Pupil Premium

Introduction

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Looked-after children face additional barriers to reaching their potential and so these pupils too will receive a premium.

In the new funding arrangements some pupil premium funding is also available for the children of armed services personnel. Service children – many of whose parents are risking their lives for their country – face unique challenges and stresses. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Source DfE website

At Falcon Junior School we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning meets the needs of all pupils, however, we recognise the particular needs of vulnerable or socially disadvantaged pupils. One of our key priorities is closing the gap between the performance of vulnerable pupils and that of others.

Pupil Premium Allocation (based on eligible pupils over the last 6 years)

2011 – 2012 (Financial Year) £10160

2012 – 2013 (Financial Year) £27236

2013 – 2014 (Financial Year) £48900

2014 – 2015 (Financial Year) £64600

2015 - 2016 (Financial Year) £74400

2016 - 2017 (Financial Year) £74400

2011-12

In the school year 2011-12 we had children eligible for free school meals and service family pupils and no looked-after children.

The pupil premium was used to provide staffing to run intervention programmes in Sound Discovery, Catch-up and Maths & English Booster classes for eligible pupils.

2012-13

In the school year 2012-13 we had children eligible for free school meals and service family pupils and no looked-after children.

The pupil premium was used to provide additional support to operate intervention programmes including Sound Discovery and Catch-up, to provide an additional teacher for Literacy and Maths, providing an additional set in Year 5 and 6 to ensure that eligible pupils are closing the gap on their peers and to provide a room in school ‘The Nest’ and an adult to support eligible pupils who have poor emotional literacy skills, behaviour difficulties and anger management issues, possibly due to low self-esteem, so that they are ‘ready to learn’

2013-14

In the school year 2013-14 we had children eligible for free school meals and service family pupils and no looked-after children.

We used the pupil premium to provide additional support to operate intervention programmes including Sound Discovery and Catch-up for eligible pupils, to provide an additional teacher for Literacy and Maths to provide an additional set in Year 5 and 6 to ensure that eligible pupils closed the gap on their peers, to provide a nurture base ‘The Nest’ and adults to support eligible pupils who have poor emotional literacy skills, behaviour difficulties and anger management issues, to support eligible pupils’ attendance at extra curricula clubs by paying fees, to provide specialist teaching for eligible pupils to meet their needs and to provide additional training for adults working on interventions and in the nurture base.

Pupil Premium 2014-15

We used the pupil premium to:

Provide additional support to operate intervention programmes in literacy and maths for eligible pupils.

Provide an additional teacher for literacy and maths to ensure pupils are taught in smaller groups and eligible pupils make the progress they should.

Provide a nurture base ‘The Nest’ to support eligible pupils social and emotional needs to ensure that they are ready to learn.

Support eligible pupils attendance and participation in extra curricula activities by paying fees and associated costs

Provide training for adults working with eligible pupils to ensure the pupils needs are fully met.

Provide a homework club for eligible pupils that has high quality staff able to support these pupils.

These actions resulted in pupil premium pupils making better than expected progress and closing the gap in the standards they achieve in reading, writing and maths at the end of KS2 between themselves and pupils who are not disadvantaged. Pupil Premium pupils at Falcon Junior School did at least as well as other pupils at the school and over 20% higher than pupil premium pupils nationally. Furthermore, these pupils did 8% better than all pupils nationally.

Pupil Premium 2015-16

Total £74,400

In the school year 2015-16 we receive pupil premium for children eligible for free school meals and service children. We have no looked after children.

We will use the pupil premium funding to:

Continue to provide high quality support and 1:1 tuition in literacy and maths for eligible pupils

Provide additional teachers for literacy and maths to ensure pupils are taught in smaller groups and eligible pupils make the progress they should.

Provide a nurture base ‘The Nest’ to support eligible pupils’ social and emotional needs to ensure that they are ready to learn.

Support eligible pupils’ attendance and participation in extra curricula activities by paying fees and associated costs

Provide training for adults working with eligible pupils to ensure the pupils’ needs are fully met.

Provide a homework club for eligible pupils that has high quality staff able to support these pupils.

 

Outcomes 15/16

KS2 Results 2016

The percentage of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium did at least as well as other pupils in all subjects and in Maths.  The percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths combined was better than pupil's not eligible for Pupil Premium.

Pupil Progress 15/16

The percentage of eligible pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 are in line to achieve at least as well as other pupils based on their progress since the start of KS2.   Eligible pupils accessed a range of opportunities that would not otherwise be available to them including Music and PE tuition, educational visits out of school time and equipment was provided for some pupils so they could fully access a wider curriculum both inside and out of school.

 

Pupil Premium 2016-17

Total £74,400

We will use the pupil premium funding to:

Continue to provide high quality support and 1:1 tuition in literacy and particularly maths for eligible pupils.

Provide additional teachers for literacy and maths to ensure pupils are taught in smaller groups and eligible pupils make the progress they should.

Provide a nurture base ‘The Nest’ to support eligible pupils’ social and emotional needs to ensure that they are ready to learn.

Support eligible pupils’ attendance and participation in extra curricula activities by paying fees and associated costs.

Provide training for adults working with eligible pupils to ensure the pupils’ needs are fully met.

Provide a homework club for eligible pupils that has high quality staff able to support these pupils.