What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.
For the academic year September 2017 to July 2018 Gayton received £88,440 of Pupil Premium funding. For the academic year September 2018 to July 2019, Gayton will receive £80,520. 16.7% of children in school are eligible for the grant this year.
Barriers to Educational Achievement
The staff consider the following aspects to be the most significant barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at Gayton Junior School:
- Low self-esteem and aspirations
- Limited language acquisition
- Low attainment in reading
- Lack of access to online resources
- Limited extra-curricular experiences and out of school learning opportunities/life experiences
- Homework often incomplete or a poor standard
Review of 2017-18 Spending
End of KS2 data for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding ensured pupils achieved higher than national averages again in 2017-18 by:
- Providing packs for pupils to boost reading and self-esteem
- Providng staff training on further developing reading skills
- Funding of hours for an HLTA to support pupils in Literacy and Maths in Year 6
- Funding for smaller reading groups in Year 6
- Funding of additional Teaching Assistant hours to boost low attaining pupils
- Funding an additional teacher to release the Deputy and Assistant Headteachers to drive raising attainment
- Funding of Mathletics and Homework Clubs to support children whose parents struggle to support them at home
- Behaviour support from an additional Learning Mentor, enabling children to be ready to learn
- Funding aspects of passport experiences to widen pupils’ out of school learning opportunities
Impact of 2017-18 Spending
- Pupils made better progress than their peers in Reading and Writing.
- Across the Year 6 cohort, more children achieved expected levels or better in Reading than in the two previous years.
- More children attended after-school provision than in 2016-17, although the take up was not as great as we had hoped.
- The Learning Mentor worked to support three pupils with their emotional well-being during the year – these children all made accelerated progress during the year.
- Year 5 pupils who took part in the Prince William Award made accelerated progress in Reading and Writing during the year.
- Over 60 children attended Mathletics and Homework Clubs this year and believed that this had a positive impact on their learning.
- More Year 4 children achieved expected levels or better in music than in the previous year.
How Do We Aim to Address These Barriers in 2018-19?
Click here to view our Pupil Premium Plan for 2018-19.
All children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding will be given a Pupil Premium Pack containing:
- School uniform and PE kit to improve self-esteem
- Kindles, Book Fair Vouchers and a subscription to First News to boost reading attainment
- Stationary and Revision Guides to support children doing their homework
- All trips paid for to boost extra-curricular and life experiences
Additonal spending will include:
- Funding of additional hours for children to work with the Digital Media Technician to develop langauage acquistion and writing for purpose
- Teaching Assistant hours to run Mathletics and Homework Clubs to provide access to online resources and support with homework tasks
- CPD funding to continue to support staff to deliver Quality First Teaching
- Funding for staff development around Talk for Learning to improve vocabulary and language acquisition
- Provide additional support to children who join the school during the academic year
- HLTAs working alongside Year 6 Class Teachers in the Spring Term until SATs to offer further support and allow the class teacher to work 1:1 with target children
How We Will Monitor Impact
- End of term teacher assessments to measure the gap in attainment between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children
- Discussions with staff in Pupil Progress Meetings
- Questionnaires for staff, pupils and parents
- Assessments before and after booster programmes
- Monitoring of attendance data
- Boxall Profiles for children with specific learning needs
Staff and the Pupil Premium Governor will review the spending of the Pupil Premium grant at the end of each academic year, with termly monitoring and adjustment/reallocation of spending by the Senior Leadership Team in response to termly assessments and Pupil Progress Meetings.
2017-18 Year 6 Assessment Data for Disadvantaged Children
|Percentage of pupils working at Expected Levels +||Disadvantaged||77%||90%||73%||91%||68%|
|National Average – all pupils||75%||78%||76%||78%||64%|
|Average Scaled Score||Disadvantaged||106.5||106||109.8|
|National Average Scaled Score – all pupils||104||105||106|
2016-17 Year 6 Assessment Data for Disadvantaged Children
|Percentage of pupils working at Expected Levels +||Disadvantaged||76%||90%||90%||86%||76%|
|National Average – all pupils||71%||76%||75%||77%||61%|
|Average Scaled Score||Disadvantaged||104.8||104.3||102.2|
|National Average Scaled Score – all pupils||104||104||106|
2015-16 Year 6 Assessment Data for Disadvantaged Children
|Percentage of pupils working at Expected Levels +||Disadvantaged||52%||88%||80%||64%||44%|
|National Average – all pupils||66%||75%||70%||72%||61%|
|Average Scaled Score||Disadvantaged||101||101.9||102.4|
|National Average Scaled Score – all pupils||103||103||104|