Pupil Premium funding for Ecclesall Church of England Junior School
The Pupil Premium funding is received by schools annually to improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any barriers to learning. From April 2011 children were given £400 per year for children who:
- were registered as eligible for free school meals
- had been looked after for 6 months or longer
From April 2012, the pupil premium funding was extended to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years (Ever6)
For the 2015 to 2016 financial year schools will receive:
- £1,320 per pupil of primary-school age
- £935 per pupil of secondary-school age
- £1,900 per pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order
Pupil Premium funding for Academic Year 2014/15 (Sept 2014-August 2015)
£26,716 (7/12 of 2014/15 Financial Year £45,799)
£13,750 (5/12 of 2015/16 Financial Year £33,000)
= £40,466 funding received for Pupil Premium
This has been spent in the following ways:
Lessons were timetabled to allow individual tutoring for pupil premium children in reading, writing and maths. We have skilled Level 3 and Level 2 Teaching Assistants who work with the class teacher to target support within the lessons where possible and if appropriate. The Teaching Assistants receive training updates and work under the direction of the Special Needs Coordinator. Additional time is timetabled to revise the class work or apply the learning.
Small Group Work:
Letters and Sounds is the phonic programme that the school follows and children are organised into bands of ability. They receive the appropriate blends for their age. Pupil Premium pupils who require additional reading support are targeted and the Rainbow Reading programme is delivered as a small group but the pupils take this to their classes for additional practise.
Bespoke programmes have been devised by the teachers for reading comprehension, or countdown maths and mental recall. The Pupil Premium pupils are included in these groups to ensure that they are making the progress that they are capable of and more.
Sports participation: We receive a Sports Premium. This is explained further under the heading, Sports Premium.
There are many extra -curricular opportunities and once again we encourage participation, money is negotiable and should never be a barrier and we would always encourage parents to write or phone the school if payment is becoming an issue.
Residential trips have been organised to allow the children to spend adventurous days in the Oakes Centre at Norton for Y4, Kingswood in Dearne Valley in Y5 and the Y6 went to France. Once again pupils receiving the pupil premium can use this entitlement towards the cost.
Pupil Premium also supports some of the costs towards music lessons.
Attendance at school has been very good and the children have been enthusiastic about the extra learning opportunities provided. Our attendance is currently 97.5%
There has been progress made in ‘narrowing the gap’ between pupils receiving Pupil Premium and those who do not. This is monitored through Pupil Progress meetings every term and evidenced to parents in reports.
In 2014 our Y6 Pupil Premium pupils achieved SATs results in line with their peers who did not receive the Pupil Premium. They were in line with their peers in maths, slightly better in reading and slightly below in writing. Our current Y6 Pupil Premium pupils are on track to make good progress in line with their cohort.
Our attainment was graded as “Outstanding” in the Ofsted 2011 report but we are not complacent. Each teacher is aware of which pupils are not making progress and actions are taken to correct this.
The number of children entering the school has increased significantly above the original forecast and parents are pleased with the strategies that the school has implemented.
Without cost from the Pupil Premium budget we also arrange Parents Curriculum Evenings, special assemblies and major events such as festivals. If any child is not participating in an opportunity we will contact the parents to ensure that all children take part. Many parents join our very proactive Parents Association (EPTFA) which has been instrumental in organising additional events for the children, as well as raising funds to purchase new equipment for the school – our Ipads, our adventure playground and climbing wall were wonderful additions to the outdoor facilities and all children benefit tremendously from it.
Pupil Premium funding for Academic Year 2015/16 (Sept 2015-August 2016)
£19,250 (7/12 of 2015/16 Financial year £33,000) September 2015 to March 2016.
An unknown amount April-August 2016 (5/12 of 2016/17 Financial Year).
The funding will be used in the best way possible to ‘close the gap’ and overcoming any barriers to learning.
This will include:
- 1-2-1 tutoring
- Small group work
- Club participation
- Music participation
- Trip participation