Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for the school from the Government, based on the number of pupils eligible, or who have been eligible, for free school meals (FSM) within the last six years. The funding is designed to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Each school can make its own decisions about how to spend this funding, but schools are accountable for what the funding is spent on, and must show that they have achieved value for money through improving the progress of the targeted children.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 at £488 per child.  This rose to £600 per child in 2012-13; £953 in 2013-14; £1,300 in 2014-15; and £1,300 per child in 2015-16.  The funding level in 2016-17 is £1320 per child.

Home Farm Primary School Pupil Premium funding

Financial year

Amount of funding received by the school

2011-12

£4,500

2012-13

£10,218

2013-14

£12,850

2014-15

 £25,900

 2015-16

 £32,600

2016-17

£23,040

Our approach

On average, pupils at Home Farm who qualify for Pupil Premium do as well or better than their peers, although we have very small numbers of pupils qualifying for PPG, so our data is based on a very small cohort size.  Our approach to tackling the barriers to educational achievement is focused on curriculum mastery - we use 1:1 tuition and small group teaching to activate prior learning and recap learning.  This approach has the benefit of both reducing the numbers of pupils in the class, and providing Pupil Premium Grant pupils with unique opportunities to learn.

Analysis of funds spent

In 2011, the Pupil Premium was invested in a mixture of phonic resources for our Key Stage One children and Guided Reading materials for Key Stage Two. To support the impact of this, Mrs Smith ran parent workshops to encourage the use of reading skills at home. The quality of reading time and quality of materials in the school rose. As a result, assessment in reading has shown that reading ability increased.

The Pupil Premium for 2012/13 partly funded the creation of a new working space (the courtyard infill) where dedicated group accelerated learning sessions can take place, along with tutoring and guidance and help with homework. The 2013/14 academic year funding will build upon this new resource by funding Learning Support Assistants’ time for homework help, resources, guidance and tutoring within the new learning space. 

In 2014-15 and 2015-16, we focused on deepening training for Learning Support Assistants in giving feedback, quality first teaching and assessment.  We invested in extra staff to provide more hours-per-pupil of trained adult support to meet individual pupils’ needs at all levels.

In 2016-17, our approach uses mastery techniques and focuses on micro-teaching for PPG pupils requiring support or extension in class, with smaller group teaching to ensure targeted feedback and individualised learning.  We will supplement this with 1:1 or paired interventions for PPG pupils with specific needs across all year groups, but specially KS1 to develop early hand control, memory, phonic and arithmetic ability; and with targeted opportunities for KS1 and 2 pupils to have help with homework from an adult

 

2011-12

Activities selected

What this does

Targeted pupils

Cost

Outcome

Guided reading books

A large number of reading books were funded for group, pair and guided reading for all classes; the focus was to extend girls’ reading materials, and enhance boys' reading interest through a wide range of texts.

All years for provision increase.

Guided reading Focus: Year 3,4,5,

£5080 - £1900 from HFSA fund.

Pupil perception surveys indicated an increase in interest from pupils re: guided reading.

Boys’ reading results improved from previous year including progress.

Phonic Scheme

(KRM with Letters and Sounds Activities / Assessment)

A scheme for teaching phonics was introduced and purchased that would be able to be supported by intervention programmes for the less able but also support / develop the more able readers.

Year R,1,2,3 (and those that need it beyond these years)

£2150

Pupils with FSM all made progress in line with their peers, including (where relevant) passing the phonic check at year 1 and the retest in later years in year 2.

 

2012-13

Activities selected

What this does

Targeted pupils

Cost

Outcome

Catch up Reading / Toe by Toe / Lifeboat

This is a time –bonded targeted reading, memory and phonic interventions which close the gap for those children who are below age related expected levels in their reading.

Year 3, 4, 5

£2300

As a focus group, these pupils developed confidence in their reading and spelling strategies; progress in writing and reading was in line with peer group at 2/3 of a level per year.

Learning Space / Library

Provision of a group space and library to enhance reading for pleasure for children who do not have home support and thus have made less progress. Learning space for group or individual intervention programmes will enliven and enhance the provision.

All year groups depending on need.

£9850

The success of the library can be measured by the opportunities the space provides for pupils to access intervention programmes, support groups and other events / clubs that otherwise would have no place to be situated. That all pupils now have access to a school library and study has impacted greatly; all pupils are motivated and excited.

 

2013-14

Activities selected

What this does

Targeted pupils

Cost

Outcome

First Class @ Number

This is a scheme designed to narrow the gap in maths between level 1 - 2 and 2-3.

Years 1, 2, 3

£1000

All pupils taking part in the intervention programme in the trial group made progress; for two pupils with FSM, they had previously not made progress in maths but had done so after half a term of this intervention. Both pupils felt they enjoyed the sessions and they had more ‘chance to talk to an adult’ about their maths.

Homework Club

Within the new library / study space, a team of LSAs now run a KS1 and KS2 homework club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for all children free of charge but with a target of pupils who have no access to internet for Mathletics or research development.

All year groups

£600 (2x LSAs 2x per week)

Currently on-going but more pupils are engaging with homework club and accessing the adult support provided by LSAs.

Group tuition

FSM pupils have been given the funding to have group tuition with others of their need (funding from pupil premium added to the 1:1 tuition funding) to impact reading, writing and maths for each pupil.

All FSM pupils as a lead child in group tuition.

£10,500

All children moved at least 1/3 of a level as a result of group tuition.

 

2014-15

Activities selected

What this does

Targeted pupils

Cost

Outcome

Homework Club

Within the library / study space, a team of LSAs run a KS1 and KS2 homework club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for all children free of charge but with a target of pupils who have no access to internet for Mathletics or research development.

All year groups

£600 (2x LSAs 2x per week)

Currently on-going but more pupils are engaging with homework club and accessing the adult support provided by LSAs.

Targeted interventions

A programme of targeted interventions has been put in place for individual pupils, including 1:1 support and focused learning interventions in reading, writing and maths.

Targeted pupils across all year groups

£12,000

Impact of targeted interventions is monitored through a programme of standards reviews.  If progress is not made, a different intervention is put in place.

Group tuition

FSM pupils have been given the funding to have group tuition with others of their need (funding from pupil premium added to the 1:1 tuition funding) to impact reading, writing and maths for each pupil.

All FSM pupils as a lead child in group tuition.

£11,500

All children have made progress as a result of group tuition

 

2015-16

Activities selected

What this does

Targeted pupils

Cost

Outcome

Homework Club

Targeted support with homework through a KS1 and KS2 homework club running on Mondays – Wednesdays.  The club is open to all children free of charge, but this is a time for PPG pupils to have targeted feedback about learning outcomes. 

All year groups

£600 (2x LSAs 2x per week)

More  pupils are engaging with homework club and accessing the adult support provided by LSAs. LSAs have had the opportunity to develop 1:1 feedback with PPG pupils and help build on next steps, whilst helping develop independent skills in homework.

Targeted interventions

Individuals attracting pupil premium grant funding to have targeted development programmes, run by trained LSAs and qualified teachers; this happens in groups, in pairs and individually where necessary.

Targeted pupils across all year groups

£19,000

Impact of targeted interventions is monitored through a programme of standards reviews.  If progress is not made, a different intervention is put in place.   Each intervention has a targeted outcome: phonic, mathematical, independent learning, feedback based on meta-cognition.  Pupils have made progress – see details below.

Group tuition

FSM pupils have been given the funding to have group tuition with others of their need (funding from pupil premium added to the 1:1 tuition funding) to impact reading, writing and maths for each pupil.

All FSM pupils as a lead child in group tuition.

£11,500

All children have made progress as a result of group tuition.  All pupils in all year groups have made equal or greater progress than their peers in school; often from a lower start point – showing accelerated learning.  In reading and maths, the attainment of PPG pupils is equal to that of their peers.  In writing, this gap is closing,

Additional training for Learning Support Assistants

Training to deepen skills in providing feedback, quality first teaching and assessment.

FSM pupils across all year groups will benefit.

£2,000

LSAs have attended the Outstanding Teaching Assistant programme, and also an effective feedback course to develop marking and feedback skills.  Next steps marking and verbal feedback has greatly improved.

 

2016-17

Activities selected and what this does

Targeted pupils

Cost

Outcomes  Intended

A targeted opportunity for KS1 and 2 pupils to have help with homework from an adult. This is also a time for targeted PPG pupils to have 1:1 feedback with an adult about learning outcomes to develop mastery.

PPG pupils targeted in KS1 and 2. Other pupils requiring support to access adult to widen the impact of funding and peer support in feedback.

£600

Pupils get quality feedback to inform their next steps. Pupils also have the opportunity to have an adult help them with their homework, which may not be an option at home.

Microteaching: for PPG pupils requiring support or extension in class; extra teacher will teach skills/subject matter deeper to a smaller group to ensure targeted feedback and individualised teaching. 1:1 and small group tuition: bespoke short tuition sessions to accelerate ability in 1 skills or Learning Objective.  

PPG pupils and those with similar need

£12,000

All PPG pupils will progress in line with or quicker than their peers. No attainment gap should arise and where there is an existing gap, accelerated progress closes this gap.

1:1 or paired interventions for PPG pupils with specific need across all year groups but specifically KS1 to develop early hand control, memory, phonic and arithmetic ability.

PPG pupils with key development plans in memory, phonic, maths and writing skills.

£10,500

Individual PPG pupils receive 1:1 programmes to enhance and develop skills to aid them in closing the learning gap.

 

How do we review our impact?

Pupil Premium Grant reviews happen every half-term when teachers meet with senior leaders to review pupil progress and accelerated learning.  Pupil outcomes are discussed and challenged, and in this way we embed an approach based on continuous improvement.

Outcomes of Pupil Premium Grant expenditure

Progress made by pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium Grant

On average, pupils qualifying for Pupil Premium do as well as their peers or better in terms of progress in reading and writing. However we have small numbers of pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium Grant so our progress data is based on very small cohort sizes.  The following data shows the progress made by pupils through the assessment bands towards mastery at the end of the 2014-15 school year.  For Years 1 – 5, each ‘point’ refers to a step at which the pupil is assessed.  Expected progress would be one step each half-term.  For Year R, the data refers to steps towards each of the Early Learning Goals within the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Progress made in school in the 2014-15 school year - July 2015

Year group

Reading

Writing

Maths

All pupils

FSM pupils

All pupils

FSM pupils

All pupils

FSM pupils

Year R*

5 steps – 97%

6 steps – 77%

5 steps – 75%

6 steps – 75%

5 steps – 93%

6 steps – 60%

5 steps – 75%

6 steps – 25%

5 steps – 93%

6 steps – 53%

5 steps – 100%

6 steps – 50%

Year 1

6.5

5.8

6.1

6

5.1

4.3

Year 2

5.3

6

5

5.2

5.1

5.2

Year 3

5.1

6

5.6

6

5.7

5.6

Year 4

5.3

5.7

5.1

5.3

5.1

5.3

Year 5

5.2

4.7

5.3

5.3

5.3

6.3

 

The progress made by FSM pupils at the end of KS2 is assessed through SATs tests.  This data relates to the progress made from the KS1 SATs tests to the KS2 SATs tests. Again, this data is based on very small cohort sizes.

 

 

Progress made 

% of pupils

2012

2013

2014

2015

Expected progress

More than expected progress

Expected progress

More than expected progress

Expected progress

More than expected progress

Expected progress

More than expected progress

Reading

-

-

100

33

100

0

100

67

Writing

-

-

100

33

100

100

100

67

Maths

100

20

100

100

100

0

100

67

In 2012, SATs tests measured English rather than reading and writing. In the  2015-16 school year, Pupil Premium pupils progress rapidly in line with their peers or better, and attain in line with their peers.

Progress scores 2016

In 2016, Pupil Premium progress scores were as follows:

Reading Writing Maths
Home Farm PPG pupils 6.8 4.1 3.2
National average 0 0 0