Pupil Premium

Occold Primary School Pupil Premium Strategy

Report by Paul Parslow-Williams (Headteacher) January 2017

The Pupil Premium is an additional funding stream direct from Central Government. Its aim is to address the current underlying inequality between the academic achievements of pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals, in local Authority Care, have been adopted from care (Pupil Premium Plus) have parents in the armed forces or have received Free School Meals in one or more of the previous 6 years (Ever 6)

Funding

As a school, we are always striving to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all our pupils. However, for pupils that the Government has identified nationally as vulnerable or underachieving, the school has used the pupil premium funding to extend and deliver a range of provisions, interventions and opportunities as appropriate. All work through the pupil premium is aimed at accelerating progress and moving children to their age related expectation and beyond. Whilst this will include an appropriately strong focus on academic work, the funds will also be used to develop the ‘whole child’ and include activities designed to improve self-esteem, behaviour, cultural capital, aspirations and attitudes to learning.  In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.

  • The percentage of children at Occold Primary School who were eligible for pupil premium during the financial year (2012-13) was   4%.The Pupil Premium Grant was £1,869.
  • The percentage of children at Occold Primary School who were eligible for pupil premium during the financial year (2013-4) was 4%. The Pupil Premium Grant was £2,700.
  • The percentage of children at Occold Primary School who were eligible for pupil premium during the financial year (2014-5) was 6%. The Pupil Premium Grant was £6800.
  • The percentage of children at Occold Primary School who are eligible for pupil premium during the current financial year (2015-6) were 13%. The Pupil Premium Grant was £12,460.
  • The percentage of children at Occold Primary School who are eligible for pupil premium during the current financial year (2015-7) are 13%. The Pupil Premium Grant is currently £11,880.

We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. Pupil premium funding will be allocated to prioritised classes, groups and/or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all vulnerable children will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time. As a school, we fund programmes for the benefit of vulnerable children that amount to a higher cost than the premium we receive. We do not regard this as an issue since although vulnerable children are the priority for this funding we are aware that other children will benefit from the structures, resources and training we put into place using this grant.

The range of provision typically includes:  

  • Providing 1 to 1 individual coaching or small group work with a teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning. This may be part of a formal intervention scheme or a bespoke programme tailored to the child (e.g. the teacher or TA may pre-teach work from the upcoming week so that the children can keep with their peers).
  • Specialised training for teachers and teaching assistants in order to meet the academic and pastoral needs of our children.
  • Contribution towards the costs of trips to provide the opportunity for rich cultural, character building and deep learning experiences.
  • Provision of aspirational experiences to raise self esteem and encourage children to set their sights high (e.g. visit to UEA).
  • Provision of educational specialist resources such as mathematic manipulatives (e.g. Numicon), computer software (e.g. Spelling Tutor) and training in the use of these (e.g. Clicker 5).
  • Use of 1 to 1 tablet devices for individuals to act as communication tools, memory aides, to provide links between home and school and for use with adaptive intervention software (e.g. Spelling Tutor, Clicker 5 and Sumdog).
  • Professional advice from specialists such as Educational Psychologists (when these resources are not available from LA) to assess children and give advice and how to best support them.
Impact

The impact of these provisions is monitored regularly so that their effectiveness can be reviewed and modifications to provision can be made if necessary. A report on the strategic use of this funding and the impact on pupils can be viewed here.


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Paul Parslow-Williams,
11 Jan 2017, 09:47