The pupil premium was introduced by the Department for Education in April 2011. It is extra funding allocated to schools to work with school-age pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever6 FSM’)
It is intended 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.
This additional funding is used in different ways to help pupils who are eligible for the premium to progress and achieve. We look at how other schools have used their funding and read advice about what might be most effective.
Every year we report on how the premium has been used, what impact it has had and how we are using it in the current year. We keep track of the progress and achievement of pupils who are allocated extra funding. This tells us how effectively we have used the pupil premium. We compare the results for these children with our non-premium pupils. We also compare how we have done with the results in other schools.
Pupils in receipt of pupil premium attain less well than those not in receipt of pupil premium, however, this attainment gap narrows significantly as the pupils progress through the school, where the long-term impact of interventions can be seen here.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17
Expenditure on Pupil Premium 2015-16
Expenditure on Pupil Premium for 2015/16 was allocated based on analysis of the effectiveness of how the funding was used in 2014/15. Some provisions have been replicated and others adapted to better suit the pupils’ needs. Many of the families of pupils who attend Four Acres who are not eligible for pupil premium funding are on low incomes in comparison to the national average, therefore, some provisions have match funding from the Academy budget to enable all pupils to have access. A review of the spending on pupil premium funding for 2015/16 can be found with this link PP review 2015-16 website.docx
Breakfast club is free and is used to encourage good attendance or improve lateness. Many of our pupils access this provision from Reception to Y6. Pupils are given breakfast and have activities supervised by adults to encourage a positive start to the day. It means that the children have also had a good meal to start the day which helps them to concentrate and learn better.
The Family Liaison role is linked to supporting families in need. She supports pupils who attend breakfast club ensuring a positive start to the day. She deals with attendance and child protection issues across the Academy and Children’s Centre which includes home visits.
Behaviour Support Adult
The Academy’s behaviour mentor, her role consists of welcoming pupils at the beginning of the day, administering and pro-active assistance at this time. She works with pupils who have social and emotional difficulties across the school. She checks in several times a day with children who are in “crisis” or who are regularly difficult in class. She supports these pupils in class and does preventative work with individuals and peer groups.
Swimming takes place in Key-stage 2 and the pool hire, instructor and transport costs for everyone is free. A percentage of this cost is paid for from pupils premium funding.
Trainee Play Therapist
Trainee Therapist provides “play therapy” type activities for identified individuals all in receipt of pupils funding. During the term she may also work individually with identified pupils with their academic work-reading. The above costing only takes into account play therapy.
Deputy Head Teacher
The Deputy-Head teaches identified groups of pupils across the Academy. She also supports teachers to improve teaching and learning in the form of team teaching, in-class support, coaching and planning.
Learning Support Teacher
A learning Support Teacher works with small groups and individuals to boost learning and narrowing the gaps in attainment across Key-stage 2. She also work with the higher achieving pupils and runs after school and lunchtime maths groups.
Learning Support Teacher
A learning Support Teacher works across Key-stage 1 supporting in class and working with small groups to narrow the attainment gap.
A TA works in Reception to support individuals and small groups to narrow the attainment gap.
One to One Support
During the year individual pupils are identified as needing 1:1 support to ensure achievement in Reading, writing and Maths. Pupils receive a period of 1:1 support to fill gaps in learning this is in minimum blocks of 10 weeks usually for 1 hour depending on the age of the pupil.