Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged)
WHAT IS THE PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium Funding is available to:
- local-authority-maintained schools, including:
- special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- pupil referral units (PRUs - for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
- academies and free schools, including
- special academies (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- alternative provision (AP) academies (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
- voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement
- non-maintained special schools (NMSS - schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)
Pupil Premium Funding is based on the number of children eligible for FSM from 1st April to 31st March, as well as those who have been entitled to FSM within the last 6 years. The money is also allocated according to the number of LAC in the continuous care of the local authority for 6 months.
GUIDANCE ON WHAT THE FUNDING COULD BE USED FOR
We recognise that because the funding is not ring fenced, schools have the freedom to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils, to improve their attainment. Our main priority will be that the strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support our target to ‘narrow the gap’ for children particularly at the end of KS1 and KS2.
ST. AUGUSTINE’S SCHOOL’S PRINCIPLES
- In St. Augustine’s the Governors and staff are committed to meeting the pastoral, social and academic needs of all children within our Catholic environment. This is an integral part of the spiritual development of the whole school community.
- As part of our Catholic Mission, we accept responsibility for those children who are ‘socially disadvantaged’ so that they have fair access to education, the curriculum, additional teaching and learning opportunities.
- Pupil Premium funding is based on those children eligible for FSM and LAC but the Governors reserve the right to use the funding to support any child of groups of children the school has legitimately identified as vulnerable or socially disadvantaged.
- We recognise that not all children who are eligible for FSM will be socially disadvantaged and not all children who are eligible for FSM are registered.
HOW WE WILL SPEND THE FUNDING
Our aims for this academic year are:
- Small Group Tuition for Mathematics and English (2 sessions/Week)
This year, children in Year 5 will receive group tuition twice a week. This aimed at vulnerable (Not SEN) pupils whose progress is not in line to meet their target
- Extra Teacher in Years 4, 5 and Year 6 (5 mornings a week)
This is to reduce the size of teaching groups in both Maths and English, hence there is a greater opportunity for premium-funded pupils can make/exceed progress in line with expectations.
- Continuing Professional Development – Teaching Staff and LSAs
Some of our Pupil Premium Funding has been allocated to train staff to ensure that all teaching and support (including intervention) given ensures that pupils, especially vulnerable make excellent progress.
- Targeted Interventions (run by highly trained LSAs and HLTA)
These take place throughout the week and include:
PIPS – to develop phonics, sight vocabulary and writing. (KS1)
COGMED – to improve memory skills. (KS1 & 2)
Touch Type – to encourage development of fine motor skills as well as improving touch typing skills and speed. Children apply this when using laptops in class to assist them when writing. (KS1 & 2)
Lexia – to develop phonics and general reading skills. (KS1)
Individualised Maths and Writing additional work (Year1 to 5)
- Specific Interventions
These are aimed at children who need to develop specific skills, including:
Speech & language
Fine motor/gross motor skills
- Additional LSA support in class
This is aimed at children who are not making expected progress; with a focus on developing reading, writing and mathematics.
This is mathematics support for children with number difficulties.
- Lunchtime Reading Club
This club was setup to support pupils whose reading is below their age related expectation. It takes place 4 times a week.
- Parent Support Advisor
Our PSA provides high quality support for families (including vulnerable) experiencing difficulties, which may be barriers to learning e.g. medical support, access to ICT, help to fill in forms
- Year 2 and Year 6 Booster Classes
Booster lessons take place, before school and during school time to improve progress and narrow the gap between PP children and other children in English and Mathematics.
- Music Tuition
We use our PPG to contribute towards tuition fees, so that children who want to play a musical instrument can develop their musical skills without money being a barrier.
- Counselling Service
The PPG provides increased opportunities for children with emotional difficulties to speak to trained counsellors from BCCS or Rainbow Bereavement Counselling.
- Residential Trip
We use our PPG to contribute towards the cost of the residential journey made in Year 6. This helps to develop independence and prepares the children for secondary school.
- Extra-Curricular Activities
We ensure that PP children can access lunchtime or afterschool activities including Computer Coding, Spanish, Football, Multi-sports and Dance.
- Books for Breakfast
Children and their parents are invited to have breakfast in school on a Friday morning. During this time, they read to their child.
- Music Ensemble
This year, this school introduced whole class music ensemble for KS2 pupils (Year 3: Recorder, Year 4: African Drumming, Year 5: Ukulele and Year 6: Cornet).
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW OF pupil premium FUNDING
The school’s PUPIL PREMIUM INFORMATION 2019 - 2020 document highlights how the school deployed the funding in 2018/19 and its impact on pupils’ attainment and progress, and also plan for 2018/2019 funding.