Pupil Premium Expenditure 2016-17

What are the possible barriers to children achieving?

For some of our pupil premium children, there are external barriers which the school looks to break down. Whilst not attributable to all children and families in receipt of Pupil Premium, some factors may include:

  • Poor or low attendance, including term-time holidays
  • Starting school at below age-related levels (socially, emotionally and academically)
  • Poor behaviour and attitudes to learning
  • Lack of parental engagement in children’s learning
  • Some safeguarding issues affecting children’s well-being
  • Lack of cultural and enrichment activities
  • Some speech and language difficulties
  • Local language idiosyncrasies which can hinder the learning of Standard English

How is the school planning to address these issues?

  • Improve attendance by: offering rewards and incentives; setting high expectations with children and parents; rigorously following up absence, including non-authorised absence for holiday with fines; visiting homes when pupil absences are not reported;
  • Provide best possible communication and transition into school with feeder nurseries and parents prior to children starting school; provide engaging curriculum, both indoor and outdoor; carry out and act upon detailed observations and assessments, planning activities and support to develop children’s learning and other aspects of their development;
  • Continue to have a zero tolerance attitude towards poor behaviour and address any issues and concerns outside learning time;
  • Encourage parents to become involved in the children’s learning through parents workshops, events in school and take home tasks;
  • Continue to be vigilant and respond immediately to safeguarding concerns; put support in place for families as quickly as possible, including multi-agency working;
  • Provision of cultural and enrichment experiences, including theatre, music and arts activities;
  • Speech and language support (Wellcom, Talk Boost);
  • Focus on spoken Standard English, speaking in sentences, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

A Pupil Premium action plan is in place for the academic year 2016-17. The plan outlines issues, actions, spending, personnel and deadlines. Outcomes will be evaluated and published in the plan. The plan will be reviewed in July 2017.

As in previous years, the Government continues to fund schools for all children entitled to Free School Meals. This amounts to £1300 per pupil, giving us £254,000 additional funding. We try to ensure the money is spent wisely and make a difference to the children of Pinfold Street Primary School.

This is how we spent/are spending our Pupil Premium this financial year and the impact it has had on our children to the end of the school year:

Pupil Premium Expenditure Financial Year 2016-17

Items of expenditure: Amount (₤):*
Staff salaries (including oncosts) 128,400.00
Educational Resources/equipment 41,500.00
Parent support and engagement 6,500.00
Extra-curricular tuition 25,000.00
Contribution to educational visits 30,000.00
Playgrounds 5,000.00
Curriculum enrichment 16,000.00
 Contingency (to be decided) 5,000.00
ALLOCATED BUDGET 257,400.00

 *Amounts have been rounded

Impact of Pupil Premium Spending 2015-16:

A range of teaching and learning support strategies were put in place, funded by Pupil Premium. Improvements in pupil progress across the school has been seen in our half-termly assessments. Reading, Writing and Maths are measured according to expected progress (1 step per half-term) and in the majority of cases, expected progress was made or exceeded.

However, last year’s end of Key Stage 2 data indicated that progress for children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding over the longer term (2012-2016) was not as positive as this one year snapshot. The data demonstrates the group were well below other children nationally.

  Expected progress in steps  Actual progress in steps 
 Third Space Learning  6  8.1
 Booster: Reading  2 4.1
 Booster: Writing  2  3.0
 Booster: Maths  2  3.5
 Catch-up Reading  6  7.6
 Rapid Writing  6  7.9
 Catch-up Maths  6  7.8
Taming Tricky Words (Spelling)  4  5.4
 Puzzle Club (Maths, deduction, logic) 2 2.7
Fine motor skills 2 3.2
Handwriting 2 2.5

Curriculum resources, playground equipment and enrichment experiences including visits and visitors have helped motivate children, widen their experiences and improve their knowledge and understanding in many subjects and aspects. Attendance and behaviour have improved.

We have a lot more information in school about the impact of each of these aspects if parents would like to request it.

Ofsted commented favourably on our use of Pupil Premium in our inspection in 2015:

“The pupil premium funding is used well to close the gaps between those entitled to it and others in the school. The funding ensures that these pupils are able to participate in all aspects of the school’s life, helping to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem.”