The Government allocates funding to schools to support raising attainment for specific groups of children. These groups include children eligible for Free School Meals now or at any point in the previous 6 years, children who have a parent in the armed forces or at any point in the last 4 years and children who are in care.
At Lilleshall Primary School staff and Governors work in partnership to carefully plan how we allocate this funding according to the needs of our children. We are proud of the progress that all our children make.
The plans below show how we are spending the funding to ensure that all our pupils make progress and gaps in attainment close.
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation (£36,120)
School continued to employ an Early Intervention Worker to support our pupils ensuring they remained confident and happy. The Educational Welfare Officer continued to track attendance. The attendance of our PPG pupils was higher than our non-PPG pupils in 2016-2017 illustrating how effective this has been. Funding was used to support TA hours for pupils and ensure that they were able to access support materials and interventions appropriately. A teaching assistant was directly employed to work four mornings a week with two year six pupils to provide targeted support and ensure that they remained confident when facing the challenge of the year six curriculum. Educational visits, after school clubs and school dinners were funded for pupils. Music lessons were also made available to pupils to promote their interests and extend their opportunities. Opportunities for additional learning were made available before and after school to target areas of need and to accelerate learning. These include Cool Kids, SNIP, Phonics and Mathematics Clubs. Professional development for teachers and teaching assistants was funded to ensure that staff were able to provide the best possible provision. A strategy was published at the end of the Autumn Term 2016. See Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016-2017 below.
Pupil Premium Grant Allocation (£34,160)
The pupil premium allocation is used to support the work of the Educational Welfare Officer ensuring that pupils access school appropriately, aiming for 100% attendance. The funding also supports the work of the Early Intervention Worker who supports our pupil premium pupils ‘when required’ to ensure that they are confident and access all that school has to offer. Funding is offered for school visits and music lessons ensuring pupils are able to access these opportunities. Additional booster sessions are provided for some pupils and increased teaching assistant support is available to accelerate pupils learning. Learning opportunities before or after the school days are provided to develop pupil’s confidence, understanding and subject knowledge, these include Cool Kids, SNIP, Phonics and Mathematics Clubs. Professional development for teachers and teaching assistants is funded to ensure that staff are able to provide the best possible provision. The impact of this support was that 87% of PPG pupils made sustained or greater progress over the academic year. 83% (5/6) passed the phonic test in year1 and 100% passed the phonic test in year 2, illustrating the positive impact of phonic clubs and additional teaching assistant support. The school met its attendance target for the year illustrating excellent attendance by all groups of pupils. Our disadvantaged KS2 pupils attained above national in maths, reading and writing. Our school was ranked between 4th and 12th in the top performing schools for disadvantaged pupils’ progress. Our disadvantaged children with low prior attainment achieved highly across all key subjects. In KS1 our disadvantaged pupils were above national in reading for both age related and greater depth. In writing our number of pupils at age related was above national and in maths our disadvantaged pupils were above for both age related and depth and breadth.
Allocation of Funds (£34,800) and Impact Statement
The Pupil Premium Grant was reviewed and the PD Day in July 2014 was used to enable staff and governors to have a day to focus on the needs of these pupils and considered how we could support our pupils more effectively. Staff considered research outcomes and wrote action plans to support our PPG pupils. This has led to some new initiatives and allocation of expenditure. Allocation of funding was used to support additional Teaching Assistant hours to enable pupils to access interventions such: Write from the Start, Cool Kids, Speed Reading, Additional Letters and Sounds, Mathematics Club and Homework Club. Additional fully qualified teacher hours to support one to one focus time or small group work. One to one tuition sessions were made available to some pupils. The school purchased ICT AAPs and programs to accelerate learning such as Word Shark and Number Shark. Funding was allocated to enable these children to access School Clubs, Educational Visits and music tuition. The purchase of the required equipment to support these activities has also been made available. The impact of this support was that the majority of pupils receiving Pupil Premium Grant made expected progress in reading, writing and mathematics, with 35% making greater than expected progress. These assessments were made against the raised expectations of the New National Curriculum 2014.
Allocation of Funds
The Pupil Premium Funding is allocated in a range of ways to support and accelerate the learning of our free school meals pupils and our service children. The work of the Educational Welfare Officer and the Early Intervention Worker are funded to support these children maintaining their excellent levels of attendance. Funding is also made available to ensure that these pupils can access out of school activities, music tuition and visits. Additional booster classes are funded to accelerate the learning of pupils and enable them to reach their full potential. Additionally a fully qualified teacher was working with pupils to target areas of learning they found more challenging. One to one tuition was provided for targeted pupils. Additional Teaching Assistant hours are provided to support and accelerate learning in reading, mathematics and writing. We continue to support transport arrangements for pupils to ensure continuity in their education. The impact of this additional support was that the majority of pupils made expected progress with 67% of pupils making greater than expected progress over the academic year. This illustrates the effective use of funding.