Pupil Premium at Locks Heath Junior School
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium funding is available to:
- Local Authority maintained schools, including special school and pupil referral units.
- Voluntary-sector alternative provision with local authority agreement
- Special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS)
- Academies and free schools, including special and AP academies
Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
Financial year 2015-2016
In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will 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 to Year 6
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- A special guardianship order
- A child arrangements order
- A residence order
If a pupil has been registered for Free School Meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
School also receive £300 for:
- Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 11 recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
The DfE have agreed that it is for school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility.
Pupil Premium at Locks Heath Junior School
At Locks Heath Junior School we always strive to ensure that all children make good progress. Our pastoral care and vigorous monitoring and tracking of all pupils help us to identify any pupils who are at risk of not making sufficient progress and have helped us to plan and implement good intervention strategies.
The profile of our school shows that 15.4% of pupils (79 pupils) are eligible for Pupil Premium finding in the financial year 2016-2017 and that the school will receive £85,560.
How is the Pupil Premium being used?
Support at Locks Heath takes many different forms and has been used to enhance provision specifically for individual children and thereby promote learning and deepen engagement and to provide, as needed, pastoral support through Emotional Literacy Support and or Home link worker. Funding has also been used to ensure that children are not disadvantaged in taking part in wider curriculum opportunities, e.g. Residential Trips, Music Lessons, providing uniform.
We have used our Pupil Premium allocation to fund the following:
- Support staff who provide intervention groups and support for emotionally vulnerable children.
- Additional teacher hours to ensure continuity for children throughout the school week.
- Booster and enrichment groups for academic support and challenge.
- Booster and enrichment resources to enhance learning, such as group reading books.
- Home link Worker to support families and boost attendance of vulnerable pupils.
- Support from external services e.g Behaviour Support to reduce barriers for learning
- Tablets to support vulnerable pupils with phonics and times tables.
As the school places a high priority on the support of all children, additional funding from the school budget is used to supplement the Pupil Premium funding.
Impact of Support
Our school evaluates the impact of this additional support alongside our regular assessment cycle. Evaluation focuses on academic gains and personal development; including how pupils’ self-confidence has improved as a consequence of intervention.
Analysis of assessment data shows that Children who received Pupil Premium funding 2015-16 closed the gap in their learning from the previous year.
Our 2016 SATs results are as follows:
Mathematics: Pupil Premium Children who achieved 100+ = 14/17 pupils - 82% (Non 86%)
Reading: Pupil Premium Children who achieved 100+ = 12/17 pupils - 71% (Non 79%)
SPaG: Pupil Premium Children who achieved 100+ = 11/17 pupils - 65% (Non 75%)
Pupil Premium Children who met the expected standard across all subjects = 71% (Non 69%)