Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools so that they can support and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, the school received £1320 per primary pupil who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years (FSM ‘Ever 6’).

A higher rate of £1900 for looked-after children has been introduced and the eligibility criteria has been extended to include those pupils who have been in care for one day or more, as compared with the six months in care currently required.

The school also received £1900 for eligible pupils who had been registered on the school census as having been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.

The service premium continued so that in 2016 to 2017 any pupil in Reception to Year 11 who has been flagged as a service child since 2011 continued to receive the premium (‘Ever 6’ measure). The service child premium was paid to schools at the rate of £300 per pupil.

The PPG is not ‘ring-fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they wish but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing to closing performance gaps between PPG children and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.

Pupil Premium 2016-17

At Layston we received £24,900 in total for 2016-2017.

Main Barriers to educational achievement

As a small school we identify the barriers to educational achievement on an individual basis and put action plans in place to support progress.  This may range from improving attendance to targeted intervention with aspects of phonics reading or mathematics, participation in our nurture group, or funding for enrichment activities.

How it was spent?

Expenditure for these pupils has included amounts allocated towards:

  • Early intervention for targeted pupils
  • Increasing teaching assistant support aimed at targeted groups
  • Developing quality, effective feedback to individual pupils identified through Lesson Study programme.
  • Support materials for the above
  • Nurture Group provision
  • Play therapy (behaviour support specialist giving 1:1 support and up skilling practitioners through CPD)
  • Subsidies for Residential and Educational visits
  • Assisted places at holiday sports academy
  • Assisted places at enrichment activities e.g. Music lessons: piano
  • School clubs
  • Family support for attendance

Reasons behind this spend

We reference the Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit on best practice for pupil premium spend and align the needs of our children with research based strategies that support breaking down the barriers to performance.  We review and refine strategies after careful analysis of what is working best and giving us the best outcomes for the children.

What is the  impact of the pupil premium?

The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant was measured at the end of the academic year in relation to:

  • Attendance
  • Engagements in clubs and enrichment activities
  • Parent participation
  • Core subject progress
  • Enjoyment of school

The impact of strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of the group:

  • The majority of PPG pupils have made at least good progress across all year groups against pre-arranged targets.
  • PPG pupils are motivated to complete their work
  • There is a diminishing difference between PPG and non PPG students in the majority of cases
  • The large majority of PPG read at home regularly with the very large majority feeling supported at home with their school work.
  • The vast majority of parents of PPG engage with school regarding their child’s learning at least each half term.
  • All pupil premium grant pupils attend a school club and experience success, engage positively with peers and behave well.
  • The attendance of the vast majority of PPG pupils is at least average or above.
  • All PPG pupils have responsibilities around school to develop reliability, responsibility and routines.
  • Almost all PPG pupils feel it good to have new challenges.

Reviews of pupil premium strategy

Reviews of pupil premium strategy take place termly and are monitored by the full governing body

The next review will take place in July 2017.

A detailed Pupil Premium Grant Report is available at the school office.