.  28.1% of these children are in receipt of the pupil premium grant and 87.5% achieved above the test threshold.

Our Key Stage 1 children have achieved well over number of years and 2016 was no exception.  This was especially pleasing as a new curriculum was introduced in 2014 which introduced new material and standards that are far more challenging.  Earlsmead’s Year 2 children achieved a combined figure (from Reading, Writing and Maths) of 75% with pupil premium children achieving 70.6%.  Comparing this to Local Authority figures, of 69.3% and National figures of 60.3% for all children and it demonstrates that our pupil premium spending has achieved positive results.

Nationally Year 6 had a difficult year in regards to the expectations placed upon them by the 2014 National Curriculum.   However, our Disadvantaged children’s writing attainment compared to Local Authority figures was good.  82.5% of pupil premium children attained the expected standard, compared to 77.3% for the Local Authority.

While the same level of attainment was not achieved in Reading and Maths the data is still broadly comparable, 50% of Earlsmead’s Disadvantaged children attained the expected standard in Reading compared to 50.4% for the Local Authority. In Maths 55.9% achieved the expected standard compared to the Local Authorities figures of 63.2%.   

We are proud of the achievement of Pupil Premium children across the school.  While we feel children didn’t achieve as well as expected, in Key Stage 2, we believe that the school is in a good position to move children’s learning forward so attainment and progress is high in 2016/17.  

Pupil Premium Children’s Attainment Key Stage 1 SATs At or Above National Expectations

ReadingWritingMathsCombined RWMScience
Pupil Premium Children88.2%94.1%70.6%70%
All Children82%90%80%75%92%

Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils Key Stage 2

Subject Earlsmead Primary SchoolNational Expectations
Reading50%50.4%
Writing82.5%77.3% TA
GPS58.8%
Maths55.9%60.32%
Science84.5%80%

Statement of how the money was spent in 2015-2016:

School Development Targets

For all children in receipt of pupil premium:

To improve children’s acquisition of spoken language in order to further raise attainment across the whole school in speaking and so close gaps in writing.

To deepen the staff team’s understanding of autism in order to ensure the whole school community meets the needs of children on the autistic spectrum.

To lead the staff in developing systems in assessing the national curriculum, ensuring good pupil progress and high attainment.

Spending Plan 2015/16Budget
Closing the gaps in attainment for Pupil Premium children with SEN including autism: training for all staff, specialist training for support staff, staff reflection groups led by a qualified therapist, targeted interventions, additional teacher support £39,615
To ensure high achieving Pupil Premium children attain Levels 5 and 6 at the end of KS2 and Level 3 at the end of KS1: Training for staff setting for pupils, additional resources, appointment of senior leader to support Y6 teachers to implement strategies that ensure accelerated progress of key children and groups to attain or exceed national expectations£1,750
Closing the gaps in English attainment for Pupil Premium children: development of library, additional reading clubs, wider and motivating books, home school readers, whole school emphasis on acquisition of spoken English language, training of whole staff team in this area so it remains a focus for children throughout the school day, training and recruitment of additional reading volunteers, programme of phonics workshops for parents and carers, bank of resources for children to draw upon at home, home school readers, learning support teacher£103,110
Closing the gap in Maths attainment for Pupil Premium children: experienced teachers for recovery groups targeting key children, specialist resources purchased, focused training of support staff, additional interventions, workshops for parents with resources to support learning at home, additional homework clubs targeting children£51,040
To ensure that Pupil Premium children have healthy and creative lifestyles, which enrich their lives: Investment in playground resources, staff training and games that enable opportunities for talk and to develop language skills, invest in further developing role play resources across EYFS and KS1 to provide motivating opportunities for talk. Wide range of extra curricular sport and arts clubs across the school £32,040
Behaviour social and Emotional: provision of Breakfast Club for key children. Increased level of supervision of key children during lunchtimes, bespoke training programme for lunch time staff involving additional support from Behaviour Consultant and Drama Therapist, subsidised extra curricular provision£42,645
Total£270,600

 

Pupil Premium in 2016-2017

The school’s pupil premium grant allocation for 2016-17 is £286,850

Summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:

The well publicised raising of expectations for all children in terms of attainment proved challenging for all children but was a particular challenge for children in receipt of pupil premium as these children come from households on low incomes.

Our analysis of last year’s KS2 SAT’s results indicated that we will need to support children further  by placing a greater emphasis on teaching new vocabulary and in deepening their understanding of more demanding texts whilst increasing opportunities for reading so that children can improve their speed and stamina.

We will also continue to employ ways of involving families so that their confidence and understanding of how to support their children’s learning can be increased.

This also applies to aspects of the Maths curriculum, particularly reasoning. Children need extra support to develop their problem solving skills across the curriculum.

We will also ensure that the work of our Children and Family Centre and across the EYFS stage further serves to support families so that they are better able to support their children’s healthy and full development.

The school continues to commit to ensuring that it offers a broad, balanced and meaningful curriculum for all children and that children in receipt of pupil premium are exposed to and have access to a wide range of social, cultural, entrepreneurial and creative experiences both at school and outside of it.

As a school we believe that regardless of economic circumstances all children should have access to new and emerging technologies that enhance learning and that support making the abstract more concrete. As a result, this is another area where the school has made a large spending commitment.

For all children in receipt of pupil premium:

  • To achieve at least the expected standard in maths arithmetic and reasoning with a percentage of children exceeding this standard

  • To achieve at least the expected standard in reading in terms of fluency, understanding and stamina for reading, with a percentage of children exceeding this standard

  • To gain a secure understanding of the processes involved in writing and achieve at least the expected standard in writing with a percentage of children exceeding this standard

  • To develop the work of the school’s, ‘Children and Family Centre’ to support vulnerable families and the transition of children into school

  • To improve the provision of outdoor play in EYFS for pupil premium children

  • To increase and improve access to computing resources

  • A continued commitment to curriculum enrichment opportunities to enhance and inspire children’s learning experience

  • To engage more effectively with parents and carers in order for them to gain better insight into their children’s learning and work with the school so that children’s attainment improves by the end of KS2

 The next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy will be in August/September 2017.

Statement of how the money will be spent in 2016-2017:

Spending Plan 2016/17Budget
Further improve attainment for Pupil Premium children with SEN: Training for all staff, specialist training for support staff, targeted interventions, additional teacher support, employment of a qualified drama therapist, development and resourcing of a sensory room, a programme of Inclusion Mornings involving a range of agencies and specialists. £45,000
Further improve attainment for Pupil Premium children so that they achieve at least the expected standard in maths arithmetic, reasoning with a percentage exceeding this standard
Training for staff on key area including Reasoning, smaller setting for pupils, additional resources including innovations such as, ‘Third Space Learning’ (use of technology), use of senior leaders to support Y6 teachers to implement strategies that ensure accelerated progress of key children and groups to attain or exceed national expectations.
£30,100
Further improve attainment for Pupil Premium children so that they achieve at least the expected standard in reading in terms of fluency, understanding and stamina with a percentage exceeding this standard
Development of library, additional reading clubs, wider and motivating books, home school readers, emphasis on new vocabulary, training of whole staff team in this area so it remains a focus for children throughout the school day, training and involving parents and carers both formally and informally, training and recruitment of additional reading volunteers, programme of phonics workshops for parents and carers, bank of resources for children to draw upon at home, home school readers, learning support teacher.
£34,500
Further increase the attainment of Pupil Premium children in writing so that they have a secure understanding of the processes involved and achieve at least the expected standard in writing with a percentage exceeding this standard
Experienced teachers for recovery groups targeting key children, specialist resources purchased, focused training of teaching and support staff, additional interventions, workshops for parents where the process of writing can be shared, resources to support learning at home, additional homework clubs targeting vulnerable children.
£31,200
To develop the work of the school’s, ‘Children and Family Centre’ to support vulnerable families and the transition of children into the school
Further training of all EYFS staff in the importance of outdoor play. Developing the outdoor spaces across EYFS. Specialist sessions for parent and carer workshops across EYFS, particularly within the Children and Family Centre, Parent and Carer workshops.
£34,750
To ensure that Pupil Premium children have healthy and creative lifestyles, which enrich their lives:
Further investment in playground resources, staff training and games that enable opportunities for developing communication skills and physical skills. Wide range of extra curricular sport and arts clubs across the school and employing music specialists.
£37,850
Behaviour social and Emotional: Provision of Breakfast Club for key children. Increased level of supervision of key children during lunchtimes, bespoke training programme for lunchtime staff involving additional support from Behaviour Consultant and Drama Therapist, subsidised extra curricular provision, parent / carer workshops.£27,900
To increase and improve access to computing resources and raise confidence and attainment in this area
Investment in technologies for children across the school. Comprehensive training for Staff, Parents and Children around e-safety. Opportunities during the school day and after school to develop use of technologies. Releasing a qualified Computing specialist teacher 2 days a week to develop these areas.
£45,550
Total£286,850