Pupil Premium at Greenslade Primary School 2016/ 17
The Pupil Premium is a sum of money paid by the Government to schools in addition to our main, delegated budget. Each child who has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) over the last six years, or is in or has been in Local Authority Care (a Looked After Child or LAC) or whose parents are in the Armed Services attracts a sum of money to be spent by the school on improving their outcomes. The aim of this funding is to raise aspirations, address issues related to underlying inequalities between children and to improve educational outcomes for a group of children who are seen to be disadvantaged. Our ambition is to close the attainment gap between our Pupil Premium children and their peers. The Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011, and is paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on school census figures.
During the academic year 2016 / 17 we have 57 children receiving Pupil Premium. Our overall allocation will be £75,240
Use of Pupil Premium funding at Greenslade
Following research, and our own analysis based on school self evaluation we have chosen to spend the money received to support children receiving Pupil Premium in a variety of ways. The money is not added to our overall delegated budget, but targeted for specific, additional support.
In 2016 / 2017 children who attracted Pupil Premium funding will receive the following support:
We use Pupil Premium funding to ensure that our community benefit from having a full time Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Our school has an extremely inclusive ethos and a high proportion of children receive SEND support.
More than half of our children on the SEND Register also receive Pupil Premium funding. We have found that the ability to have one experienced and highly skilled person with a full time responsibility to provide direct teaching to individuals and small groups of children, to meet and support parents and carers, to provide advice for teaching and non-teaching staff, to lead training, to coordinate and lead learning intervention programmes and to liaise with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, counselors and Speech and Language Therapists has made an enormous impact on our ability to meet our vulnerable children’s needs. Therefore a portion of the Pupil Premium funding has been used to make up the cost of employing a full time SENCO. Year on year our SEND data reflects the success of this strategy. We match the proportion of money we allocate toward the cost of making our SENCO fulltime with the proportion of children on the SEND register who also benefit from Pupil Premium funding.
We use Pupil Premium funding to provide additional targeted, teacher led, individual and small group intervention programmes. Pupil Premium Children across the school receive short bursts of focused support for Reading, Writing and Numeracy. Our objective is that they make accelerated progress, close the gap and catch up with their peers.
We are very aware that not all children who are on Free School Meals are underachieving and so we allocate a portion of the Pupil Premium funding toward the overall cost of providing additional targeted teacher led small group support for our More Able children to ensure we are stretching them and enabling them to meet their full potential. The targeting of additional teaching support has also meant that class teachers have a greater opportunity to work with those children who receive Pupil Premium funding as classes are smaller during the sessions when support is being provided.
A portion of the Pupil Premium funding will be used to provide small group learning intervention programmes run by a group of specifically trained Learning Support Assistants. These include a Literacy booster programme called The Fisher Family Trust, additional targeted phonics programmes, additional Speech and Language programmes and early language programmes eg “Talk Boost”.