Pupil Premium

 

 Serving the parish of St Hugh and St John

 

Pupil Premium

 

All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. St Hugh's is committed to ‘Narrowing the Gap’ if one is found to exist between vulnerable pupils and the pupil premium forms a vital part of that process.  

 

Provision will be made through:

  • Facilitating pupils’ access to education
  • Facilitating pupils’ access to the curriculum
  • Alternative support and intervention within the school

 

Reporting Pupil Premium

 

It is the responsibility of the governors to explain pupil premium expenditure to parents in the form of an annual statement. There is no set format for the report of pupil premium. St Hugh's Catholic Primary School will publish details of a report online annually. This report aims to detail information on how Pupil Premium has been used within school. This report will detail the attainment and progress of pupils who are covered by the premium and the intervention that has been supported by the additional funding. Reports will also detail the progress made towards narrowing the gap and this will be supported by reported data and academic progress. Regular reports will be presented on the progress of pupils supported by Pupil Premium to the Pupil Premium link governor and the Board of Governors at St Hugh's Catholic Primary School.

 

Pupil Premium Expenditure Report 2014-15

 

What is the Pupil Premium?

  1. The Pupil Premium1 was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. It is based on January 2012 school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns.

 

  1. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. We expect that measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, the government also required schools to publish online information about how

they have used the Premium.

 

  1. The level of the premium set for 2014–15 was £1300 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals and for pupils in care who had been continuously looked after for six months. Service men/women's children were also eligible at a rate of £300 per pupil.

 

How much Pupil Premium has the school received?

  1. For the financial year April 2014 to March 2015, the school initially received funding through Pupil Premium of £ 54,900

This figure rose with a series on in year adjustments based upon the January 2015 Census.

Pupil Premium £ 54,900

Post LaC (Adoption) + £13,300

Ever 6 FSM adjustment + £10,400

Children in Care + £1350

Service Child + £300

 

Final amount received was increased to £80,250

 

Early indications for 2015-16 equate to conservatively estimated allocated amount of £66,600 (50 pupils at £1320 + 2 service pupil at £300) 7.6% of an estimated FTE of 657. At this point the possibility of the addition of adjustments is unknown.

 

How have we used the Pupil Premium?

 

  1. The table below lists the different strategies which have been used in school to support students. The scope and range of activity is wide and reflects those approaches identified by

 

Not every pupil who is eligible for Pupil Premium has taken part in each activity, and those that have are not restricted to those of low income or vulnerability.

 

  •             Individual plans for each student were constructed according to need.
  •           There was a mix of individual and group support.
  •             Key worker Teaching Assistant mentoring support.
  • Additional training for Teaching Assistants to enable better support in    class
  • Teaching Assistant support in class.
  • Proportion of salary of Teaching Assistant Posts to support       reading          across the school
  •             Early intervention programmes including literacy & numeracy.
  •           Transition Reception to Year 1. Year 2 to Year 3. Year 6 to Year 7.
  •           Subsidising targeted in-school clubs and activities.
  •           Targeted skills based and/or social, emotional, behavioural support.
  •           Provision of School Uniform
  •           Purchase of improved learning resources
  • Subsidising after school clubs
  • Subsidising school trips
  • Proportion of the cost of specialist visitors to school to broaden pupil   experiences Science Day

Impact of the Pupil Premium.

 

  1. In common with other schools1 we believe that it is still too early to assess fully the impact that the Pupil Premium is having on raising achievement and/or improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. As a school, we track the performance of all pupils very carefully and will continue to use indicators such as eligibility for Pupil Premium (in the same way that we do for SEN, ethnicity, EAL etc.) to identify the performance of groups of pupils against their peer groups and to address the agenda of Narrowing the Gaps. The longer that tracking continues for pupils, the more secure the judgement that can be made with regard to progress. Short time scales, and small numbers of pupils, produce data that are prone to misrepresentation.

 

  1. In common with other schools1 we also recognise that is it is difficult to disaggregate the impact of Pupil Premium work from the other things that we do to support vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils both now and in the years prior to Pupil Premium funding. The deputy headteacher is responsible for continually assessing the progress of the Pupil Premium children through tracking and data analysis.

 

  1. In judging the impact of the Pupil Premium it should be understood that the school has over many years had a focus of inclusion and support of all pupils where staffing levels both within the classroom and through support staffing (and the cost to the school in providing this) have reflected this practice. What is therefore effectively a different funding mechanism for disadvantaged students cannot be expected to be transparent in proving a meaningful impact.

 

  1. The school monitors with increased scrutiny the academic attainment and progress of all pupils but particularly those pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions.

 

References:

 

  1. Pupil premium: funding for schools and alternative provision

From:Department for Education First published: 25 March 2014

Last updated: 1 May 2014

Support for children and young people, Children's services, Support for children and young people, Schools and colleges, Raising the achievement of disadvantaged children, Children and young people and Schools + others

 

  1. Toolkit of strategies to improve learning, The Sutton Trust, 2011;

www.suttontrust.com/research/toolkit-of-strategies-to-improve-learning/.