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Every school has a duty to ensure that each individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential.
The Government provides Pupil Premium funding, which is in addition to main school funding, to help address national inequalities between the achievements of disadvantaged children when compared with their wealthier peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are known to have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years, children who are in care and children who have been adopted from care. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
Finedon Infant School has received £38,140 of Pupil Premium funding from the Education Funding Agency for the year to 31st August 2016. Finedon Mulso CE VA Junior School has received £71,420.
We have prioritised the use of the Pupil Premium to:
- Accelerate the progress of eligible pupils in reading, writing and maths
- Support eligible pupils whose behaviour difficulties are a barrier to their learning.
- Support parents of these children in times of need.
We are using the Pupil Premium to fund three activity types:
- One to one and small group interventions – funding for members of staff to work with children during the school day or before and after school to raise their attainment in phonics, reading, writing and mathematics.
- In class support – funding for additional staff to support children with complex behaviour difficulties.
- Support for parents –funding for a Parent Support Advisor to work with families in need.
In addition, the schools will be subsidising enrichment activities including music lessons, attendance of extra-curricular clubs, the cost of school uniform and to provide some trips and visits at no cost or low cost to families on low incomes.
The effectiveness of this funding will be judged by the impact that it has had on the progress of the eligible pupils. The amount of progress made by the children who have received extra support will be measured each term and compared to the progress made by all other pupils. If the eligible pupils make accelerated progress, the gap between their attainment and that of the other pupils will narrow and their future life chances will improve. If the attainment gaps do not reduce, we will change the way that we provide support to these children.
Effectiveness of our use of the Pupil Premium in 2014/15
The Key Stage One test results of the pupils in Y2 at the Infant School prove that the extra reading support that we provided was effective as pupils eligible for Pupil Premium made better progress than the other pupils over the course of their time at the Infant School. This ensured that their attainment was in line with the attainment of non-Pupil Premium pupils nationally. The data also proved that our use of a programme called ‘Write Away’ with the pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium accelerated their progress and narrowed the attainment gap.
In 2014/15 we changed the way that we provided support in maths to pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium. Instead of using an extra Teaching Assistant to provide support in lessons, we used a qualified teacher to give eligible pupils some extra, individual tuition. The data shows that this type of support was more effective as it accelerated progress.
The Key Stage Two results of the pupils in Y6 at the Junior School prove that the extra support that we provided worked really well as the Pupil Premium pupils made excellent, accelerated progress. Consequently, in reading there was no attainment gap between our Pupil Premium pupils and non-Pupil Premium pupils nationally and in writing and maths the attainment gaps were small.