What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children eligible for a free school meal and children that have been in care for more than 6 months. Pupils from Service families also attract a Pupil Premium. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, they are required to publish online information about how the Premium has been used.

How is Pupil Premium Funding used at St. Michael’s CE Infant School?

At our school the funding is used mainly to supplement the staffing arrangements so that there are well trained staff on hand to provide intervention and emotional support needed during a child’s time at the school. We are committed to supporting all pupils and we recognise that there are children at our school who, whilst not necessarily eligible for Pupil Premium, may also suffer financial hardship. It is also recognised that many of the opportunities put in place for children who are eligible for Pupil Premium may have a positive impact on other pupils.

Pupil Premium 2020-2021

 

The school is in receipt of pupil premium funding for the financial year 2019/2020 as follows:

£1,345 for each child considered to be financially deprived, or having been so at any time during the past 6 years.

£310 for each child who has a parent in the Services, or who has been in the Services for the past 6 years.

£2,345 for each child who was looked after by the Local Authority immediately before being adopted, or who was placed on special guardianship order or residence order immediately after being looked after.

Barriers to Learning

The barriers to learning for children in receipt of pupil premium at this school are as follows:-

  • Some pupils entitled to Pupil Premium were also in the early stages of learning English, which is affecting their attainment across reading, writing and maths.
  • Oral language skills for children entering school are lower for those entitled to Pupil Premium which slowed progress in reading and writing.
  • Attendance rates for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium were lower last year than those not eligible, and this lower attendance adversely affects attainment.

 

Pupil Premium 2020-21

For the financial year 2020-21 funding was allocated for the following numbers in each category:

category

No. of pupils

Amount per pupil

Total amount

FSM (deprivation)

31

£1,345

£41,695

Parents in Services

15

£310

£4.650

Post Looked After Children

2

£2,345

£4,690

 

 

 

£51.035

 

How We Are Spending Pupil Premium Funding in 2020-21

  • employing a Learning Support Assistant to deliver 'Leaps in Learning' maths intervention, to boost attainment in maths in Year 2
  • employing a teaching assistant to deliver the 'Boosting Reading Potential' programme, to boost reading progress for children in Year 1
  • employing an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant to work with children who needed support understanding and regulating their emotions and in building their self-esteem, and to work with parents on improving the attendance of children entitled to Pupil Premium
  • using 'Language Link' for the screening of children in Speech and Language in Early Years, and for planning and monitoring interventions, and employing staff to use this
  • employing staff to deliver interventions such as Precision Teaching, and the Narrative Approach to accelerate literacy skills
  • employing staff to deliver ‘Talk Boost’ for our KS1 children with language delay
  • employing staff to deliver the school’s own phonics intervention for children in Y1 who were at risk of not passing the phonics assessment
  • paying for some children to attend after school sports clubs to boost their self confidence
  • paying for some children to attend Breakfast Club to give them a positive start to the school day
  • employing staff to deliver language interventions, including pre-teaching, for children with English as an Additional Language

Pupil Premium 2019-2020

The school was in receipt of pupil premium funding for the financial year 2019/2020 as follows:

£1,320 for each child considered to be financially deprived, or having been so at any time during the past 6 years.

£300 for each child who has a parent in the Services, or who has been in the Services for the past 6 years.

£2,300 for each child who was looked after by the Local Authority immediately before being adopted, or who was placed on special guardianship order or residence order immediately after being looked after.

Barriers to Learning

The barriers to learning for children in receipt of pupil premium at this school were as follows:-

  • Basic numeracy skills for children entering school were lower for those entitled to Pupil Premium
  • Some pupils entitled to Pupil Premium were also in the early stages of learning English, which affected their attainment across reading, writing and maths.
  • Oral language skills for children entering school were lower for those entitled to Pupil Premium which slowed progress in reading and writing.
  • Attendance rates for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium were 94.1% in 2018/19 (whole school attendance 96.2%), which affected attainment.

 

Pupil Premium 2019-20

For the financial year 2019-20 funding was allocated for the following numbers in each category:

category

No. of pupils

Amount per pupil

Total amount

FSM (deprivation)

24

£1,320

£31,680

Parents in Services

8

£300

£2,400

Post Looked After Children

1

£2,300

£2,300

 

 

 

£36,380

 

How We Spent Pupil Premium Funding in 2019-20

  • employing a Learning Support Assistant to deliver 'Leaps in Learning' maths intervention, to boost attainment in maths
  • employing a teaching assistant to deliver the 'Boosting Reading Potential' programme, to boost reading progress for children in Year 1
  • employing an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant to work with children who needed support understanding and regulating their emotions and in building their self-esteem
  • using 'Language Link' for the screening of children in Speech and Language in Early Years, and for planning and monitoring interventions, and employing staff to use this
  • employing staff to deliver interventions such as Precision Teaching, and the Narrative Approach to accelerate literacy skills
  • employing staff to cover class teachers so that they can deliver ‘Early Talk Boost’ for our Early Years children with language delay
  • employing staff to deliver ‘Talk Boost’ for our KS1 children with language delay
  • employing staff to deliver the school’s own phonics intervention for children in Y1 who were at risk of not passing the phonics assessment
  • paying for staff time to monitor attendance and liaise with parents where attendance is an issue
  • paying for some children to attend after school sports clubs to boost their self confidence
  • paying for some children to attend Breakfast Club to give them a positive start to the school day
  • employing staff to deliver language interventions, including pre-teaching, for children with English as an Additional Language

 

There were no assessments during the Summer Term 2020 because schools were partially closed, so we are unable to present data relating to the success of the interventions listed above.

 

 

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