Pupil Premium

 

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011. It is money  that is paid directly to schools from the Government, to support certain groups of pupils with their learning and education. 

Who are the Pupil Premium children?

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. 

Generally, our PP pupils often have lower starting points in FS, particularly with communication and language. Confidence of all children can be lower and ability to complete home learning to a higher standard is less. The school has a lot of mobility so often PP pupils have had change of school due to a change of address.

How do we support our Pupil Premium Children?

At Towcester C of E Primary, we believe that children learn best from people and experiences. Children are often more excited about learning when interacting with a person - rather than a resource that might only be valuable in the short-term. This belief is supported by the children who in a survey in July 2017, said that they preferred verbal feedback about their work and, in July 2018, said that adults helped them to feel better about themselves.

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. This can be out of class, but we prefer it to be within their lessons as it is proven to be more effective.

The Pupil Premium money is used to fund this support through the use of their Teacher and/or Teaching Assistant. All teachers identify PP children on their planning in some way and there is a whole team approach to ensuring these pupils are getting the support they need.

To further support some individuals we use volunteers/charities/services such as 'Pets as therapy' and 'Beanstalk' who support with reading and develop self-esteem.

We have employed a Librarian who monitors and maintains our two libraries. These are open to all children 4 lunchtimes a week for 30 minutes each. Mrs Punter ensures the 'love of reading' permeates the school environment, talks to the children about their reading and book choices and helps teachers to promote reading within their classroom.

Our more able Pupil Premium pupils are given opportunities to meet up with other pupils in the Cluster or Trust 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. Last year, we used the cafe project as an enterprise opportunity to enhance their learning and experience.

We also provide our Pupil Premium pupils with different opportunities and experiences to enhance their learning that extra-curricular clubs or trips may provide. To aid this we use a voucher system where parents are given a voucher for £150 to use against educational services or activities provided at school.

What is the impact of our spending of the funding?

Analysis of our school assessment data from the past few years, indicates that the impact of this has been that most of our pupil premium and free school meal children make or exceed expected progress with some achieving very well - benefiting from our rich, broad curriculum.

This year, however, we have noticed a decline in the attainment of Pupil Premium children in Maths. This is an area we are going to be looking at through our School Development Plan this year. All teachers have been given explicit targets to raise the number of Pupil Premium children reaching 'Expected' or moving to 'Greater Depth' as part of their Performance Management this year.

 

 

What is our Budget and Action Plan for Spending in 2018 - 2019?

Pupil Premium 2018 - 2019

What was our Budget and Action Plan for Spending in 2017 - 2018?

Pupil Premium 2017 - 2018

Impact:

Results for 2017 and 2018

Percentage of PP and Non-PP children in the school achieving secure or higher in 2017 – 2018

 

All children

PP Children

Maths

79

70

Reading

82

77

Writing

78

64

Science

83

77

 

The gap is still wider in maths and writing and this is something we are looking to close in 2018 - 2019.

One of our aims last year, in-line with the school dvelopment plan, was to get more pupils, including PP, working at GD. We achieved this:

How many Pupil Premium children are working at Greater Depth (Exceeding) compared to last year?

Maths - Number

Reading

Writing

July 2017

(39 children)

July 2018

(48 children)

July 2017

(39 children)

July 2018

(48 children)

July 2017

(39 children)

July 2018

(48 children)

2 = 5%

6 = 13%

7 = 18%

10 = 21%

3 = 8%

7 = 15%

Pupil Premium Governor Report July 2018