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Pupil Premium

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

The Pupil Premium Grant

 

Pupil Premium is a government grant which is allocated to schools based on the number of children eligible for free school meals and the number of looked after children. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between eligible children and their peers. Schools are entitled to spend their allocated Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) in a way they think will best support the raising of the attainment and achievement of these children. Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the funding in order to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of these students. Each eligible child at Brightside School is looked at as an individual and appropriate support designed to ensure they reach their academic potential and are able to access every area of the school curriculum.

 

At Brightside Primary School we believe that the most successful route to academic excellence is through high quality, focused teaching. To this end, we use a substantial portion of our PPG funding on employing an additional teacher and learning support assistants in order to provide small teaching groups for maths and literacy. Whilst working within a smaller group, under the guidance of a qualified teacher, children’s specific needs can be met more easily, enabling any gaps to be closed and full potential to be reached.

 

PPG funding is used to remove any ‘barriers to learning’ which may exist. Amongst other things, these may include low self-esteem, poor attendance, gaps in learning or a lack of confidence. Pupils should feel unique, valued and special, they should experience trips and be part of a wide range of extra-curricular clubs. Pupils may need interventions such a Lego Therapy Club or PACS (Positive Assertive Confidence Sills) training to thrive in all group situations and to build confidence and social-skills, or they may need to work with a counsellor for a few weeks to develop further self-belief and self-esteem. We know that happy children learn. PPG money is used to ensure all pupils are happy; all pupils are ready to learn.

 

Pupil Premium at Brightside Primary School 2015-16

Number of children funded by Pupil Premium: 54

Funding per pupil: £1320 (£1900 PPPG)

Total Amount Received 2015 – 2016: £95,281

 

Educational Support for the Pupil Premium Grant in 2015-2016

Action

Desired Impact

1 to 1 Mathematics Tuition for specific pupils to boost progress, attainment and confidence in mathematics from a qualified teacher either before, after or during school sessions.

To raise attainment in mathematics for children in Key Stage 2.

To address gaps in knowledge and accelerate progress.

To develop self-esteem, perseverance, resilience and confidence.

Additional teacher (mornings) to support children in small groups for mathematics in targeted year groups and reduce class sizes in Years 2, 3 and 6.

To raise attainment in mathematics for children in Year 3 and 5.

To reduce class sizes in the main mathematics lesson.

Additional LSA support

  • Early morning Gym Trail three times per week to support the physical and social development of vulnerable pupils.
  • Two learning support assistants were employed in the afternoons to provide 1 to 1 and small group support for academic, communication and/or social/emotional development programmes (e.g. Rapid Phonics, PACS, Lego Club, art therapy, Talk Boost and Peer Reading).
  • A Lunchtime club targeting social communication and interaction skills.

To offer additional withdrawn support on a 1 to 1 or small group basis for English, mathematics and phonics.

To address learning and social needs relating to language and communication skills.

To aid social and emotional development.

To boost pupils’ proficiency at physical tasks through improved motor control; to increase physical confidence, coordination and a sense of well-being.

Support from outside agencies:

  • School counselling services to allow counsellors visit the school regularly to work with a wide array of pupils.
  • Home/school liaison services to work with parents and families.

 

To support pupils’ self-esteem, enhance their attitudes to learning, their sense of well-being and their enjoyment of school.

To help pupils and families work through any issues which may be affecting their happiness and emotional development.

TA support in classes - Funding has enabled the school to ensure that every class is supported by at least one part-time teaching assistant (TA) to provide support during lessons to vulnerable learners in acquiring literacy and numeracy skills.

To ensure TA support is available in class in order to allow additional focus for identified students from the teacher and/or TA.

Specific financial support was made available to allow children to access before and after school clubs. The cost of residential and day trips was also covered as well as peripatetic music lessons.

To ensure no child misses a trip or opportunities this offers due to financial constraints.

To ensure equal opportunity for all children to access extra-curricular activities, especially sport, to aid health and wellbeing.

To enhance the curriculum.

School Governor and Head teacher attended Pupil Premium Conference

To ensure that best-practice was being followed and the PPG was being implemented effectively.

 

Progress and Attainment 2015-16

Progress and attainment of Children eligible for Pupil Premium is monitored termly by the senior leadership team, each child is individually tracked on Target Tracker and data reported to the school’s governing body.

 

Pupil Premium for Brightside Primary School 2016-17

Number of children funded by Pupil Premium: 53

Funding per pupil: £1320 (£1900 PPPG)

Total Amount Received 2016 – 2017: £83,879

 

The main barriers to educational achievement

Following the most recent Pupil Progress Meetings, the following barriers have been identified:

  • Mindset of pupils
  • Resilience and stamina towards learning
  • Ability to recall and apply skills

 

Educational Support planned for the Pupil Premium Grant in 2016-2017 and why these approaches are being taken

Support and interventions that were used last year and shown to be beneficial will be continued and in some cases extended to support those in receipt of Pupil Premium.

  • Children identified as requiring intervention received 1 to 1 tuition to boost progress, attainment and confidence from a qualified teacher either before, after or during school sessions to ensure all those identified could participate at a time suitable for them.
  • An additional Teacher will continue to be employed each morning to support children in small groups and reduce class sizes for mathematics lessons in identified year groups.
  • Specific financial support will be made available to allow children to access before and after school clubs. The cost of residential and day trips will also covered to ensure no child is unable to attend.
  • Funding has continued to enable the school to ensure that every class is supported by at least one part-time learning support assistant to provide support during lessons to vulnerable learners in acquiring literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Learning Support Assistants who have received training in specific intervention strategies are to continue supporting pupils in a range of academic, communication and social/emotional needs during afternoon sessions. In addition, Gym Trail will continue to take place three times twice per week to support the physical and social development of vulnerable pupils and a lunchtime club will continue to meet the social and emotional needs of specific pupils.

 

Reviews

The provision for Pupil Premium expenditure is continually assessed and adjusted as the year progresses by the senior leadership team. The progress and attainment of children in receipt of Pupil Premium is monitored termly, as part of whole-school Pupil Progress meetings, so interventions can be adjusted as necessary.

The school Governors meet annually to review Pupil Premium strategy. The date of the next Governing Body review of Pupil Premium strategy is Summer 2017.

 

 

End of KS2 Attainment for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding July 2016

End of KS2 Attainment for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding July 2016 1
End of KS2 Attainment for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding July 2016 2

Progress – Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding – July 2016

Progress – Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding – July 2016 1

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