Iford and Kingston CE Primary School
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support certain groups of pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6).
Pupil Premium is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority (CLA) continuously for more than six months. In East Sussex Pupil Premium for CLA is managed by the Virtual School for Children in Care.
In 2016-2017 the Pupil Premium funding will be £1,320 per pupil.
A pupil premium is also paid for those children who have been adopted from care. The amount of funding for these pupils is £1,900 per child.
The number of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium funding fluctuates considerably, ranging from 3.9% in 2011/12, to 7.7% in 2012/13 and rising to 10.2% in 2013/4. In 2014/15 the figure dropped to 6% and fell again in 2015/16 to 4.5%. In 2016-2017 6.1% of our pupils will be eligible for pupil premium funding. This is low, compared to the national average of 26.7%. If you think that your child(ren) may be eligible for FSM, details on how to apply can be found by following the link on the website.
How much Pupil Premium we received last year
In the financial year 2014/2015 the school received £17,500 and in 2015/16 the amount the school received fell to £11,416.
How we spent the money (and why)
Last year we spent the Pupil Premium funding in a number of different ways.
Many of the children benefitted from access to support services such as the Educational Psychology Service, the Language and Literacy Support Service (LLSS), COPES, Occupational Therapy Services and others.
All of the classes had additional teaching time made available to them as a result of the school's employment of an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and children eligible for Pupil Premium funding benefited from this, either by being taught in a small group or by benefitting from increased teacher attention due to the reduced size of the class. All children eligible for Pupil Premium funding received some individual or small group support.
Staff training and continuous professional development (CPD) has informed provision for children eligible for Pupil Premium funding, for example Attachment Disorder Training and THRIVE training (social and emotional wellbeing and development).
The school has a policy of offering a 50% subsidy to all Pupil Premium children who take part in curricular activities that attract a cost (for example, school trips including day trips and the Y5/6 residential week and the cost of inviting visitors to school).
Small group teaching time has allowed children to be supported to either consolidate an area in which they require additional support or to extend them to higher levels of learning. Using Pupil Premium money in this way also allows children not eligible for the funding to benefit by working alongside Pupil Premium children in the same group.
Some of the children worked in small groups with the SENCO to develop social skills.
The amount spent in some of these areas was actually greater than that shown below and the school has spent additional money from its budget to enable some of these things to take place. Governors are informed at all times as these decisions are made.
The impact of the spending on the pupils for whom Pupil Premium was paid
The use of external agencies has provided several children eligible for Pupil Premium with valuable support throughout the year. The type of support has varied from advice and assessment to develop academic progress to counselling and support for home-school issues including attendance. The impact of this work with outside agencies has been very positive with improved attendance and punctuality and increased self-confidence. Academic progress has also improved after interventions. All children in receipt of pupil premium funding were working at or above age related expectations at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Work on developing social skills allows children to be happier in the playground and in their friendships as well as making learning more effective.
No pupils were eligible for pupil premium funding in the Y6 cohort in 2015-2016.
All pupils eligible for pupil premium funding accessed trips and residential opportunities offered by the school.
How much Pupil Premium will we receive this year?
In 2016-2017 the school will receive £18,320 in pupil premium funding.
How we plan to spend the money
SENCO salary £ 7, 560
HLTA salary £ 3, 000
Curriculum resources £ 1, 000
CPD £ 750
COPES* £ 2, 940
School trip subsidies £ 2, 025
Educational Psychology Service £ 245
Curriculum ICT support £ 500
Music lesson subsidies £ 300
Total £ 18, 320
*Children's Outreach and Parents' Extended Support Service