Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.

Overview

The PPG is aimed at Reception to Year 11 pupils who are from low-income families and are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).

This category now includes any child that has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

The funding also covers children in care aged 4–15 who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. These are referred to as Children Looked After (CLA). A service premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

We always ensure that matters regarding the use of the Pupil Premium fund are treated sensitively and with discretion.  We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils and we recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.

In the academic year 2017-18 Beulah Infant and Nursery School will have an allocation of £76,560 based on last year’s pupil numbers.

 

Summary of main barriers to attainment in academic year 2017/18

Trends in our data have enabled us to identify the following areas as the main barriers which we aim to overcome using our additional funding for eligible pupils:

  • The percentage of pupils eligible for PPG reaching the expected standard in writing at the end of KS1 is lower than for all pupils
  • The percentage of pupils eligible for PPG reaching the greater depth standard in maths at the end of KS1 is lower than for all pupils

How we will spend PPG to address these barriers in the academic year 2017/18

We aim to target our spending to overcome these main barriers by:

  • Funding 1:1 and small group support from teachers and teaching assistants to address areas where learning is either falling behind or could be further accelerated
  • Funding additional support beyond quality first teaching in the classroom through booster classes and Easter school, targeting reading, writing and maths
  • Funding educational experiences for eligible children which enhance the curriculum and engender a life-long love of learning
  • Where appropriate, supporting with after-school and pre-school care and clubs so that stability is established
  • Developing our pastoral support service through Play Therapy and Music Therapy to address barriers holistically
  • Purchasing additional resources to support reading at home and providing adult supported access to an online reading scheme before school
  • Funding and providing home learning packs for Nursery and Reception children to use with their families
  • Funding Speech and Language Therapy within school

How we measure the impact of our PPG spending during the academic year 2017/18

We will measure the impact of our pupil premium spending by:

  • Analysing performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • Analysing in year data which looks at the progress and attainment of different groups of pupils within the school on a termly basis
  • Monitoring and evaluating the outcome of teacher and TA led intervention work regularly

The review of the impact of our PPG spending strategy is ongoing throughout the year and reported to MACs (Governors) on a termly basis.

For end-of-year attainment of PPG eligible children, a detailed break-down of how PPG was allocated and the impact of this expenditure on eligible and other pupils, please click on the PPG spending links below:

First published on 13th July, 2017 and modified 17th October, 2018

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