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Pupil Premium

 

What is the Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), or who have claimed free school meals in the last six years. It is also available for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

The main aims of pupil premium are to:


• Increase social mobility
• Enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best education
• Reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils
• The level of the premium in 2020-2021 is £1,345 per pupil for pupils eligible for FSM and for pupils in care who have    been continuously looked after for six months.
• This amounts to the following:
• £108,255 in 2020-2021
• £98,320 in 2019-2020
• £88,100 in 2018-2019
• £106,920 in 2017-201

Main Barriers to Educational Achievement faced by Eligible Pupils
Briefly and in no particular order some of our children entitled to Pupil Premium may encounter the following barriers:


• Poor attendance and/or late arrival at school
• Poor wellbeing, confidence and engagement
• Passive attitude to learning
• Low literacy and numeracy skills
• Difficult family breakdowns and ongoing family turmoil
• Lack of resources at home to extend learning
• Lack of opportunities to access clubs/ experiences out of school
• Poor parental involvement
• Parental mental health issues, other ill health issues
• Limited speech and language on entry to school
• Of course some of the children do not experience any of the above barriers

 

What are we using the Pupil Premium Funding for?

 

Pupil Premium report 2020-2021

Objectives for Pupil Premium at Roach Vale
The Pupil Premium funding will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and raise the standard of achievement for disadvantaged pupils. The funding will be used to close the outcome gaps for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. We will ensure that the funding reaches those children who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

Pupil premium funding 2020


• For the financial year 2020/21 31% of our pupils were entitled to benefit from Pupil Premium funding
• The school receives £1,345 per year for each child who is entitled, for Looked After Children or post-Looked After Children the school receives £2,345 per year for each child and for Service families £300 per year for each child
• In the current financial year 2020/21 the school will receive £108,255 Pupil Premium funding

 

Objectives for using Pupil Premium at Roach Vale


As a school, we have identified the needs of those pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding and will ensure the funding is directed to support the progress of those pupils to reach their full potential. We aim to achieve this by:
• Providing additional support to accelerate children’s basic skills in literacy and mathematics
• By providing or working with outside agencies to provide support for children and their families to strengthen emotional and social wellbeing
• Providing small group and 1:1 support for pupils in their learning
• Proving additional teaching and learning opportunities for pupils delivered by Learning Support Assistants
• Providing Teachers and Learning Support Assistants with training and development to support and supplement quality first teaching

Overview of proposed spending at Roach Vale
Use of Pupil Premium
Item Cost 2020/21
Counselling – Emerging Butterflies
 

These are services which are brought into the school for one day a week from a local business. During this day children and their families are supported, particularly with their emotional and social wellbeing. The services provided to use from this local business include:


• Counselling for children and their families
• Theraplay counselling
• Parenting support
• In-class therapy support

 

£4,408.00
Quality First Teaching - To recruit and retain experienced teachers to provide quality first teaching in order to meet the needs of all disadvantaged pupils.

£58,091.00
One to One support work - For disadvantaged pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 who are at risk of falling below age related expectations. This is so that they can be tutored in areas of weakness to enable them to close the gaps between themselves and their non-disadvantaged peers.

£12,477.00
Educational Resources - To purchase quality learning resources so that disadvantaged pupils can have access to up-to-date support materials which they otherwise may not have at home e.g. study guides, educational magazines, ICT equipment etc.

£6,820.00
Educational Visit support - To financially support children entitled to Pupil Premium Funding so that they can access school trips and broaden their educational experiences.

£1,000.00
Staff counselling - For staff who might benefit from advice and support through structured counselling so that they are able to deliver high quality first teaching at all times for all pupils

£1,000.00
Special Educational Needs - To provide support to pupils who are both disadvantaged and with special educational needs so that they can access all educational opportunities provided for them.

£3,000.00
Attendance – As there is a correlation between attendance and Pupil Premium the school works in partnership with and attendance solutions project manager so that she can create and implement strategies to encourage and enforce school attendance for our disadvantaged pupils.

£2,200.00
Training – To provide CPD for staff so that they know how to support the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils at school and also use proven strategies to accelerate the learning of disadvantaged pupils


£5,770.00
Educational Psychologist - For the services of an Educational Psychologist to support disadvantaged children who are experiencing barriers to their learning, so that their mental wellbeing allows them to be ready to learn.


£1,000.00
Additional Support Staff - To identify barriers and interests to support disadvantaged pupils so that they receive targeted support, especially if they are under-performing


£12,489.00


Total £108,255

Outcomes as a result of Pupil Premium spending in 2019/20


Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) outcomes


• In our school 7 out of 25 children were entitled to Pupil Premium funding in Reception (28%).
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who were on target to achieve a Good Level of Development as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 57% compared to 78% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of -17% between our two groups. This is less than the gap within Essex which was -18% in 2019.

Year 1 phonics check


• In our school 5 out of 29 children were entitled to Pupil Premium in Year 1 (17%)
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who were on target to pass the phonics screening check as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 60% compared to 100% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of 40% between our two groups. This is less than the gap within Essex which was -12% in 2019.

Key Stage One results


• In our school 9 out of 27 children were entitled to Pupil Premium in Year 2 (35%).
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who achieved the expected level in reading as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 44% compared to 82% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of -38% between our two groups.
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who achieved the expected level in writing as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 44% compared to 88% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of -44% between our two groups.
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who achieved the expected level in mathematics as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 56% compared to 77% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of -21% between our two groups.

Key Stage Two results


• In our school 9 out of 27 children were entitled to Pupil Premium in Year 6 (33%).
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who achieved the expected level in reading as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 67% compared to 67% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of 0% between our two groups.
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who achieved the expected level in writing as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 67% compared to 67% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of 0% between our two groups.
• The percentage of our Pupil Premium children who achieved the expected level in mathematics as of 20th March (when schools were closed due to the coronavirus) was 56% compared to 78% of non-Pupil Premium children. This represents a gap of -22% between our two groups.

Measuring the Impact of Pupil Premium Funding


All our work through the Pupil Premium Grant will be aimed accelerating progress moving pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding to at least age related expectations in reading, writing and maths.

The school will evaluate and review the impact of Pupil Premium Grant spending via data analysis and regular pupil progress meetings that take place between class teachers and the Deputy Headteacher half termly. Also, through observations/drop-ins from Senior Leaders and subsequent dialogue with staff.

The Headteacher and Senior Leadership team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact.

In 2019/20 we spent the Pupil Premium Allocation on:


• A local deliver group to access services including counselling, Theraplay, family support workers, social workers and a speech and language therapist
• Quality First Teaching
• Educational resources so that pupils have up-to-date support materials
• Support for day trips, residential trips, base camp costs, resources, music
• Staff counselling
• The Write Stuff training so that all staff were trained in this new approach to writing and new materials to support this approach were purchased
• The services of an Educational Psychologist to support pupils who experience barriers to their learning
• Targeted SEN support and 1:1 in addition to those grant funded
• Attendance support to create and implement strategies to encourage attendance for our pupils

The next review of the school's pupil premium strategy will be in April 2021

 

 

 

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