The government believes that it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances and intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how it is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility.
The Pupil Premium and Service Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011. This gave schools £625 million of extra funding to close the attainment gaps for disadvantaged pupils and to assist with the pastoral needs of children with parents in the armed forces. This funding has now increased to £2.5bn in 2014-15.
When commenting on how successful schools use the Pupil Premium to narrow the attainment gap, the Department of Education said:
‘Evidence shows that the most effective schools achieve this through a combination of high quality teaching, strong leadership, a relevant and coherent curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted catch-up and enrichment activities.’
Department of Education
During the academic year 2013/14, St Stephen’s received £96800 of Pupil Premium funding. In the 2014/15 year, this increased to £145,769. In the academic year 2015/16 we estimate that our funding will be £140,300.
During the next academic year, we will continue to fund Pupil Premium strategies which have impacted on both children's academic and social needs. In addition, following a review of the needs of the children, the following provision will be put in place:
The school looked at the needs of the children, the OFSTED action points, took advice from experts in the Local Authority and made the most of the latest research (eg Education Endowment Fund) available to plan the use of the Pupil Premium money. As a result, the funds were spent as follws:
- Continuing to build on our good practice from 2013/14:
For example: targeted interventions led by teachers and TAs, training and development of staff, 1:1 feedback in writing and use of outside agencies and expertise.
- Re-organisation of the school day to timetable specific time for children, teachers and adults to work on feedback, responding to marking and their next steps for learning;
- Further train and develop teachers and teaching assistants to ensure the very highest quality of teaching so that Pupil Premium children make rapid and sustained progress;
- Fine tune and focus interventions further to ensure a real impact on children’s progress and attainment;
- Introducing THRIVE in school. Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment. Pupil Premium funds will also be used to assist in developing a nurture room in school for identified children to work on the programme;
- Forest Schools. Like THRIVE, this helps to develop the children's social and emotional well being by using the natural environment;
- Provide reading assistants to ensure that all children read regularly on a 1:1 basis with an adult;
- Look at ways of further improving the attendance of Pupil Premium children;
- Subsidising school trips and uniform and providing other opportunities to enrich the curriculum.
Impact is measured both by reviewing children’s progress academically and by discussions with all parties involved about the child’s well-being and attitude to learning.
Examples of positive impact (based on children on role at St Stephen’s for the whole academic year):
The school has produced two cost-benefit reports to show in more detail examples of the impact that the pupil premium money has had at St Stephen’s. The first reports the impact that providing one to one feedback in writing had on raising standards in this subject and the second the positive impact using the services of a Play Therapist had on a group of our children. In addition, please see our Pupil Premium report which compares the achievements of our pupil premium children to 2013 - 14 outcomes.
The school has produced two cost-benefit reports to show in more detail examples of the impact that the pupil premium money has had at St Stephen’s. The first reports the impact that 'Targeted Teaching' and Numicon had on raising standards in maths and the second the positive impact using the services of an Educational Psychologist had on a group of our children. In addition, please see our Pupil Premium report which compares the achievements of our pupil premium children to 2012 - 13 outcomes.