Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on roll who are eligible for free school meals, a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘looked after’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012 funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the past 6 years (FSM6).
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility and schools are held accountable for the impact of the funding.
At Nevill Road Juniors funding is targeted at narrowing the attainment gap between learners and developing social and emotional skills that can present barriers to learning.
|Pupil Premium Funding Financial year 2016-2017|
|£73160 (48 FSM6 children, 5 Looked After from Care, 1 Services child)|
Examples of the projects funded within school include:
- 1:1 teaching to boost progress and attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths.
- Additional staffing to provide small group teaching to boost attainment in reading, writing and maths, using programmes such as SERI (Stockport Early Reading Intervention), Starspell, Motor Skills United and Overcoming Barriers in Maths.
- Additional teaching assistant support in class to help targeted children.
- Purchase of additional sessions with the Educational Psychologist to aid early identification of children requiring support in certain areas.
- Employment of a Learning and Pastoral Care Manager to work with children requiring additional emotional support and to set up counselling and support sessions for parents.
- Funding of wider opportunities to boost self-esteem, such as music lessons, trips to the Tesco “Farm to Fork” project, participation in small group activities with a sports coach.
- Provision of additional “Circle Time” sessions by the Behaviour Support Service to boost self-esteem and peer and self awareness.
As the funding runs from the Financial year rather than the Academic year, it is not possible to give many examples of impact until the end of April 2017.
At present some examples of impact from last year’s funding include:
- Some children who left school in July 2015 at the end of Year 6 made more than 14 points progress in Reading (2 children), Writing (3 children) and Maths (5 children).
- Of the 6 children in Year 5 moving up to Year 6, 4 are on track to meet or exceed end of year expectations in all three areas.
- Children in Year 4 moving into Year 5 have shown greatly improved self-confidence.