The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months and for children from service families.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds often do not do as well as their more advantaged peers and the funds are aimed at helping to bridge the gap. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Our pupil premium strategy 2015-2017 document contains full details.
Pupil Premium Funding for 2014-2015
St John Fisher Pupil Premium Grant for 2014-2015 is £144,300. For each eligible pupil the school will receive £1,300. We currently have 111 pupils eligible to receive this funding (Based on Spring 2014 census.)
Spending- Employment of Learning Mentor and related training packages
To support children to overcome any barriers to learning, to improve children’s self-confidence, self-esteem, general well-being, enjoyment of school and improve attendance to improve the outcomes for our children. To provide on-going support and assistance to our families. To be a lead professional and initiate the Common Assessment Framework when required. To receive on-going training, in particular, to access the Children and Young Persons’ Project (ChYPP) through the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. To work collaboratively with our Attendance Officer to improve attendance.
Spending- Employment of Part- time Year 6 Booster Teacher
To support identified children to ensure they reach their full potential by the end of Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and maths.
Spending- Professional Development Opportunities
To ensure teachers and teaching assistants receive on-going professional development to further improve the quality of teaching, learning and provision. The Grant will fund some training opportunities including, the implementation and resourcing of ‘Big Maths’ across the whole school and another maths initiative called ‘Success at Arithmetic.’ The Grant will be used to employ independent consultants and fund training opportunities to improve the outcomes for children.
Spending – ‘Every Child Counts’ and related Teaching Assistant programmes – Employment of ECC Teacher and related resources
To improve the achievement and progress of targeted children, to boost their self-confidence, knowledge and skills in maths ensure the children reach their full potential in maths.
Spending – ‘Every Child a Reader’ and related Teaching Assistant programmes and resources
To improve the achievement and progress of targeted children, to boost their self-confidence, knowledge and skills in reading to ensure the children reach their full potential in reading.
Spending – Funding of specific enrichment activities or equipment and resources
To ensure pupils are provide with the equal opportunity to access enrichment activities, for example, residential trips, music tuition, uniform or specialist equipment.
Pupil Premium Funding Impact Statement for 2013-14
In 2013-14 St John Fisher School received a pupil Premium Grant of £100,800. The grant was used to fund several initiatives aimed at supporting pupils to improve their attainment and progress and support the children to overcome any barriers to their learning and progress. The Grant was spent on the appointment of a learning mentor, appointment of a Year 5 and 6 ‘Booster Teacher,’ Some early intervention support and materials, professional development opportunities for staff, the continuation of the ‘Every Child Counts’ initiative and its related interventions and the introduction of the ‘Every Child a Reader’ initiative. Both of these interventions are aimed mainly at Key Stage One pupils.
Numerous families and children have received support from our Learning Mentor and our Early Intervention Support. The number of CAFs offered and accepted has increased and many are closed with successful outcomes for our families and children. All families have commented positively about the support they have received. This has been a successful initiative and appointment and will continue to be a priority in 2014-15.
Year 5 and 6 Booster Teacher
The appointment of a Booster Teacher has been a successful initiative, the small group teaching of targeted pupils has not only shown that the children have made progress in reading, writing and maths also that the children have enjoyed the group work and report better understanding of concepts and feel their confidence has improved.
The employment of our own speech and Language therapist has had a significant impact on the number of children with speech and language difficulties. Children are now attending sessions during school time and they are receiving the attention they require quickly, support and advice is also shared with our SENCO and class teachers so that they can continue to support children on a daily basis. Resources such as, books, guided reading materials and Numicon have been purchased to support children’s learning
Staff Professional Development
Part of the Grant was used to fund on-going professional development to further improve the quality of teaching and learning. Teaching Assistants now deliver, handwriting, phonics, maths or reading initiatives and support small group groups of children or on a 1:1 basis. All staff have received on-going professional development to further improve the quality of delivery provision in guided reading, writing and maths, internal monitoring and external moderation support Ofsted view that the quality of teaching is at least good with some outstanding and is further improving.
‘Every Child Counts’ and ‘Every Child a Reader’ and related Teaching Assistant Programmes
Both of these interventions and related programmes have been very successful, parents, children and staff have all commented on the benefits of these programmes, all of the data collected for the children involved in these initiatives and their related programmes show good progress and achievement.
Although we recognise there are still gaps for certain groups of pupils we continually strive to ensure ALL of our pupils reach their full potential. We monitor data – children’s attainment and progress as well as their general well-being regularly and we identify needs and act accordingly to ensure we are narrowing the gaps.
Pupil Premium Funding (2012-2013). We received £67,200 which was spent on:
IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING – 2013 KEY STAGE 2 SATS RESULTS
% of Pupil Premium children attaining Level 4 or above:
Reading 83%, Writing 89%, Spelling, Grammar and punctuation 83%, Maths 83%
If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.