Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium Grant is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; or who have received free school meals in the past 6 years, those looked after by the local authority/adopted or under special guardianship and children of armed service personnel.
Shillington Lower School is committed to promoting the progress and attainment of all our pupils, whatever their backgrounds. The Pupil Premium Grant is used to assist Shillington Lower in our overall aim of helping children achieve their full potential as learners and young people – it supports us in achieving our vision of ‘enjoy, aspire and achieve together to be the best that we can
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year schools received the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
Schools also received £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
Shillington Lower; Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG)
For 2015/16, 15% of the children at Shillington Lower were eligible for Pupil Premium.
Total number of pupils on roll = 124
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG = 19
Total amount of PPG = £27,980
For 2016/17, 13% of the children at Shillington Lower were eligible for Pupil Premium.
Total number of pupils on roll = 131
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG = 17
Total amount of PPG = £24,180
Shillington Lower: Allocation of Pupil Premium
We use our Pupil Premium allocation to provide the following support:
- All classes in our school have additional highly qualified adult support. This ensures that the needs of our disadvantaged pupils can be met in small groups or if necessary 1:1 with their teacher or another well qualified teaching assistant;
- Following substantial professional development as part of the MITA project (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants) through Achievement for All, our dedicated support staff in collaboration with the class teachers, ensure access to the curriculum by the provision of interventions in reading, writing and mathematics for disadvantaged children who are not making expected progress or reaching national levels of attainment;
- We employ a qualified teacher for two mornings per week to provide additional support for identified pupils in KS2 for English and Maths;
- We employ a sports mentor one hour per week to work with identified pupils;
- We have a high adult: child ratio in our Early Years Foundation Stage class to ensure that disadvantaged children can be taught in small groups and this helps us to address needs around communication and language and personal and social development from early on in a child's school career. This is because early intervention ensures rapid progress;
- We have a robust tracking system which enables us to track the progress and attainment of children in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Science and Mathematics. This tracking is analysed by all teachers, Head Teacher and SENCO to ensure that all children, whatever their backgrounds are able to access the curriculum and are making good or outstanding progress in their learning. This robust tracking ensures teaching assistant support and Pupil Premium teacher support is targeted to support disadvantaged pupils at risk of underachieving and those requiring challenge to extend their thinking and aspirations and to reach their potential;
- We provide lunchtime clubs, after school clubs, trips and visitors to enrich the curriculum and make sure that all children have additional learning experiences within and outside the normal school day. Pupil Premium funding is used to ensure disadvantaged pupils are able to participate fully. This increased participation has impacted on self- belief and well-being;
- We purchase school equipment and uniform to enable disadvantaged pupils to fully access the curriculum and participate in every aspect of school life to impact on self-esteem;
- Whole staff training opportunities are used to share the school’s underlying philosophy that all children have the capacity to achieve and deserve the optimum opportunities to do this. Continuing professional development is used to increase the skill set of class teachers and specialist teaching assistants.
The approaches outlined above have achieved the positive impact detailed below. We will therefore continue to deploy all of these strategies. In 2016-17 we will also extended out support activities:
- Employ a TA specifically for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and SEND to provide intervention, support and enrichment for pupil premium children. We use our specialist nurture expertise to provide targeted intervention for any disadvantaged child who is failing to make expected progress due to social and emotional difficulties or trauma;
- Employ an additional Midday Supervisor to support those vulnerable children; leading gardening activities, mindfulness activities ….
Impact of pupil premium
Tracking data shows that Pupil Premium children are making expected progress and this is comparable with their peers from their relative starting points.
By the end of their five year journey from Year R to Year 4, the number of children in receipt of Pupil Premium working at expected standards or greater depth was above non-disadvantaged for reading, equitable for writing but below for maths. Outcomes for this group of Year 4 pupils at Shillington Lower was significantly above Local Authority data for reading and writing and marginally lower for maths.
This funding is crucial in helping us to increase our provision and the opportunities for our eligible pupils. If you think your child will qualify for free school meals or you would like to find out about the eligibility criteria please contact our secretary Ms Sarah Howard in the school office.
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