What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals (FSM), those who are Looked After Children (LAC) and those who are from service families. This is because the DfE has recognised that a good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. Pupil Premium provides additional funding specifically linked to the objective of boosting pupils’ attainment.
The Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. The DfE have agreed that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. We are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within the school. Warren Primary School has recognised that the best way of enabling our pupils to succeed is to achieve high levels of attainment and good rates of progress. As a school, we dedicate a significant proportion of our pupil premium allocation directly into ensuring all pupils receive high quality teaching and learning. However, we also recognise that some children have significant barriers to learning and that those children and their families may require additional support to overcome those barriers. Therefore some of our Pupil Premium resource is spent on providing support in those areas. Our overall goal is to give all our pupils equal opportunities to achieve their full potential, academically and socially, through access to high quality academic, cultural, sporting and nurturing opportunities and support. In this way, the Pupil Premium funding will help us to close the learning and/or life experience gaps which may exist between different groups of pupils.
The school carefully tracks impact on attendance, behaviour, emotional well-being, but ultimately it is anticipated that the impact on pupils will be shown in academic achievement.
Pupil Premium funding is provided by the Government to address the underlying inequalities between those children identified as disadvantaged and those who are not. It is recognised that securing high levels of attainment and good rates of progress is the best way of steering our pupils towards a future free of deprivation. Warren Park has decided to dedicate a significant proportion of its pupil premium allocation directly into ensuring all pupils receive high quality teaching and learning. However, we also recognise that attendance, behaviour, emotional well-being, home life are significant barriers to learning and that those children and their families may require additional support to overcome those barriers. Therefore some of our Pupil Premium resource is spent on providing support in those areas. By spending money in these areas has supported the impact that by the end of Key Stage 2 the gap between Pupil Premium children and Non-pupil premium has narrowed.
The spending of the money falls into three main areas:
By having additional teaching staff has meant that children have been able to access both pre and post additional sessions as well as being taught in smaller groups. This has ensured that the gap between PP children and non PP children is relatively small by the end of KS 2
The cost of this areas has been in providing additional teaching staff in each year group, plus employing a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) 2 days a week.
Combined Reading, Writing and Maths data 2016
|Pupil Premium children||67%||60%|
When the separate subjects are compared it is only in writing that Pupil Premium children don’t do as well and the gap is only 1%.
|Pupil Premium children||73%||59%|
2. Providing a “Can do attitude”
“If children’s emotional needs are meet then they can focus on academic needs” – John Hattie’s research.
To support children’s emotional needs:
- All classes have fortnightly PHSE lesson.
- The school has employed 2 ELSAs and are training a third one.
- The school subsidies school both day and residential trips.
- Plus all of KS1 children were able to go to the theatre.
3. Supporting home life
The school supports home life by:
- Parents feel supported with dealing with their children’s behaviour outside of school
- Children start school having had a breakfast
- Increased attendance rates for individual children
The school have employed a full time Home School Link Worker and provides a free breakfast club.
The school spends the money to enhance the educational provision for those children that are entitled to it. The money we spend is more than we are given but the governors have agreed to spend the extra money to provide these extra areas of support for our pupils. The figures shown are only the costing under PP funding and are not the fully amount necessary to provide these support.