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 2019 to July 2020, Gayton will receive £88,440. 24% of children in school are eligible for the grant in the coming academic year (£114,325).
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 2018-19 Spending
End of KS2 data for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding ensured pupils were able to close the gap with their peers by:
- Providing packs for pupils to boost reading and self-esteem
- Providing staff training on further developing reading skills
- Funding of hours for three HLTAa to support pupils 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 Headteacher to drive raising attainment
- Funding of a temporary Teaching & Learning Responsibility (TLR) post to lead a drive on Talk4Learning to promote speaking and listening in the classroom to boost attainment in this aspect
- Funding of Mathletics and Homework Clubs to support children whose parents struggle to support them at home
- Behaviour support from our Learning Mentor, enabling children to be ready to learn
- Continued funding aspects of our passport experiences to widen pupils’ out of school learning opportunities
Impact of 2019-20 Spending
- Throughout the school, disadvantaged pupils made better progress than their peers in Reading during the first term.
- Across the Year 6 cohort, more children were on target to achieve expected levels or better in Reading, Writing and Maths.
- The Learning Mentor supported several pupils with their emotional well-being during the year – these children all made accelerated progress during the first term.
- Over 60 children attended Mathletics and Homework Clubs this year and believed that this had a positive impact on their learning.
How Do We Aim to Address These Barriers in 2020-21?
Our full plan can be found here. 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
Additional spending will include:
- Funding of an online reading program to be used at home and at school, including provision to access the program at an after school club
- Funding for each class to have full-time Teaching Assistant support to boost the catch-up programme
- Identifying children who might benefit from catch-up tuition
- CPD funding to continue to support staff to deliver Quality First Teaching
- Support for children from our Safeguarding Team, if needed
- Provide additional support to children who join the school during the academic year
- Access to loan laptops if class bubbles are closed due to COVID
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, Chris Warren, 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.
2018-19 Year 6 Assessment Data for Disadvantaged Children
|Percentage of pupils working at Expected Levels +||Disadvantaged||82%||94%||88%||94%||82%|
|National Average – all pupils||73%||78%||79%||78%||65%|
|Average Scaled Score||Disadvantaged||105.7||104.3||108.8|
|National Average Scaled Score – all pupils||104||105||106|
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|