Pupil Premium Funding Statement
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding, in addition to main school funding, which schools receive according to the number of children in specific groups.
Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for:
- all children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- all children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6)
- all children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their immediate family.
The government awards this funding to help raise attainment for these children. National data shows that as a group nationally, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM. A Service Premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is designed to support the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support pupils or groups of pupils the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.
How we have used our Pupil Premium funding
In 2017 - 18 Anston Park Junior School received Pupil Premium funding of £87,420
In 2016 -17 Anston Park Junior School received Pupil Premium funding of £91,960
We have considered the outcomes from National Research and Best Practice when making decisions about pupil premium spending. We have looked at the Sutton Trust Report and Ofsted case studies to consider how we can maximise the use of our funding to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. We have also used data and tracking to analyse where achievement gaps exist within our school to target spending effectively.
We have used the funding to provide a range of support for children:
- A Deputy Head Teacher ,without a class allocation, to support teaching and learning across school and additional support for Y6.
- An Additional teacher to support children 1-1 in Y6, the cohort with the largest number of pupil premium children.
- Additional teacher support has been provided to reduce class sizes and to provide additional support for groups identified as making slower progress or failing to reach National benchmarks.
- We have reviewed our approach to interventions for children making slower than expected progress.
- Our Learning Mentor provides social and emotional development programmes with specific objectives focussing on the needs of individual children. He has also supported individual families.
- Our Cornerstones creative curriculum enables our pupils to engage in a new and exciting programme offering off site visits to enhance learning. Some school visits have been funded by the school for the whole class to enable all children to access them.
- We have purchased more IPads in school to enable children to access the new reading scheme 'Bug Club' during school time.
- We pay for all our pupil premium children to attend all school visits including a substantially subsidised residential in Y6.
- We pay for music tuition for any pupil premium child who wishes to learn to play a musical instrument. The children perform in the school assemblies.
- School uniform is provided for any child to ensure they do not feel disadvantaged.
In addition to the above, the school recognises the fundamental importance of quality first teaching for all its pupils. We have therefore used our staff development time to focus on securing consistently good teaching and learning. We have reviewed our approach to marking and feedback, the use of effective questioning and enabling children to understand how to be effective learners.
If your child does not have FSM but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that would be used to help your child.
Please note: No child is singled out for receiving PPG and the children are totally unaware of who receives this additional funding.
Our Pupil Premium spending action plan includes performance measures and all of our spending priorities are evaluated and reviewed annually to ensure that they are successfully improving outcomes for children.
(The next review will be September 2018)