Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools and is money that is paid directly to schools from the Government, to support certain groups of pupils with their learning and education.
At Towcester the pupils who are eligible for this support are ones that qualify for or have qualified for free school meals in the past six years, looked after children or children from service personnel. Each pupil gives £1320 to enhance the school budget and provision to close the possible gaps between that of their peers.
For all Pupil Premium pupils we identify an area of learning that they might be finding difficult or need extending in e.g. phonics, reading, writing, maths etc. and then put in support to help these pupils so that they catch up or even exceed their peers. The Pupil Premium money is used to fund this support and also provide pupils with different opportunities and experiences that extra-curricular clubs or trips may provide. To aid this we have introduced a voucher system where parents are given a voucher for £150 to use against educational services or activities provided at school. This meets the needs, and is a fair provision, for all Pupil Premium pupils.
Analysis of our school assessment data from the past few years, indicates that the impact of this has been that most of our looked after and free school meal children make or exceed expected progress with some achieving very well - benefiting from our rich, broad curriculum. In July 2015, our school was ranked number 1 in the county for progress made by the Pupil Premium pupils at the end of Key Stage 2.
Currently at Towcester we are using some experienced Teaching Assistants to provide individual support, challenge or guidance for our Pupil Premium pupils within the classroom setting. Other pupils are supported by having extra small group work to aid their learning, and we have employed further staff to do this. We are also using the Pupil Premium money to offer help and support to some of our families through our Parent Support Advisor (PSA), Candyda Adams.
Our more able Pupil Premium pupils are given opportunities to meet up with other pupils in the Cluster to share talents and learning opportunities on themed days. We ensure that our More Able Pupil Premium Pupils attend 'Enrich' activities to develop their skills and experiences in a different context.
The formal review of Pupil Premium spending, and the impact it has, takes place every September and considers data from the previous academic year.
Total Income for Financial Year 2016/2017 £67,500
Teacher and TA support time including librarian -£51000
Vouchers for Pupils to enhance learning opportunities -£7650
External Support including PSA and learning mentor - £7450
Other expenses eg. resources - £1400
Total Income for Financial Year 2015/2016 £70,000
Teacher and TA support time including librarian -£49000
Vouchers for Pupils to enhance learning opportunities -£2550
External Support including PSA and learning mentor -£7450
Other expenses eg. resources - £11000
Total Income for Financial Year 2014/2015
|Teacher and TA Support Time||- £45,000|
|Vouchers for Pupils to enhance learning opportunities||- £5,100|
|External Support||- £5,455|
|Other expenses eg. resources||- £13,445|