The Pupil Premium is an amount of money the government allocates to each school to support children, who may be vulnerable to under achievement, to reach their full potential. It is particularly aimed at pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.
Read on to find out about how the pupil premium funding will be spent in 2017/2018
Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18
Barriers to Learning and Educational Achievement at St Margaret’s C.E Junior School
As a school, we have summarised the main barriers to learning faced by some of our pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.
- Cognitive delay- a large number of our children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding are also on the SEN register for cognition and learning. Many others may find that they make less progress in a particular subject due to many different reasons
- Emotional or behavioural delay- we have many children with specific social and emotional needs which may have a negative effect on their learning
- Access to extra-curricular activities – trips, music lessons, sporting activities/after school clubs
- Environmental Issues – we always take into consideration environmental issues for pupils and will offer support to parents/carers where and when necessary
Strategies being used for 2017/2018:
Intervention support for targeted groups of children needing extra help to boost their progress and help them reach their potential.
Speech and language therapy.
Financial support is available to children from families where circumstances are particularly challenging, to enable them to participate fully in a wide range of enrichment opportunities such as school trips and residentials.
Contribution to the salaries of our Family Liaison Officer, teaching assistants, HLTAs and specialist teachers.
Free milk for all Pupil Premium children as stipulated by The School Food Plan: milk – and the revised food-based standards.
The purchase of learning resources.
Provision of external Play Therapy, counselling, and mentoring services.
How will Impact be Measured?
At St Margaret’s, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of our pupils’ attainment, are used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention for our PP children.
These processes take the form of
- Pupil Progress meetings held with class teachers and SLT termly
- Rising Stars termly assessments
- Specific individual assessments e.g. Sandwell Early Numeracy Test
- Provision maps
- End of Year standardised tests
- Assessment for Learning
- Any targeted intervention which takes place has its impact measured by entry and exit data
Pupil Premium Strategy Review Meetings
Review meetings will take place at the end of every seasonal term.
At each meeting, we will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item in Governors Meetings.
Dates of next Pupil Premium Strategy Review:
Designated staff member in charge: Mrs J Smith
Pupil Premium Governor: Mrs W Parker