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In our school all members of staff and governors ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the educational differences between children in schools and promote progress.
We are committed to ‘Narrowing the Gap’ between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium Grant forms a vital part of that process.
However, the Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Grant to support any pupil who has been identified by the school as socially disadvantaged.
‘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.’ DfE
All our work through the Pupil Premium Grant will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Literacy and Numeracy. It may also be used to target able children who receive FSM to achieve L3 at the end of KS1 or L5 at the end of KS2.
The impact of that support meant that all targeted pupils at Year 6 were able to access the end of key stage tests to a better level. The outcome in English was better than in maths. This additional teaching time supported a change of class teacher for the second half of the summer term.
50% of Y2 pupils who resat their phonics met the phonic screening requirements. The other 50% were pupils with SEN
Good rate of progress from intervention programmes.
In addition to the above teaching and learning provision, the school addresses other educational inequalities by financially supporting children (using the FSM criteria) in the following:
Educational trips and visits (supporting pupils and additional member of staff). TOTAL; £1,638
Additional hours for TA role to support vulnerable pupils with transition from Y6 to High School and from KS1 - KS2. £3,400
Pupil Premuim Grant for 2016-17: funding for 8 pupils
We will continue to support pupils in Y6 through funding of an HLTA for 2 hours per week initially who will work with PP pupil within a small group to ensure he meets national requirements. An additional TA will support PP pupils in Y5 for 2 mornings per week during maths.
A part time teacher will allow class 3 teacher to support individuals or a small group of pupils for part of a morning to close gaps in learning which are identified during the week.
An experienced teacher will support our new Y6 pupils from September through support interventions.
We will continue to support families with musical instrument tuition, the cost of school trips, any holiday activities and extra-curricular activities.
A full break-down of expenditure will be displayed once all funding has been received - funding comes in quarterly with the first amount due at the end of June.