Pupil Premium Report 2016-17
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
St Philip Neri is an expanding school. The number of Pupil Premium pupils has more than doubled within a year from, 2014-15 (16 pupils); 2015-16 (37 pupils) to 40 pupils (2016-17). The parents of children at St Philip Neri value their children’s education, and our school, very highly. As a staff we believe that all the children at St Philip Neri should be able to succeed. We take pride in considering the needs of each child and providing them with the targeted interventions that will make the difference for them.
Our Mission Statement, “We aim to promote a learning community based on the Gospel values of Love, Trust and Respect where the achievements of everyone are recognised and celebrated,” encapsulates the school’s vision. We aim to provide the right environment, where children experience success so their confidence grows and they are enthused and excited by the curriculum. We also work hard to involve families in their children’s learning.
Objective of Pupil Premium Spending
When making decisions about using pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, poor social and emotional skills, behavioural difficulties or attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all.’
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups and further accelerate the progress of pupil premium more able pupils. Through our targeted interventions and ‘Narrowing the Gap’ in class support we are working to eliminate the barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
In order to make decisions about Pupil Premium spending we analyse data carefully and make use of the research evidence.
- In 2016-17 we made the following changes to strengthen our provision and meet the needs of the children.
- A TLR Phase leader structure was established this year to strengthen the Senior Leadership team and lead EYFS & KS1. The Deputy Head Teacher is Phase Leader for KS2. The aim of this is to provide closer monitoring of the quality of teaching and learning.
- Research indicates that teachers can learn a great deal from peer observation. Triangular observations have helped share good practice.
- Teaching Assistants are employed within classes supporting in class in the morning and working either on 1-1/small group Interventions or ‘Narrowing the Gap’ focused work addressing targeted pupils on areas of weakness identified from teacher assessments.
- The HLTA delivers ‘1st Class @ Number Intervention’ three afternoons a week to two groups of four pupils.
- Spring 2017 – A Lead teacher and TA have accessed training to deliver the intervention ‘Better Reading @ Primary’ to targeted pupils in Year 1 and Year 2.
- Spring 2017 – A Lead teacher and EYFS teaching Assistants have accessed training to deliver the intervention ‘Early Talk Boost’ to targeted pupils in EYFS.
- We provide a range of enrichment activities both within the curriculum and extra curricular. We provide residential outward bound experiences for Years 5 & 6. Pupils who are eligible for pupil premium will be able to access financial support if needed.
- To improve the quality of children’s play, the school purchased a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and the accompanying training. This has enhanced the quality of interaction at lunchtimes significantly.
- Autumn 2017 – We were successful in getting funding to develop an area of wasteland for a ‘Peace Garden/ EYFS nurture garden. This will further enhance the well-being of specific pupils both at playtimes and during the school day.
Impact of Pupil Premium spending
Pupil Premium Funding for 2016/17 = 39 pupils x £1,320 + £300 (ex. service grant = £51,780 allocated funding
The current 36 pupils receiving pupil premium funding are in classes from Reception to Y6.
The impact of intervention on the progress of pupils eligible for pupil premium is monitored regularly; enabling us to plan further interventions for the rest of the school year.
Those for whom the pupil premium provides support are making good progress; where progress is slower than non-pupil premium pupils then further intervention is planned to accelerate progress. This is because the progress of all pupils is tracked closely and a programme of support is provided for any pupils that are found to be underachieving.
DATE OF THE SCHOOL’S NEXT REVIEW OF ITS PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY: JANUARY 2018