Pupil Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

 PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2016 - 2017

We were delighted that in the last school year we managed to close the gap entirely in reading and mathematics, and there was a significantly smaller gap in writing by the end of Key Stage 2. For these reasons we will continue to use our pupil premium funding to maximize impact for the pupils eligible and continually measure the impact of interventions we provide.

For this financial year, the school's pupil premium grant allocation was £132580.00

The main barriers to educational achievement for pupils eligible for pupil premium at our school are poor school attendance (including moving to other schools and back again), speech and language difficulties - particularly in the early years, lack of parental support, and poor life experiences.

To address these issues we have continued to work closely with Kent County Council and our attendance officer, to address school attendance. This has included meeting with parents whose children have attendance below 90%, the use of penalty notes for persistent absence, and home visits. These measures have not had an impact upon pupil premium funding, which we use solely for educational purposes.

To address speech and language difficulties, we have a speech and language therapy assistant on site, planning and delivering programmes for half a day each week. We aim to increase this in the future if necessary. This work is carried out in conjunction with the work of the speech and language therapist at the local primary healthcare trust. These individual plans are supported by the intensive work in classrooms, particularly with the use of Talk for Writing and The Power of Reading, which are rich in vocabulary, and receptive language is addressed.

In previous years the school supported parenting through the provision of parenting courses run in school time by outside providers. This was found to impact few parents and was short term. Instead, the school now targets families whose children are unable to complete homework at home (for what ever reason) and ensures that they have support with a trained teaching assistant after school hours. In addition, our Family Liaison Officer (Tara Kennedy) is available to offer assistance with parental concerns (including behaviour management and personal issues). We work closely with specialist children's services and floating support from agencies such as specialist domestic abuse services. Our school also offers a counselling service with Time2Talk, which supports the emotional development of our pupils, and parenting strategies. All of our spending in this area is focused upon ensuring that pupils eligible for this funding make at least expected progress, and ensures accelerated progress where possible.

In supporting the school ethos of 'learning for life', we provide as many life experiences as possible, including within the school day. This includes visits to the theatre, at least once every year. In this school year we will be visiting The Lyceum Theatre with the whole school (including those children in the nursery), to see Lion King. A residential trip, with outward bound activities; local museum trips; and a trip around London to view historical sites. In addition we welcome workshops from theatres and animal charities.

We spend our pupil premium funding on the following activities:

Reading Recovery

A designated Pupil Premium teacher 

Specialist teaching assistants for mathematics

Shanghai Maths programme for Years 1 and 2 (only pupils eligible for this funding)

Maths Club (before school starting at 8.20am)using the Assertive Mentoring programme

After school homework support with a teaching assistant (Key Stages 1 and 2)

Leading Literacy specialist teacher for writing at Key Stage 2

Additional days educational psychologist time

A visit to the theatre 

A learning mentor working on behaviours for learning with specific pupils for half a day each week

Time2Talk counselling

Speech and Language therapy assistant

The next review of the school's pupil premium strategy is: March 2017

To measure the impact of of the strategies used, we assess each child's progress against national expectations, six times per year. For each intervention we ensure that the money spent is having an impact upon the pupil's progress against age relate expectations, in reading, writing and mathematics. For some pupils, using their counselling strategies for example, they will now be able to make progress in the curriculum because they are better able to control their behaviour. Where a child is notprogressing, we assess why this is, and consider stopping that intervention entirely. We aim to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils reach at least age related expectations in reading, writing and mathematics (now described as 'expected'), and are therefore ready to start their secondary schooling.

In the last academic year, the school spent it's pupil premium allocation on the above interventions and activities. Our SATs results at the end of KS2 demonstrate that 100% of pupils achieved at least expected results in reading. 88% of pupils achieved at least expected results in writing. 96% of pupils achieved at least expected results in mathematics. In other years, pupils eligible for pupil premium funding, including those with significant special educational needs, closed the gap considerably. Through our tracking of progress we are able to ensure that, for example, maths club before school has 100% of pupils who attend regularly (every day) working at or above national expectations.

 

PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2015/2016 - £132000.00 (Including EYFS Pupil Premium of £1034.00)

Our SATs results for 2015 have indicated that we are spending this funding appropriately, and targeted support is having a significant impact upon pupil achievement. In this school year we have supported pupils eligible for Pupil Premium in the following ways, which are above our core offer of support: