Meeting the needs of all our families including those in receipt of a ‘pupil premium’.
Each year the school receives additional money called a ‘pupil premium’ which is allocated to us on the basis of the number of children who are entitled to ‘free school meals’ (FSM) .
The money enables us to continue our work supporting these children and their families in order that they make the best possible progress in school. Our ethos at Millfields First School is one where we aim to educate the ‘whole child’. This means that our children are safe, happy and ready to learn when they come to school. There are times when some children and families need additional support and access to wider services to enable this to happen.
All staff members forge positive relationships with families. This enables us to identify the needs of each individual child so that the appropriate support can be put into place as and when it is required or requested.
This year (2017-18) the pupil premium funding contributed towards the employment of an additional part time teacher and teaching assistants, which has kept the ratio of adults to children high. This ensures that we are best able to provide targeted support for children with additional needs.
Pupil Premium funding also helps to fund our ‘Fun club’. Fun club is additional after school provision to support Disadvantaged children with their social and emotional needs. Fun club also has a focus on reading skills, and supports the children in accessing the curriculum at the correct level. In addition to this, funding will also be put towards extracurricular activities such as sports activities, lunchtime and after school clubs to enhance the curriculum for Pupil Premium children. There will also be help available to support parents with the cost of school visits and residential trips linked to the curriculum. Any additional resources and equipment needed for Pupil Premium children may be funded by this money. Parents who need the assistance of the Pupil Premium are supported discreetly and no child or family is identified. The Head teacher will gladly discuss different families’ needs sensitively and in private. We will review the impact of the measures listed to ensure they represent both value for money and have had a direct impact on children’s learning.
Evaluating the impact of provision for Pupil Premium children
Results last year in Year 2 (2017-2018) show that due to their accelerated progress, the academic gap in Reading, Writing and Maths between those children entitled to Free School Meals and those who are not, has reduced. There is a similar trend of accelerated progress in other year groups.
This very good progress is due to quality first teaching and targeted interventions that have been put in place using Pupil Premium funding. Interventions are monitored very closely and are very flexible to ensure that all children are making progress, the impact of this has been seen in the end of year results. Another impact of Pupil Premium funding has been that we have been able to ensure that all children have been able to take part in school trips related to the curriculum. This has also taken some financial pressure off parents, guaranteeing no child is left out from the range of experiences school has to offer.
Now embedded in the school timetable, ‘Pre-Teaching’ (2017-2018) has resulted in increased social skills and confidence, raised self-esteem, improved basic skills (see English and Maths outcomes) to access the curriculum at the appropriate level and promoted enjoyment of school. This programme is delivered before school starts and includes breakfast.
In 2018-2019, for the children who attract a pupil premium, we will continue to prioritise the provision of targeted support for basic skills teaching e.g. raising attainment in reading, writing and maths across the school.
Continuing additional provision for children who attract Pupil Premium this year (2018-2019) in addition to the above will include:
- Out of school provision to develop social interaction, social skills, engagement, support reading including through the use of additional library books and dedicated library time
- The Pre-teaching programme is an innovative model that allows disadvantaged and other children (as appropriate) to practice the essential skills they require to access curriculum at the appropriate level. This before school club delivered in a nurturing environment by experienced staff gives children that little extra that makes all the difference.
- An audit of the above will be conducted before and after these programmes to assess impact.
Pupil Premium (2018-2019)
Allocation of funds for Pupil Premium 2018/2019 – £63,320
Number on role 290 pupils. There are 53 pupils entitled to the funding of £1320 per pupil
This year the funds will be spent ensuring that the attainment between Pupil Premium and national expectation continues to close.
We will do this by –
- Targeted intervention groups for Pupil Premium children to support the teaching of basic skills to access the curriculum at the appropriate level.
- As part of a well-planned programme of targeted support for academic and personal development, Pupil Premium children will have the support of additional adults in class, including a part time teacher and teaching assistants, a number of tailored programmes such as Pre-teaching and Fun Club (see above).
Further support will be given to enable Pupil Premium children to have access to normal school life and enhanced provision e.g. basic equipment and clothing where necessary.
Click on the document below for a more detailed breakdown of expenditure and provision of Pupil Premium funding.