What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children registered for a free school meal (or those who have been registered in the last 6 years), children that have been in care and children whose parents work in the Armed Forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between these children and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
The needs of every child are different. At Silverhill Primary School, our Pupil Premium strategy looks at identifying 'INDIVIDUAL BARRIERS TO LEARNING' and breaks them down for each child. This then enables a bespoke offer of provision to be created for each individual child depending on their needs beyond the universal provision offer.
For the academic year September 2018 to July 2019 our school received £53,100 of Pupil Premium funding.
For the academic year September 2019 to July 2020 our school expects to receive £35,940.
In the academic year 2018 / 2019 we used out allocation in the following ways:
- To improve levels of engagement through experiential and purposeful stimuli ('Sensational Start' & 'Fantastic Finish'/ text based topics)
- Deployment of teachers & teaching assistants effectively to address pupil progress priorities.
- Immediate feedback within lesson to maximise progress
- Half termly data analysis to identify progress and attainment
- Funding to access school trips and residential visits and wider curriculum opportunities.
- Early morning reading intervention for PP children
- Weekly focussed 1:1 writing support and intervention from class teacher to consolidate classroom based learning.
- Early morning TT Rock stars for PP children
- Focussed 1:1 support from attendance officer.
- Half termly communication with designated single point of contact to discuss current attendance.
- Learning Mentor nurture group with use of Lego Therapy
- To offer free or subsidised places at 'Breakfast Club' and 'After School Club' to PP children to decrease lateness and attendance issues.
- Designated intervention from EAL lead
Impact Key Stage 1 and 2 - 2018 / 2019
What does the data suggest for priorities for the next academic year?
Data from end of previous academic year (2018/19) identifies:
- Writing – Pupil Premium children in Year 3, 4 and 5 are not in line with national non pupil premium children.
- Reading – Pupil Premium children in Year 3 and 4 are not in line with national non pupil premium children.
- Maths – Pupil Premium children in Year 3 and 4 are not in line with national non pupil premium children.
- Attendance – 24% of Pupil Premium children (9 / 37) have fallen below target of 97%.
At Silverhill Primary School our target is to reduce the deficit difference between disadvantaged pupils and national non-disadvantaged pupils by identifying 'INDIVIDUAL BARRIERS TO LEARNING' and creating a bespoke offer of provision for each individual child depending on their needs beyond the universal provision offer.