The Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011. Since that date, schools have been allocated funding for children from families who are eligible for free school meals, looked-after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. It is also paid on the basis of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. The aim of the funding is to help raise standards for children in these groups.
For the year 2016-17, Bailey’s Court Primary School has received an allocation of £42,100. It is intended that this year’s funding will make a contribution towards:
· Inclusion Leader - an extended role for our SENDCO targeting further support for eligible children
· Stay & Play/Learn - sessions with parents and children in school to promote partnership
· Springboard - additional teaching time to focus on learning interventions both in KS1 and KS2
· Parent Link - supporting children and parents throughout the school, enabling them to address family issues that may be impacting on learning in school
· Numicon - a practical approach to the teaching of basic skills in maths aiming to secure a solid foundation in maths learning across KS1, Y3 and Y4
· Talk for Writing - a revised approach to the teaching of writing, with the aim of further securing and accelerating the development of writing for children from Y1 to Y4
· Power of Reading - supporting children to become more confident and successful writers by introducing them to inspirational, modern texts
· Forest Schools - a holistic approach aimed at supporting learning through the development of outdoor learning experiences
· Day and Residential Visits - removing financial barriers that might otherwise prevent children taking part in these key experiences
· Counselling - regular, timetabled sessions to support children individually
· ICT Based Learning Resources & Learning Apps - Android tablets in all classes to support learning and boost access for children who do not have internet access at home.
· Lunchtime Support Groups - continue with a range of friendship/nurture groups with a focus on a range of activities to include gardening projects
In addition to the list above, we also aim to improve participation in a wide range of enrichment activities that we can offer both in and outside of school. For eligible children, we will be offering a package with a 50% discount on these activities:
ü Residential school camp (Y6)
ü Educational school visits
ü Musical instrument lessons
ü After school clubs
Included in this, we will be offering a free set of school uniform (up to a value of £30) and a free place at our breakfast club. We will also be providing an additional 50% contribution of up to £100 towards a club that is run either inside or outside of school. It would be a requirement that any club would promote the values of the school.
Last year (2015-16), our Pupil Premium grant of £38,400 was spent as follows:
· Additional teaching time to focus on learning interventions both in KS1 and KS2 (including Springboard)
· Parent Link
· Practical approaches to the teaching of basic skills in maths aiming (including Numicon)
· Revised approaches to the teaching of writing (including Talk for Writing and Power of Reading)
· Forest Schools
· Support for day and residential visits
· New resources including ICT hardware and software to support intervention groups
· Support for social/nurture groups, including gardening projects
Details of costings for each of these initiatives, plus an outline of impact:
| Additional Y1 teacher
|| The additional teacher led interventions for target children enabling them to make enhanced progress in both maths and phonics.
| Additional Year 2 teacher
|| The additional teacher led interventions with small groups who made enhanced progress in maths, reading and writing in their end of KS1 assessments.
| Pupil premium meetings
|| These meetings enabled teachers and support staff to review and analyse the progress and attainment of target children.
|| Springboard provides a series of daily interventions in English and maths for target children and other groups supporting improved progress in key skills.
| Parent Link
|| Our ‘parent-link’ worked with families on a drop-in basis, planned meetings or structured workshops also supporting individuals/groups of children in a mentoring role, raising levels of support and confidence at home with an impact for children in the classroom.
|| A resource which has helped to secure understanding of basic maths concepts in KS1 and to promote both concrete and abstract thinking of target children and other groups across the school.
| Talk for Writing
|| A strategy which has enabled target children and other groups to improve narrative writing skills.
| Forest Schools
|| Using this holistic approach aimed at supporting learning through the development of outdoor learning experiences has enable us to support the target children and benefit other groups within school both socially and academically.
| Day and residential visits
|| Eligible children and other families who struggle financially were supported to meet the cost of residential and day visits.
|| Individual counselling sessions provided children with support for their specific needs in both target groups and other groups across the school.
| IT Resources
|| This includes the purchase of additional ICT equipment and resources to enable more children in intervention groups to access IT based learning.
| Lunchtime Support Groups
|| Key staff worked with target children to support their social needs through nurture and friendship groups boosting self-esteem and confidence within the group.
|Observations, discussions with parents and children and attainment data show that the initiatives outlined above allowed a large number of target children to gain in confidence and consolidate numeracy and literacy skills.
The Pupil Premium funding makes a major contribution towards the provision we are able to make for our target children.
Link to: Bailey's Court Primary School Pupil Premium Strategy Statement