Pupil Premium Strategy

What is Pupil Premium?

What is Pupil Premium?

For every child who is registered for free school meals, has a parent who is a member of the armed forces, or is ‘Looked after’ or adopted, Bowsland Green receives an additional £300 – £1900 from the Government to support learning. This additional money is called ‘Pupil Premium Funding’ and is used in our school to directly help children make accelerated progress in Maths and English.

Principles:

The Staff and Governors of Bowsland are committed to ensuring provision is made which enables the accelerated progress in English and Maths of those pupil who benefit from the Pupil Premium.

Aims:

  • To ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
  • To ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • To address the main barriers to educational achievement for Pupil Premium Pupils.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.

BGPS Pupil Premium Policy

Free School Meals – how to apply

Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals online via the Citizen Portal, using the link below. Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals. If your child is eligible you will receive a confirmation message, and the school will be notified directly. If you are not eligible you will be presented with a message stating this.

Apply for free school meals

Pupil Premium allocation 2016-17: £51,513

The main barriers to educational achievement that Pupil Premium pupils in our school face are varied, but include the following possibilities:

  • Low income
  • Unsettled family arrangements
  • Emotional instability of family member(s)
  • Attachment issues
  • Parents may not have had a successful or enjoyable education
  • Safeguarding concerns
  • Low or inconsistent attendance and poor punctuality
  • Problems with self- belief and motivation to learn
  • Low emotional resilience
  • A difference in achievement between themselves and their peers.

Additionally, the following educational/ health issues have been identified amongst some of our Pupil Premium pupils, which could create additional barriers to learning and achievement:

  • Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),  Additional Cognitive or Learning Needs

In order to address these barriers and lift the lid to promote achievement, we will spend our Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:

  • Provide a ‘Pupil Premium Champion’ who will:
    • Track the progress for Pupil Premium pupils across the school.
    • Monitor the provision for Pupil Premium pupils across the school.
    • Deliver targeted enhancements to small groups focussing on specific gaps in Maths and English.
    • Monitor closely the impact of enhancements and progress of children who benefit from Pupil Premium funding.
    • Work closely with class teachers to provide best provision for children who benefit from Pupil Premium funding.
    • Support home learning by providing a weekly ‘Homework Club’ to support parents in using school strategies with their child in English and Maths.
    • Promote home learning with focussed homework relating to enhancements, as well as providing ‘Maths Rucksacks’ with engaging maths resources to take home and use.
    • Provide ‘Parent Surgeries’ to enable individual discussions about pupil learning and home support available, as well as information about ARE for each year group.
    • Maintain links with parents with termly letters containing enhancement details.
    • Plan and provide more able extension teaching and enrichment opportunities for pupils.
  • Provide ‘Progressive Sports’ enhancement to develop:
    • Positive attitude towards learning and ambition, plus a developing focus on behaviour for learning.
    • Social communication skills and confidence.
    • Fine and gross motor skills.
    • Provide enhancement groups to support team work, confidence and resilience.
    • Subsidise a variety of activities and care for children during the day.
    • Monitor closely the attendance and punctuality of Pupil Premium pupils and address issues where required.
Area Estimated Cost Anticipated Impact 
Pupil Premium Champion £25,000 Leadership of Pupil Premium ensuring high focus for quality teaching and learning

Pupil Progress difference continuing to diminish.

Class teacher support develops deeper understanding of approaches and cognition of learning

Enhancements to accelerate progress has positive impact on achievement data

Tracking of achievement ensures no pupil falls behind

Opportunities for family shared learning builds bridges with families and allowed learning dialogue to develop if engaging

Mentoring Intervention

Challenge Intervention

£7,500 Enhancement develops positive attitude towards learning and inner confidence has a positive impact on effort and attitude in class learning

Improved self-belief has led to breaking down barriers to learning

Reduction of barriers to learning

Broader, deeper opportunities provided for more able pupils

Social Skills  Intervention £3,250
Additional activities and wraparound care for pupils during the day Breakfast club admission £1.25 (39 x £1.25 = 48.75 per day x 5= £243.75 per week x 39)

£9506.25

Optional support for families has led to a positive start to the school day

Additional activities to develop positive attitudes to learning, enrichment and challenge opportunities for the more able.

Specialist home:

school link resources and enrichment opportunities

£1000 Family Support engages home learning opportunities

Pupils are becoming independent learners

2 specialist TAs in Year 3 and Year 5 £10,000 Additional small group support for Pupil Premium

Nurturing of Pupil Premium group

Total Income £55,256

 

Additional expenditure for equal opportunities will be allocated to individuals during the year for educational trips and visits

Impact will be measured by:

  • Progress and attainment data for academic year 2016-17
  • Teacher /TA observations in enhancements
  • Case studies
  • Attendance data
  • Engagement of parents in school events (parents evening and school information events , home learning opportunities)

Review date: July 2017

How the money was Spent and Impact

DOWNLOAD: How was the Pupil Premium money spent during the 2016 17 and Impact

Parents and carers can now apply for free school meals online via the Citizen Portal.  Your eligibility will be checked online, and the portal will let you know whether your child is eligible for free school meals. If your child is eligible you will receive a confirmation message, and the school will be notified directly. If you are not eligible you will be presented with a message stating this.

Pupil Premium allocation 2015-16: £50,580

The Pupil Premium allocation for 2015-16 will be targeted to:

  • Provide a ‘Pupil Premium Champion’ who will:
    • Deliver targeted interventions to small groups focussing on specific gaps in Mathematics and English
    • Monitor closely the impact of interventions and progress of children who benefit from pupil premium funding
    • Work closely with the leadership team and class teachers to provide best provision for children who benefit from Pupil Premium funding
    • Support home learning by providing a weekly ‘Homework Club’ to support parents in using school strategies with their child in English and Mathematics
    • Promote home learning with focussed homework relating to interventions, as well as providing ‘Learning Rucksacks’ with engaging resources to take home and share
    • Provide a weekly games club after school to support English and Mathematics skills
    • Plan and provide more able extension teaching and enrichment opportunities for selected pupils
  • Provide Mentoring Intervention to develop:
    • Positive attitude towards learning and ambition, plus a developing focus on behaviour for learning
    • Social communication skills and confidence
    • Fine and gross motor skills
    • The championing of reading
  • Provide intervention to support team work, confidence and resilience
  • Subsidise a variety of activities and wraparound care for pupils during the day

How was the Pupil Premium money spent during the 2015/16 academic year?

  • Providing a Pupil Premium Champion who:
    1. delivered and monitored targeted enhancements
    2. worked with teachers and leadership team to provide best provision
    3. promoted and supported home learning with focussed homework and home learning clubs
    4. planned and provided more able extension teaching and enrichment opportunities for selected pupils
  • Providing Mentoring Intervention which:
    1. developed positive attitudes towards learning and ambition
    2. developed social communication skills and confidence
    3. developed fine and gross motor skills
    4. championed reading
  • Providing intervention to support team work, confidence and resilience.
  • Subsidising a variety of activities and wraparound care for pupils during the day.

Impact of Pupil Premium Spending during 2015/16

Impact is measured both by reviewing children’s progress academically and by discussions with all parties involved about the child’s well-being and attitude to learning.

  • The overall progress of Pupil Premium pupils, both in KS1 and KS2, showed accelerated progress in Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • 100% of Year 3, 4 and 6 pupils made expected or more than expected progress in Reading and Writing. In Maths, 100% made more than expected progress, compared with 86% (Y3), 97.5% (Y4) and 91% (Y6) of non- pupil premium pupils.
  • 100% of Year 5 Pupil Premium pupils made expected or more than expected progress in Reading and Maths. In Writing, 92% made expected or more than expected progress, compared with 89% of non-pupil premium pupils.
  • The percentage of pupil premium pupils who on track (Secure in ARE) at the end of Year 5 and 6 is the same, or greater than non- pupil premium pupils in Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • In Year 2, with 33% SEN, 83% of pupils made expected or more than expected progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. 67% of pupils are on track against Age Related Expectations.
  • 100% of Year 1 pupils are now on track against Age Related Expectations in Reading. Additionally, all have met aspirational end of year targets in English and Maths.
  • Pupil Premium children in the Foundation Stage, on role from the start of the year, made typical or above typical progress in all areas.

How was the funding spent for individuals 2015-16

The following clubs are open to all children, Reception – Year 6, who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding.

Maths and English Games Club – Thursdays 3.30pm- 4.15pm.

(Running every week, throughout the academic year 2015-16)

This club provides a great opportunity to play a range of games with friends, and practise your Maths or English skills at the same time!

Lots of games are available, for all different ages, practising lots of different skills! At the end of each session, you can borrow a game to take home to play. Just remember to return it the following week!

We meet in the large group room. You may bring a snack.

Ask your parents to let the office know if you would like to join. We would love more children to come and join us!

Here are some comments about the club from our current members:

  • I think this club helps us with our learning, and helps make learning fun! (Year 5)
  • You can learn some maths (Year 3)
  • You have fun playing with new people (Year 2)
  • It is so good to take the games home! (Reception)

Maths and English Homework Club. Fridays 3.30pm – 4.15pm.

(Running every week, throughout the academic year 2015-16)

This club provides an opportunity to support parents in gaining confidence to use school strategies when helping their child / children at home with Maths and English.

Each week, we take a different aspect of the Maths or English curriculum. Children are able to choose varying levels of engaging activities to practice, and parents are given support or information on how best to help.

We have lots of fun activities to try each week. It is a lovely opportunity to have quality time with your child to practise Maths and English skills, in a relaxed and friendly environment. We would love for more people to join us. Please sign up at the office if you would like to come.

Parental comments about the club from Term 1:

  • (The most useful aspects of the club are)… “Being able to sit with children and having the resources to hand for them to solve the problem themselves.”
  • “The social aspects: my children are both very excited each week and looking forward to attend the club.”
  • “The games and maths ideas really make maths fun.”

Gifted and Talented Masterclass

As part of our current Pupil Premium provision 2015-16, a selection of Pupil Premium children from Year 1-6  were invited to attend a ‘Gifted and Talented Masterclass’ held at Colston’s School on Saturday 20th November. We provided this opportunity to enhance, enrich and inspire the learning of our more able pupils. Here is a report written by two children in Upper Key Stage Two detailing the day. DOWNLOAD: 2015-16 MASTERCLASS at Colstons

 

Bowsland Green Pupil Premium Report – 2014/2015

Pupil Premium allocation for 2014-15: £62,589

The Pupil Premium allocation for 2014-15 was targeted to provide:

  • Additional Teaching Assistant time to support learning needs
  • Additional Mentoring time to support social and emotional and behavioural needs
  • Free access to wraparound and extended services, for example breakfast and after school care, enrichment sport clubs
  • Funding educational trips and residential activities for pupils, for example class trips and Year 6 camp
  • Providing a HLTA led after school study club for completion of home learning and key skills development
  • Providing school uniform and support with clothing
  • The part funding of a senior member of staff to monitor the progress of Pupil Premium learners


Closing the Gap Agenda –  Impact of the Pupil Premium Spending 2014 – 2015

Mathematics

  • For average achievers, the gap is closing between the groups
  • For higher achievers, the gap is now positive in the Pupil Premium group’s favour against their peers

Reading  

  • Rapid improvements for average achievers, who now achieve well beyond their peers
  • No significant gaps in other achieving groups

Writing

  • Lower achievers demonstrate a positive gap against their peers

Focus for following year: Raising the level of pupils that make better than expected writing progress

To find out if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding and how to apply, please contact the school office.