Pupil Premium- How our money is spent - Please note details are on information page

Please note that due to the changing demographics of our school we have identified the need for a Pupil Premium Policy which details specific spending. This will be ratified at the Spring Term Governors Meeting. However, due to extremely small cohorts, a decision will need to be made as to whether the policy is published on the school website. As always, any questions or queries can be directed to PP lead, Mrs B Athey.
Pupil Premium 3 Year Overview
 
The Pupil Premium is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure), are in care (children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months) or who have parents in the Armed Forces.
 
How much pupil premium does our school get?

We have a very small minority of our children in receipt of Pupil Premium. For the budget year 2015-2016 the Pupil Premium allocated to our school budget was £6600. For the school year 2016-17 this was set at £9,845
( including ever 6 and forces pupils). For the School Year 2017-18 the amount has increased to £14,820. Following the January census  ( 18th January) we expect this to rise to over £19,000. This is carefully accounted for by our Headteacher, Mrs Belinda Athey and Governor for Pupil Premium, Steph Tuczemskyi.
 
How is it spent?

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. We are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
 
 
Historical Information 2015-16
We have high expectation for all our students at Whittingham C of E First School ( now Primary). The Pupil Premium Grant enables us to target our resources so that all students have the same academic aspirations. We believe this can be achieved through the following:
  • Improvement in English and Maths at KS1 or KS2 as appropriate.
  • Raising self esteem and self confidence.
  • Enriching students’ outlook on life and raising aspirations.
  • Enabling students to close the gap in their progress compared to their peers.
  • Support students at risk of exclusion or who need support with their behaviour.
  • Enabling additional teaching staff to ensure small class sizes and classes with no more than 2 year groups being taught within them.
We will encourage parents and carers of children receiving the FSM PP funding, to offer their ideas on what will most help stretch them further, to help them aim high, or to build their confidence like having a mentor, taking part in activities to develop social or language skills. Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities.If children are behind in English, maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have a small group or one-to-one teaching. We call these ‘accelerated learning’ programmes. We choose the classroom approaches and accelerated programmes that research shows work.Please see evidence of research at www.suttontrust.com. We spent some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people. How much parents and carers get involved in their children’s learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school. So we spent money on activities that help keep you informed about their targets, and confident in knowing how to support their learning.
 
2016 -17 Expenditure -
All our Pupil Premium Children (including FSM, Ever 6 and Forces)
 were provided with a basic School Uniform for all our Pupil Premium children ( our uniform changed completely this year and governors felt this was a good use of money).
Contribution towards the cost of employing 2 x  full-time teachers in KS2 to enable to small classes of 17 children rather than one large class with 3 year groups of 34 children and 2 x 0.5 teachers in Early Years enabling the class to be taught as a unit all day rather than Reception class being taught in a class of 3 years groups during the afternoons.
 In addition- For Pupil Premium in receipt of Free School Meals we -
Provide FSM / milk
May pay for trips and transport costs for trips - this is discussed on an individual basis and is reviewed by governors annually.

How will parents know it is working?

We track all children’s progress every half term, so we can quickly see if plans are working. If your child takes part in an accelerated programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme, and at the end, so we can see the difference.

We will report to you at parent’s evenings, held each term, but if you would like information on your child’s progress at any time, please get in touch with the class teacher.
 
 
3 YEAR Impact Review - 
Significantly higher level of children getting a good level of development of better at the end of Early Years Foundation Stage than local and national averages.Significantly higher level of children getting a good level of development of better at the end of Early Years Foundation Stage than local and national averages.
Significantly higher level of children passing Year 1 Phonics Test than local and national averages.
Higher level of children reaching Age-Related expectations or better than local and national averages.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about how we plan provision and track progress please speak to the PP lead / SENco/ Headteacher, Mrs Athey.
 
What are we spend the Pupil Premium on this year?( including historical information)

2015-16
Additional Teaching Assistants in order to provide one to one time for those children. After School Clubs, residential trips for those children eligible for Free School Meals. Training for Teaching Assistants in order to deliver specialised intervention programmes. To fund small group tuition and booster classes. A key change for this year ( 2016-17) is that we have enabled the appointment of additional teaching staff to ensure small class sizes and classes with no more than 2-year groups being taught within them. 
 
2016 - 17
 For all children in receipt of Pupil Premium, we have-provided School Uniform for September 2016 intake ( our uniform changed completely this year and governors felt this was a good use of money).
 
Towards the cost of employing 2 x  full-time teachers in KS2 to enable to small classes of 17 children rather than one large class of 3-year groups of 34 children. In Early Years 2 x 0.5 teachers to enable the children in Reception to be taught in an Early Years Unit all day rather than being taught in a class of 3-year groups each afternoon.
Smaller class sizes to support Behaviour for Learning, confidence and resilience, as these have been areas identified for school improvement.
 
For children in receipt of FSM in addition to the above may receive-
Full subsidy for the cost of school meals and milk.
Subsidy for the cost of trips and transport costs for trips.
Subsidy for the cost of After School Clubs.
In addition to above parents are free to contact Belinda Athey (Headteacher) in confidence regarding financial assistance relating school activities.
 
2017-2018
Contribution towards employment of  4 full-time teachers to enable children to be taught in classes which do not have mixed key stages within them.
Continued resource and development of RWI/ Fresh Start Programme.
Purchase of Accelerated Reader ( chosen following EEF research)and resources to implement to all children from 6-11 years.
Development of Reciprocal Reading Strategies ( chosen following EEF research) in KS 2.
Purchase of First News subscription and paper copies where needed to enable children to develop their understanding of global issues.
Funding for trips, Such as Science and Engineering Bring It On and motivational speakers ( past pupils project) to instill a sense of belief in their own importance and to enable pupils to have aspirational goals for their own future.
We also hope to employ a new Teaching assistant which will enable a staffing re-structure to enable our small group interventions to develop.