Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
In 2022-2023 we received £12,465 pupil premium funding grant. This was used to provide some additional TA support in and out of classes, to buy resources to create a sensory room where children can go to self-regulate when they need to, to support pupil well-being and to provide access to enrichment activities. Interventions were provided for reading, maths, spelling and writing and much of the additional support was delivered by teaching staff. We keep records of how our allocation is spent, but because we are a small school we also take steps to ensure that individual pupils cannot be identified. In 2022-2023, as well as providing interventions and support, the funding was used to enhance learning resources - we used some funding to purchase resources to enhance the teaching and learning in the Foundation subjects - focusing particularly on History and Geography, new reading books for younger pupils, carefully chosen 'reading for pleasure' books that have supported the children's emotional well-being and offered insights to the world they are living in. We were also able to use funding to deliver nurture group sessions and additional phonics sessions.
One member of staff has received paediatric first aid training.
We track the performance of pupils in receipt of additional funding through end of term and end of year data and also through regular pupil reviews. All staff are aware of the expectations for pupil premium pupils and discuss these with parents and carers at consultation evenings. In 2023 KS2 SATs, 33% of disadvantaged pupils made expected progress in all areas, 66% made expected progress in SPAG and Maths - 66% of these children had EHCPs with Autism diagnoses.
The greatest need in school for our disadvantaged pupils was their Social Emotional Mental Health, a lot of time and intervention has been included into the timetables of these children to ensure that they are then able to access their learning.
Our pupil premium allocation for 2023-2024 is £16,005. Funding this year will be used to provide access to enrichment activities, as well as after school clubs. Teacher led interventions for writing, maths, reading, phonics and spelling have been planned for identified pupils and we have also planned to continue to run more social emotional well-being sessions for small groups of pupils and individuals. Some of the funding will be used to purchase additional resources in this area and also to access training for members of staff - ELSA training and Understanding and Responding to Developmental Training for all staff.