BRIGHTLINGSEA JUNIOR SCHOOL
PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011, and is paid into schools by means of a specific grant based on the number of pupils:-
- registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) during the preceding 6 years.
- who are “looked after” by the local Authority (Children in Care) or post ‘looked after’ children (e.g adopted following a period in care)
- whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
The Pupil Premium is additional to the main school funding and the intention of the grant is to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
OBJECTIVES FOR PUPIL PREMIUM IN THIS SCHOOL
- The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils
- The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and other children
- As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
- We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
The Senior Leadership Team will regularly monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact.
The government believes that headteachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. As a school we are held accountable for the decisions we make through:
- The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
- The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
- The reports for parents that schools have to publish online.
PUPIL PREMIUM ALLOCATIONS
2011 – 2012
Due to the numbers of pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) at the school we were allocated £19662 Pupil Premium funding over the year.
2012 – 2013
Due to the number of students in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), or who had been registered as claiming FSM in the last 6 years (Ever6) and a very small number of Looked After Children and children from Service families, we were allocated £42,868 Pupil Premium funding over the year.
2013 – 2014
Of the 302 pupils on roll in April 2013 11% were receiving free school meals, 25% had received free school meals in one or more of the previous 6 years (Ever 6), 0.66% were a child looked after and 0.66% were children from service personnel. In total 26% of our pupils were entitled to Pupil Premium funding giving us an allocation of £68,100 over the 2013-2014 financial year.
2014 – 2015
For the 2014-2015 financial year we received £105,100 in pupil premium funding. This came from 76 pupils (26%) who had received free school meals in one or more of the previous 6 years (Ever 6) at £1300 per pupil. In addition we received funding for three pupils who were looked after or adopted at £1900 per pupil and 2 pupils from service personnel backgrounds at £300 per pupil.
For the 2015 – 2016 financial year our Pupil Premium allocation was £107,580, this was made up of Ever6, Looked after and Adopted pupils and Military Service pupils.
2016 - 2017
Of the 333 pupils on roll in April 2016 21% (71 pupils) had received free school meals in one or more of the previous 6 years (Ever 6), giving us an allocation of £93,720 for Ever6. In addition to this we receive Pupil Premium funding for Military Service pupils, Looked After Pupils and some of our Adopted pupils giving us a total allocation of £123,998 over the 2016-2017 financial year.
There is no requirement to report separately on the Service Premium, or indeed on individual children. In meeting this reporting duty schools will need to observe their continuing responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998 to ensure that individuals or groups of individuals, including children funded through the Service Premium cannot be identified.
Pupil Premium FAQ DFE website
STRATEGY FOR USING THE FUNDING
Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Source DfE website
The school has identified the needs of those pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding and will be focused on accelerating progress of pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding to at least age related expectations. This will be achieved by:
- Providing additional support to accelerate children’s basic skills of literacy and numeracy
- Providing or commissioning wrap-around support for children and families to strengthen children’s emotional and social wellbeing
- Providing small group work for pupils and/or 1:1 support for pupils entitled to PP funding to help them make improved progress and to raise their standards of achievement
- Providing additional teaching and learning opportunities for pupils entitled to PP funding provided through trained LSAs or external agencies
- Purchasing effective materials for pupils entitled to PP funding aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics.
- Improving the teacher:pupil ratio and avoiding an mixed age class for a small cohort (Y6 2016 cohort)
- Embedding Assertive Mentoring across the school to improve rates of progress for all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Increasing knowledge and understanding of staff regarding issues affecting our most vulnerable pupils.
- Funding the schools participation in the NAHT Aspire partnership.
MEASURING THE IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING
The school was inspected by Ofsted in June 2015, their report states:
“Staff provide good support for disadvantaged pupils and those who are disabled or who have special educational needs, so that they make good progress.”
“The school uses its pupil premium funding effectively to staff small teaching groups for eligible pupils and to provide some one-to-one teaching. This has ensured that these pupils make good progress.”
“The governing body checks that the pupil premium has had the intended impact on standards and that it is helping to close the attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and others.”
“Disadvantaged pupils receive a wide range of support which is effective in helping them to make good progress. As a result they are catching up with their classmates. In the national tests, at the end of Key Stage 2 in 2014, disadvantaged pupils were more than two terms behind other pupils in the school in mathematics, and less than two terms behind them in reading and writing. Compared to other pupils nationally, disadvantaged pupils were more that two terms behind in each of these subjects. Current school data shows that disadvantaged are two terms behind in mathematics and one term behind in Reading. This is an improvement on the previous year. The improvement in writing is not as good and the pupils remain more than a term behind their classmates.”
The school was inspected by Ofsted in July 2013, their report states:
“Pupils supported by the pupil premium funding make good progress. In the current Year 6, these pupils are less than one term behind their classmates in reading and writing and close to the performance of other pupils in mathematics. This represents a small narrowing of the gap from 2012. Their progress is good because funds are spent effectively on individual support for pupils, books to encourage them to read, and on making sure that they have the same range of opportunities and experiences as other pupils.”
The school will evaluate the impact on each pupil through Pupil Progress Meetings held each term. Evaluation will focus on academic gains and also how pupils’ self-confidence has developed as a consequence of any intervention.
Please download our most recent Pupil Premium report below. This will provide details of spending and actions taken for our Pupil Premium children, as well as their outcomes.