Pupil Premium Funding & Impact
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is 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.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At Greatwood the interim amount for pupil premium is £72,900 –
The large majority of this money goes towards the cost of enhanced staffing to ensure best possible outcomes for children – this includes:
A Numbers Counts teacher delivering targeted Maths catch-up programmes for Year 2 children and since 2013 targeted Key Stage 2 (Yr 6 children). In addition she provides training and support to TAs in other catch-up interventions.
Early Intervention Speech and Language Therapist – working with children in Nursery and Reception to identify S & L difficulties and ensure that staff are equipped with the necessary skills and resources to ensure that identified children make good or better progress.
In addition, a large proportion of PP spending contributes towards the costs of employing Higher Level TAs in each year group who are able to provide higher quality teaching and support of targeted children and groups of children linked to needs.
Examples of the type of support provided by our high quality support staff include:
Delivering quality interventions
• One to one teaching
• Literacy & Numeracy interventions and catch-up groups
• Screening for specific difficulties
Pastoral and SEAL (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning) support:
PP Funding is also used towards
Impact of Funding
Pupil Premium children achieve well at Greatwood. Pupil progress is tracked across all year groups each term with the aim of ensuring that all our Pupil Premium children are making good or better progress each school year.
Evidence of the impact of interventions and one to one support is monitored closely to ensure that this has a positive impact on Pupil Premium children’s learning and progress at school. We put a high value at Greatwood of not only focusing on end of Key stage 2 outcomes but rather at the whole picture. For example, the impact of the work of our Numbers Counts teacher has been mainly on the attainment and progress of children currently in our Year 2, 3 & 4 so far with many children making as much as 18months or more age-related progress in a relatively small amount of time. This will have an impact on future maths attainment and progress as these children move through the school.
Year 6 Progress Indicators - 2016
Our outcomes for disadvantage pupils were very good when looking at progress for Reading and Writing. Due to a lower than expected outcome in the Maths test for some children, this resulted in progress in reading being just below the national average.
(a score equal to 0 represents the national average - a score greater than 0 represents progress above the national average - a score below 0 represents progress is below the national average)