Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018
At Two Gates Community Primary School, we are committed to providing excellent learning opportunities and experiences for all our children. This is reflected in our school motto: ‘Love Children, love Learning’. We continually strive to make our school a place where all children are valued and safe, feel good about themselves and each other, enjoy life to the full, are given every opportunity to achieve their potential and are encouraged to contribute positively to their school and wider community.
What is Pupil Premium?
In the Government White paper, The importance of Teaching 2010 it states,
‘The attainment gap between rich and poor opens up before children start school, is visible during the infant years and increases over time’.
The Pupil Premium Grant is an additional amount of funding allocated to schools by the government to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals, those who are in the care of the Local Authority (Looked After Children) and pupils who are adopted from care.
Schools are allocated their funding annually based on the number of pupils eligible for the grant. Schools then make decisions about the best use of this money to target support towards children who are vulnerable to under-achievement so that they have the best opportunity to achieve and make progress in line with their peers i.e. ‘diminishing the difference’.
In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged and not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has identified as being disadvantaged or vulnerable to underachievement. Not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one time.
When deciding how to spend the pupil premium grant, it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning which may be faced by eligible pupils in the context of our school. Each child entitled to the pupil premium grant is unique in their situation and our response to their needs reflects this.
The school’s pupil premium grant for 2016 -2017 was £154,980.
Our funding was targeted towards planned expenditure in four areas:
Learning and the Curriculum
Early Help and family learning
Social and EmotionalWell-being
Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum
Learning and the Curriculum
|Mathematics training for all staff, and kinaesthetic resources||£1500|
|Grammar Training and kinaesthetic resources||£1940|
|Targeted intervention- both 1-1 and in small groups in identified areas of need throughout school under the guidance of phase leaders and the SEN team, including precision teaching and small group tutoring through personalised learning plans||£23,000|
|Teaching assistant support for identified vulnerable pupils– group and 1-1 with language development and basic skills- phonics, speaking &listening and reading||£10,000|
|SENDco & Assistant SENDco targeted hours on intervention and assessment||£25,000|
|Early Years support (1-1/group) for identified vulnerable pupils||£2005|
|Dyslexia Centre 1:1 support for identified pupil||£1000|
|Online e learning programmes to support in basic skills- reading and maths- and assessment and enable home learning||£8710|
|Peripatetic music tuition and orchestra||£6000|
|Forest School provision||£7500|
Early Help and Family Learning/Support
|Nurture provision- ‘Den’ Sessions||£12,000|
|Early Help Co-ordination to support families||£6000|
|Family Learning- Basic skills||£4500|
|Attendance improvement initiatives and monitoring||£2800|
|Supporting pupils with medical conditions and disabilities to access the full curriculum and wider opportunities||£7000|
|Family counselling (siblings) for targeted families||£1000|
Social and Emotional Well-being:
|Inclusion initiatives -chat and play/build to express||£15,000|
|Training on emotional well-being||£300|
|Social and emotional support for 1:1 and group support||£4010|
|Educational Psychology Services||£1300|
|Play Makers initiative to promote play and leadership||£1900|
Enrichment Within and Beyond the Curriculum
|Instrumental tuition -providing quality music instruction on string instruments and opportunities to perform.||£2520|
|Partially subsidised residential visits for pupils in receipt of free school meals||£1495|
|Subsidised educational visits and inspirational visitors||£6500|
|Reading incentive initiative||£2000|
All use of funds is monitored for best value by the leadership team and Governing Board. Outcomes, pupil progress and attainment are tracked and monitored closely to ensure impact in a variety of ways such as: data analysis, learning walks, pupil discussions, discussions with parents, case studies, observations, book looks and any other specific ways as determined by the initiative.
This enables school leaders to evaluate the effectiveness of provision and adapt or enhance as necessary.
However in 2017 some issues were identified when comparing our disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes with those of pupils nationally in:
- the year 1 and 2 phonic screen
- attendance and persistent absence for pupils in receipt of free school meals
- writing attainment at KS2, for the middle prior attainment group; on analysis there were other significant factors impacting on attainment for this group
These areas were taken into consideration when allocating pupil premium expenditure for 2017-2018.
In all other areas, there was no significant gap between the performance of pupils in receipt of pupil premium and those pupils who were not.
Please click the following link to see the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2017-2018