Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium 2016-17

Download:  PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2016-2017

At Longwell Green Primary School we believe all children deserve the very best education no matter what their background.  We continuously monitor the progress of all our pupils to ensure that they are achieving their best.

In 2011 the government introduced some funding for schools called Pupil Premium in order to support the progress of vulnerable groups.  The funding is paid directly into the school and the amount received is based on the number of pupils who receive free school meals, children in care and children of parents in the armed forces.

We are free to spend this funding as we see fit.  The school spends this money in a variety of ways to raise pupils’ learning to ensure the benefit of each child although Ofsted recommend successful approaches which may include:

  • well-targeted support to improve attendance, behaviour or links with families where these were barriers to a pupil’s learning
  • ensuring support staff (particularly teaching assistants) are highly trained and understand their role in helping pupils to achieve
  • allocated their best teachers to teach intervention groups to improve mathematics and English
  • involving governors in the decision making and evaluation process.

Barriers to learning may include:

  • poor attendance and increased number of broken weeks
  • lack of parental engagement and support for home learning
  • poor communication and language skills
  • low attainment in English and Maths
  • lack of funding for school trips and residential trips
  • ensuring pupils have regular meals and a balanced diet.
  • poor motivation and lack of aspiration

 

Pupil Premium 2015-16

In 2015-6 the total Pupil Premium we received was £55,066 and this year it is £54,700

Our Pupil Premium was and is being spent on:

  • Professional development of all teaching staff to securing high quality teaching in every lesson
  • Additional teaching assistant hours to provide support for teachers and help provide targeted interventions
  • Additional teaching assistant hours to support the emotional well-being of pupils through nurture intervention and/or 1:1 mentoring
  • Continued professional development of the wider staff team to support the needs of all pupils

This has raised pupil achievements through:

  • Improved attainment and progress for those pupils who received reading, writing and mathematics intervention
  • Excellent end of EYFS and KS1 results
  • Improved behaviour and engagement in lessons
  • Additional support and advice given to individual families as necessary
  • Good attendance.

Our pupil premium strategy is reviewed annually.

2015-16 How the money was spent:

Amount received: £57 500

Area of spending Proportion of cost paid for from the pupil premium grant Approximate amount paid for from the PPG
A full time HLTA appointed as Family Link Adviser, whose work will prioritise PPPs   £4 337
Non-contact time for middle leaders, whose work will prioritise tracking and improving the achievement of PPPs 20% £2 595
Running interventions in which the needs of PPPs are prioritised 20% £6 533
Dedicated non-contact time for the Deputy Head spent on the school’s Learning Explorers initiative, focused on raising achievement of PPPs 100% £8 778
HLTA support for the Learning Explorers initiative 100% £2 551
Admin and other direct costs of the Learning Explorers initiative 100% £11 800
1:1 support for a particular PPP. 100% £4 083
Extra TA support in lower KS2, where we have more than 50% of our PPPs. 60% £8 166
  Total £48 843*

* This leaves the school with a contingency fund of around £8500 to be used flexibly to support the individual needs of PPPs throughout the year. Last year, £11 250 was spent from reserved PP money on laptops from which the PPPs continue to benefit this year.