The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is attached to any child who has been in receipt of FSM in the last 6 years.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. 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.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
For the academic year 2015/2016, Allerton Church Of England received £190,714 Pupil Premium Grant funding. Initial allocation was £172,870. This is based on FSM (current and Ever 6) and Children who are Looked After by the Local Authority.
Following the publication of a number of pieces of research (Including Ofsted and The Sutton Trust) we have targeted our PPG at interventions and practices which have been proven to work most effectively.
Pupil Premium funding is currently being allocated as follows:
Additional staffing to support the varying teaching & learning needs of children.
- An additional experienced teacher (UPS3) working with each class in school, for blocks of 2 weeks, targeting visual literacy; this culminates in a performance for parents and carers to celebrate the children’s learning.
- A UPS3 teacher targeting vulnerable groups in Key Stage 2- her emphasis is on direct small group teaching of maths skills, and one to one phonics and reading
- In Foundation Stage, the Assistant Head Teacher is non class based, targeting groups of vulnerable children.
- In Key Stage One, there are 5 classes and 6 teachers. This ensures targeted support can be put in place for children who need extra help to achieve their potential.
- The Deputy Head Teacher is also non class based and will be supporting in different year groups throughout the year. Following careful analysis of ongoing assessment, the deputy head will deliver interventions with an emphasis on PPG children
- Following analysis of the Year 1 phonics data, the Deputy Head will be targeting teaching to support further acquisition of appropriate phonological skills .
Targeted SEMH interventions by mentors in school
- The Learning and Behaviour Mentors prioritise FSM/PPG pupils for their nurture and support groups including behaviour and self-esteem. They liaise with a newly appointed ARM Cluster Play Therapist to ensure use of the most effective intervention strategies.
- The Family Support Worker targets our most vulnerable families, developing relationships with the children in school as well as their parents; this is regarding academic support in school, advice on learning support at home, attendance and punctuality, home routines.
Wave 2 Interventions
- Short-term intervention programmes are in place for underachieving pupils and those in receipt of Free School Meal funding, and are delivered by trained TAs. This includes Catch Up Numeracy, Mathletics, Lexia, Reading Eggs, Dockside and Read Write Inc 1-1 sessions.
- Each class has full or part time support from a teaching assistant in order to ensure all pupils are able to benefit to their full extent from being in school. PPG children are highlighted on all planning and targeted to receive additional support – last academic year, the impact of this was seen especially in KS1
- The whole school have online access to Reading Eggs and Mathletics at home
Before and After School Activities
- Before and after school booster groups for reading (Reading Eggs) and maths (mathletics) from Reception and Year 1, plus some PPG children within KS2
- The Learning Mentor provides a daily breakfast club for our most vulnerable PPG children, which is by “invitation only”.
- PPG status of all children who access after school activities is tracked. A cookery club is being run targeting PPG children and their families
- A new minibus has been leased to support easier and less costly enhancement of the curriculum for all our children, but the impact should be especially noticeable for the least well off families