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Pupil Premium

Report on how pupil premium is spent and its impact

 

Pupil premium is a funding stream which the government introduced in an attempt to address some of the inequalities suffered by disadvantaged children.
In the financial year 2016-2017 the school received £163k.  This money was generated by the 127 children who were in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) at the time of the school census 2011-2017, most attracting funding of £1300 (the figure is not an exact multiple of £1300 due to children leaving or joining mid-year) and Looked After Children (LAC) gaining funding of £1900.
At Goldstone we have always invested heavily in narrowing the gap between children from disadvantaged families and those who are more affluent.  Our success in this has seen us invited to speak at conferences which had this theme.  The pupil premium has allowed us to sustain some of the work which we have done in the past and add to our portfolio of support.  Our pupil remium policy outlines how this money is spent in general terms.

Existing Programmes Supported by the Pupil Premium


The Sunflower Room- A place where our two Inclusion Mentors (IMs) work to support vulnerable children mainly with Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD).  The room is the base for our Inclusion Mentors who work with children on an individual basis and in groups.  They work with children who have mainly emotional needs although some of their work has been targeted at children with diagnosed difficulties such as ASCs and ADHD.  The work of our Inclusion Mentors is pivotal to the smooth running of the school and as a means of providing access to education for a group of very needy children.  The Inclusion Mentors run nurture groups, self-esteem groups and also work as keyworkers for some of our very emotionally fragile children giving them a point of secure contact and a person with whom they are able to ‘download’ some of their anxieties and concerns.  The IMs also monitor behavioural patterns and trends.
The school had zero fixed term  exclusions last year  and has never permanently excluded a child. The Sunflower Room and particularly the work of the Inclusion Mentors has enabled us to reach and maintain this situation even when we have  admitted  very needy children who have struggled to be included in other schools, and have either been excluded or ‘advised’ to move to prevent them from being excluded.  In the time since the Inclusion Mentors have been working the three year average has dropped to zero, despite having some very challenging children join the school and the school numbers increasing.
The majority of the children who use the Sunflower Room regularly are recipients of free school meals. There was a real danger that the level of support which we were able to offer via the sunflower room would need to be cut in light of reduced funding from the local authority. Pupil premium money which has been put into this service has enabled us to expand the provision to match our expanding school. This impacts on all children because, by supporting the children who have specific emotional needs we are supporting all children’s learning in the classroom by creating a calm and effective learning environment.
The Sunflower Room costs £40,000 per year and 60% (£24,000) of this is funded by pupil premium.
 

Reading Recovery Teachers – Vicky Conry is an accredited reading recovery teacher. The impact of her work has been dramatic and the children who worked with her made significantly more progress than would have been expected. 62.5% of children made accelerated progress last year with 25% making good progress and the others being referred to other school remedial programmes. 75% of children who were on the Reading Recovery Programme were disadvantaged. £10,000 of Ms Conry’s salary is funded by pupil premium.

New Programmes Introduced since the Advent of Pupil Premium


Reading Assistants – We have employed and trained 5.5 specialised reading assistants to work with children in key stage 1 who are struggling to make the age expectations at the end of KS1. These children have daily support and are making excellent progress. The assistants have all had training in the Fischer Family Trust Programme, Better Reading Partners and High Five scheme. Teachers report significant improvements with these children, with the majority reaching or moving towards age expectations (see appendix for detailed progress reports). Next year we are hoping to use the increase in pupil premium to support this further. The cost of this programme in the last financial year was approximately £90,000. The Pupil Premium money is funding £60,000 of this. In our last OfStEd inspection the work of the reading centre was highly praised.
One to one teaching has been established and proved successful in the school for several years; this is funded by the pupil premium. We have employed a very experienced and excellent teacher to work one to one with children from across the junior age range. The progress made by these children has been excellent, both parents and children have reported very positive feelings and outcomes. The data supports our belief that this investment helps us to ‘narrow the gap’. The cost of the 1:1 teaching support we have this year is £12,000. This support has focused on children who receive pupil premium with £10,000 being spent on this.


Speech and Language Provision - The amount of support our children receive from various agencies associated with speech and language difficulties has dramatically decreased over the past few years. We have taken the bold decision to train two specialist Teaching Assistants to support children with speech and language needs. These two very capable and highly trained staff have made a real impact on the academic and social outcomes for a range of children. Again, pupil premium has allowed us to maintain this provision, funding £25,000 of the £40,000 it costs to keep this running.


Maths Interventions - We have devised a maths intervention programme aimed at getting our Key Stage 1 and 2 children up to basic numeracy levels. This has shown really positive outcomes with 77% of our children now reaching appropriate levels or above by the end of year two. £6,000 of pupil premium helps to fund this.


Storybones – An authoring group for 10 children a week. The aim of this innovative programme is to engage children with story-telling and writing. It is a programme which has the joy of story at its heart. Many children who have been reluctant to get involved with story writing have achieved very well as part of the Storybones teams.


Improving Attendance - We have used some pupil premium money to enable some children to attend breakfast, after school club and one of our holiday play schemes. This has had a positive effect on these individual children’s attendance. Children have had different levels of access to free places at different times. (Budget: £2,000).


Increased Teaching Assistant Time - Each of our 23 classes receives Teaching Assistant support. Part of the role of the Teaching Assistant is to ensure that children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and who have low prior attainment make good progress. Approximately £1,500 of pupil premium money supports this in each class. This year a specific teaching assistant was employed just to work with children from the reception classes who attracted Pupil Premium funding.


Providing Access to School Activities and Residential Trips - Pupil Premium money is used to support individual pupils so that financial concerns are not barriers to their involvement in school life. We do this in two main ways: firstly by subsidising clubs to make them more affordable for all of our pupils (most of our clubs are free) and secondly by paying all or part of costs for pupils who are in need of support and receive pupil premium.
We also pay for music lessons and will help with equipment and on some occasions, transport to activities. We have used pupil premium money to support children in going on residential visits. Approximately £10,000 is set aside for this from Pupil Premium. We have also purchased uniform, musical instruments, magazine subscriptions and occasionally offering transport. (Budget: £2000).

During the financial year 2017-2018 we aim to maintain these services which benefit the whole school but disproportionately those children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We have slightly increased our out of class support and added a third inclusion mentor to our team so that children who need immediate help can receive it. This new proactive Inclusion Mentor will work largely with children from disadvantaged families.

Our continuing aim is to eradicate the attainment gap between those children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium and those who are not. In 2017 our key stage one results indicated that our disadvantaged pupils actually out performed our non-disadvantaged children in some areas.

 

P.E & Sports Premium

 

Sports Premium

To help keep the legacy of the London Olympics going and to continue inspiring the next generation, the government announced that there would be ring-fenced funding to primary schools. This sports premium funding must be used to fund improvements to the provision of Physical Education and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to give them the opportunity to develop a healthy active lifestyle.

Background

In March 2013 the government announced that it was to provide additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools in England – The Primary PE and Sports Premium.

This funding is allocated to primary school Headteachers. The funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.

  1. In the Autumn Statement 2013, the then Chancellor, George Osbourne announced an additional year’s £150m extended funding, taking the total investment to the end of the 2016 academic year.
  2. On 6th February 2014, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron committed to continuing the funding for the Primary PE and Sports Premium until 2020.
  3. On the 17th July 2015, the Department for Education announced that 2015/6 funding will remain at the same level as last year.
  4. On 21st September 2016, the Department for Education released its grant conditions for 2016/17.
  5. On 24th October 2017, the Department for Education published new guidance on the doubled Primary PE and Sports Premium grant. 

Purpose, Vision, Objective & Key Indicators of funding

Purpose of funding: Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.

Vision: All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

Objective: To achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school.
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

Schools can use the funding to:

  • Provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports and holiday clubs
  • Enter or run more sport competitions
  • Partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • Increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • Provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching

Schools should not use the funding to:

  • Employ coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of your core staffing budgets.
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – including those specified for swimming (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum).
  • Provide transport for PE events or any other events.
  • To cover the cost of capital expenditure.

Online Reporting 

Schools must publish details of how they spend their PE and sports premium funding by the 31st of July 2019. This must include:

  • the amount of premium received
  • a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • the impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sports participation and attainment
  • how the improvements will be sustainable in the future.

For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their Year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Click on the link below to see how Goldstone Primary School are using their funding. This is a working document that will continue to be updated throughout the rest of this academic year, as different activities have been completed and evidenced. 

How much funding do we receive? 

Previously Goldstone Primary received £10,939 in funding in the year 2016-17 from the government; this is known as the 'Primary Physical Education and Sports Premium' (SSP). This funding has been doubled for the academic year 2017-2018 and we now receive £21,879. We will receive this again for the academic year 2018-19, with the government set to release further details for funding beyond 2020. 

 

 

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