St Bede’s RC Primary School Pupil Premium Investment
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding to schools to provide extra support and resources to narrow the attainment gap of specific groups of children: these include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the Local Authority and the children of armed service personnel. Historically, pupils receiving FSM make slower progress and achieve lower results than those children who do not receive FSM. This is a national issue. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to target support to ‘narrow the gap’.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent,since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Pupil Premium Investment: 2013-2014
In 2013-2014 funding was used in the following way:-
1. To create a Special Fund for children entitled to Free School Meals now or in the past six years and use this fund for:-
- Additional individual or small group tuition programmes for those children on Free School Meals who need a boost to their learning in order to reach their potential, for example, intensive phonics support, small group tuition and other opportunities to boost learning.
- Educational visits, extra-curricular activities and access to extended services such as Breakfast Club.
- Continued professional development for staff to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils.
2. To support children’s learning in the classroom by:-
- Ensuring equal access to all activities / events by providing financial support, to ensure equality of provision and access to enhanced experiences, to promote pupil progress and sustain learning. These activities include sporting experiences and access to out of school clubs.
- Providing effective feedback on pupil’s performance- teaching staff use marking and verbal feedback to children in a way that helps them understand what they have learned and what they needed to do next to improve and build on their learning.
- Supporting the cost of employing additional classroom staff to support pupils to overcome barriers to learning and accelerate pupil progress.
- One to one/ small group tuition (intervention) was given to pupils across the year groups to accelerate their progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
- Providing early years intervention groups.
- Providing Staff training relevant to meeting the needs of the individual pupil’s eligible for Free School Meals.
- Providing an enriched curriculum which includes a mixed programme of both in and out of school visits/ visitors to support pupils’ engagement in their learning.
- Development of a Peer Mentoring scheme.
- Pupil Progress Meetings with parents held termly to discuss the progress of their child in the core subjects, to inform parents of children’s future targets and to review and evaluate interventions for children at risk of not making at least good progress.
- Up-skilling staff across the school eg. member of staff HLTA qualified July 2013 (in EYFS Unit).
- School Chaplain to support pupils in their Faith and PSHE development.
- Purchase of technological equipment and software to support teaching and learning from Nursery to Year 6.
Pupil Premium Investment: 2014-2015
Funding allocated in the following areas:
1. Special Fund for children entitled to Free School Meals now or in the past six years and use this fund for:-
- Additional individual or small group tuition programmes.
- Resources- human and educational eg. the appointment of three Workforce Childcare Apprentices to improve adult/child ratios in the classroom.
- Educational visits, extra-curricular activities and access to extended services.
- Continued professional development for staff.
2. To support children’s learning by:-
- Early identification.
- Effective use/analysis of school assessment and tracking data.
- Early years intervention facilitated as a result of additional teaching commitment in Reception class with two teachers in class one day a week.
- Supporting the cost of employing additional classroom staff to overcome barriers to learning resulting from deprivation.
- Providing additional teacher’s time to facilitate ‘team teaching’ in specific year groups throughout the year (quality first teaching).
- Providing regular feedback on pupil’s performance with continued development of peer feedback and support.
- Enrichment of the school curriculum including specialist teachers, visiting professionals and out of school visits e.g. to London.
- Continue holding termly Pupil Progress Meetings with parents.
- Improving technological provision including software. For example, ‘I Am Learning’ web based package pupils can access at home and school.
- Providing opportunities for greater Parental engagement and support e.g. maths workshops.
- Promoting the well-being of all our children and providing the relevant support eg. the Chaplain to support pupils in their Faith and PSHE development.
How do we know if this is making a difference to the Pupil Premium children of St Bede’s?
We track the progress of all of our pupils in school on a regular basis and we compare children according to different characteristics including Free School Meals. Further information is available on OFSTED Data Dashboard: St Bede’s (see link below).