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Pupil Premium Overview

Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding. The Government provides this specific funding to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. 

These include:

- Children entitled to Free School Meals (FSM)

- Ever 6 children (those who have been entitled to Free School Meals at some point in their primary schooling)

- Children ''Looked After'' by the Local Authority

- The children of Armed Service Personnel

"It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility" (DfE website)

Schools are receiving the following funding:

£1,320 per pupil of primary-school age, £935 per pupil of secondary-school age, £1,900 per pupil for looked-after children who have been looked after for 1 day or more are adopted leave care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order

Grundisburgh Primary School Pupil Premium Information

The amount of pupil premium allocation for the current financial (2017-18) year is - £31,560 (this is based on 27 Grundisburgh children eligible for funding)

The summary of the main barriers faced by eligible children and how allocation is to be spent to address those barriers (Summary of main barriers and Action Plan for 2017-18 - coming in September 2017)

How the impact will be measured: Mr Lynch, the Senior Management Team and Governors monitor closely the performance of all children in the school and in particular the performance of those that the pupil premium sets out to support. Teachers regularly meet with Mr Lynch to discuss the impact of the Pupil Premium. Pupil Premium children’s progress is monitored at half termly Pupil Progress Meetings where attainment and progress is monitored. This is measured against the national picture for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children. We also compare the Pupil Premium group with those that are no eligible to help identify any further trends or barriers. We also measure impact in a variety of other ways; through attendance, the uptake of extra-curricular activities, the low incidence of behavioural issues and by the outcomes of formal tests such as SATs. We measure impact regularly throughout the year but formally on a yearly basis to look at Actions needed for the next academic year. Here is the Impact Review for 2016-17.

The 2016-17 Attendance figures for Pupil Premium children ranged from 81.55% - 96.9% individually. Overall Pupil Premium attendance is 90.99. We are working with the EWO to address individuals who have a significant attendance issue.

Date of next review - September 2018

In 2016-17 our Pupil Premium Allocation was £37,600

Pupil Premium Barriers

The first and most important measure for maximising pupil achievement is high quality teaching. We support our teachers in many ways, for example with additional non-contact time, and challenge them to be ambitious for children’s learning, e.g. through Performance Management Objectives.

Many of our families deal with challenging circumstances with resilience and positivity. Where problems are encountered however, the main barriers to achievement usually relate to one or more of the following:-

  • parental engagement and support
  • attendance
  • access to wider opportunities
  • emotional issues

Emotional Issues and Attendance
Our teachers and support staff focus on the social and emotional successes and needs of all of the children in their care at all times. We hold a confidential Pastoral Care File, which is reviewed on a regular basis, but also open to change at any time.

We employ a Pastoral znd Family Support Worker, who is able to respond to the needs of children facing emotionally challenging circumstances. We have also paid for individual Play Therapy sessions whilst also training members of staff in 'Drawing and Talking.'

Where needed we provide nurture sessions to support pupils who may benefit from a boost to their social, emotional or behavioural needs. Pupils are given whatever help is needed to overcome their individual barriers to learning.

Access to Wider Opportunities & Parental Engagement
We assess on an individual basis where we can help children access clubs on offer or school trips including the residential Year 6 trip. We have just started a Breakfast Club in September 2017 as a new way in which we can diminish the barriers that some Pupil Premium children face; providing exercise and breakfast to start the day.

We are able to offer free places for Kit Crew Camps to vulnerable children for holiday club places during each school holiday.

Support
In addition to the support gained by the above strategies, sometimes we recognise the need to allocate additional targeted resources. A year group with a high level of needs has additional TA support to assist with emotional issues and academic progress. The placement of extra TA support is reviewed throughout the academic year and is changed on a needs basis.