What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and help close any gaps in attainment between them and their peers. It is allocated to schools to enable them to support children who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been at any time in the last six years or pupils who have left local authority care following adoption, Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements Order. These types of PPG are currently £1,320 per child and £2,300 per child respectively. Schools also receive PPG for children in local authority care at a rate of £1,800 per child in Lancashire.
Pupil Premium Grant 2019-2020
This year, our school's allocation of Pupil Premium Grant is £11,540 in total.
Main Barriers to Learning faced by eligible pupils
All children are different and respond in their own way to the challenges they face in their daily lives. Part of our job as educators is to carefully track each child's progress and ensure that they are reaching the right standard of learning for their age in all subjects, particularly reading, writing and maths and making a good level of progress based on their previous attainment.
If this is not happening, we try to identify a reason why and put measures in place to help that child overcome the barrier that is preventing them from achieving and making progress. There can be many reasons for this, and at Catforth we find that the main barriers include;
lack of confidence; pupils can often lack confidence and self-belief and this can lead to them feeling afraid to 'have a go', especially with their work, in case they make a mistake. At Catforth, we recognise that success outside the classroom can help to build confidence and self-esteem inside the classroom. We try to offer a range of extra-curricular activities to appeal to all pupils, both at lunchtimes and after school to give those pupils a chance to shine in something they are good at. Pupils are given the opportunity to represent school in events such as sports competitions and community events.
becoming disengaged; pupils may not attend extra-curricular activities or events or struggle to take part in educational visits. This can lead to friendship issues and social isolation. PPG is used to ensure that no child misses out on extra-curricular activities due to restrictions on family finances.
attitude to learning; pupils may struggle to learn independently because of a lack of confidence, poor self-esteem or because they have difficulty concentrating or are easily distracted for whatever reason. Small group work or 1:1 support from an adult in class can help a child to access the quality first teaching on offer every day in their classroom. In addition, 1:1 or small group sessions with a Learning Mentor can enable us to address an individual child's issues and overcome this particular barrier.
How we are spending our Pupil Premium Funding
At Catforth Primary School the Pupil Premium Grant this year is used to support the following services:
- Higher level of adult support in class to ensure that children can be supported in smaller groups for 'guided' work where the curriculum demands it.
- Additional adult support to deliver personalised intervention programmes to address gaps in learning and ensure children's attainment and progress is in line with their peers.
- Learning Mentor support for children and families to address social and emotional issues affecting attainment and progress.
- Providing milk for pupils on free school meals.
- Ensure that pupils for whom we receive PPG are able to go on school trips, including the residential and take part in after school clubs if there is a small charge.
- Providing additional resources for interventions, including those for children falling behind and More Able pupils.
- This year we have introduced a mentoring programme for any children in KS2 whose attainment below that expected for their age, or who may be struggling to keep up. Some of our Pupil Premium children are part of this programme.
Measuring the Impact of Pupil Premium Funding
We normally carry out assessments of children's attainment at the end of every term. We check to see if a child's attainment is in line with that of their peers and we make an assessment of how much progress they have made at the end of each term and the end of each academic year. If children are behind where they should be, assessments are carried out more frequently and we track progress to see that they are catching up, even if they are still behind. i.e. that they have made more than three terms of progress over the year and that the gap is closing.
As well as measuring attainment and progress, we also pay attention to a child's well-being, confidence, attitude to learning and happiness in school to check that these are positive and improving over time if necessary.
Our strategies for using the Pupil Premium Grant will be reviewed at the end of the current academic year by the teaching staff and governing body, in particular the Standards and Effectiveness Committee, to ensure that they are having a positive impact on outcomes for children.
Pupil Premium Grant 2018-2019
In 2018-2019, our school's allocation of Pupil Premium Grant was £8,880 in total.
This was spent on providing;
- Maintaining a high level of adult support in all our classes.
- Additional adult support to deliver personalised intervention programmes.
- Learning Mentor support for children and families.
- Milk for pupils on free school meals.
- Funding for trips and activity clubs for pupils on free school meals.
- Additional resources for intervention work.
Impact of PPG in 2018-19
- Data showed that attainment for some pupils was in line with that of their peers.
- Most pupils made expected progress over the year.
- Eligible pupils in Y6 reached the required standard in reading, writing and maths in Y6 SATs.
- Eligible pupils in Y2 reached the required standard in reading, writing and maths in Y2 SATs.
- Eligible pupils in Y1 achieved the required standard in the phonics screening check.
- Attendance of eligible pupils was good and some achieved 100% attendance over at term.
- Pupils enjoy school and attitudes to learning are improving.
- Self-esteem and confidence are improving for most pupils.