We are required to report on the school website the school’s allocation from the Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium plus grant, in respect of the current academic year.
Pupil Premium is allocated to those children who are eligible for Free School Meals, Ever 6 funding is for those who previously qualified for Free School Meals, which continues for a further 6 years, (even if the child is no longer entitled to receive free school meals), and children whose parents serve in the armed services). Pupil Premium plus funding is for looked after children and previously looked after children.
School has to give details of how it is intended that the allocation will be or has been spent; details of how the previous year’s allocation was spent, and the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they wish – but are held accountable, and must report on how the funding has been used to support these groups of children. This information is shared with governors at their termly meetings.
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 children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage, reaches the pupils who need it most.
For those children receiving Pupil Premium plus, the government has said that the funding is to be spent on ‘helping adopted children emotionally, socially and educationally by providing specific support to raise their attainment and address their wider needs.’ This money is not ring-fenced and does not have to be spent on the individual child. , but schools need to take into account the child’s additional needs, which may be different from the needs of the children who attract the Pupil Premium.
At our small rural school, the barriers to educational learning may go beyond academic success. The isolated nature of living in the in the Dales can mean that access to learning beyond the classroom is a challenge. The limited numbers of peers, which the children grow up with and socialise with, is also restricted to a small number. Therefore, there is an increased likelihood that when meeting larger groups or new individuals there is a lack of confidence.
At Kettlewell Primary school, we realise that not all children who are eligible for Free School Meals are disadvantaged, and that not all pupils who are disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for Free School Meals, be looked after or from service families. Therefore, we allocate Pupil Premium funding on a needs basis where we identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Pupil Premium is used to help fulfil our vision and aims for all children and provide additional help and support for those children and families who may at times need something over and above the consistently good support we provide here. Where academic standards and progress do not require any intervention then Pupil Premium will be used to develop a skill or talent of the individual child and to support the learning of the year group in which that child is.
How the Pupil Premium plus funding is spent, is done so, in part, following consultation with parents and guardians. School and parents/guardians will consider if funding should be used to provide nurture and relationship opportunities; scaffold children’s social skills and peer relationships; support emotional literacy and emotional regulation; support children at times of transition; develop children’s executive functional skills and address barriers to information sharing and joint working.
Due to the size of our school, the potential for identifying pupils through the publishing of any report is inevitably greater. For this reason, it is our policy to publish a basic outline of how we have spent, and plan to spend, our Pupil Premium allocations and not to separate Pupil Premium funding from Pupil Premium plus funding.
At Kettlewell Primary School, we were allocated £4,600 for the academic year,
2018 – 2019.
We used this funding to support the needs of the current eligible children; due to small numbers, summary of barriers to educational achievement can be reported face to face by the EHT’s and/or Base Leader.
The funding was allocated in the following ways with the primary aim of ensuring that the pupils made good progress both academically and in their social and emotional development and were offered equality of opportunity in all aspects of their learning:
- Trauma and attachment training for staff
- Compass Buzz training for staff, to develop their skills and confidence, in order for them to improve and strengthen the support they can give to children, in relation to their mental health and well being
- Additional maths, reading and handwriting resources to support children with work in the classroom, specific to their needs
- Provide some opportunities for 1:1and small group support in the classroom to support learning and social/emotional development
- Music tuition for individual children
IMPACT of pupil premium spending for 2018 – 2019
- Inclusive opportunities were available to pupils, which enabled a broader experience both academically, socially and emotionally.
- Good progress made, as a result of intervention and individual support given to children, with achievement in most areas at expected
- Increase in stamina for working at greater length, due to support to help increase children’s focus and pace
- Additional resources used to support learning in the classroom impacting on outcomes
- Increase in children participating in the creative curriculum, impacting on confidence and self-esteem
- Social and emotional management/confidence boosting, has significantly increased within school for the children
- Improvement in handwriting with correctly formed and sized letters. Reading – there has been an increase in enthusiasm for reading and more inclination to read independently; decoding and fluency improved. Spelling and phonic knowledge improved as well as word recognition
- Increased confidence and ability in maths, making good progress
At Kettlewell Primary School, we have been allocated £4,600 for the academic year,
2019 – 2020.
The funding will be used in the following ways.
- Additional TA support within the classroom to deliver intervention programmes including those for maths, spelling and handwriting with the intention of accelerating progress and reaching end of year expectations.
- Additional TA support in the classroom to be used for same day intervention to address mis-conceptions as they arise with the intention of accelerating progress and reaching end of year expectations.
- Purchase concrete resources to support learning and understanding in maths to increase and support learning
- Use of maths specialist teacher and skilled HLTA in maths to challenge children, in order for them to achieve greater depth at the end of the academic year.
- Purchase additional resources to support the work of the specialist teacher to engage children and enthuse their love of maths including work on reasoning and problem solving, impacting on children’s ability to articulate their understanding
- Increased opportunities for social speaking , circle time and forums for small group, paired and one to one discussions, in order to increase confidence
IMPACT of pupil premium spending for 2019 – 2020
The Executive Head teachers and the governing body will monitor this during the year.
A statement will be added at the end of the academic school year