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Pupil Premium

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Parkwood Academy

‘To live, to Learn, to Care, to Leave a Legacy’

Pupil Premium is a grant which is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantaged children reaches the pupils who need it most and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget.  It was established by the government to address inequalities between pupils. It is allocated according to the number of children on roll who are eligible for free school meals at any time in the last six years, who have been Looked After for more than six months, who are adopted, or who have a parent in one of the armed forces.  It is up to the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent.  Pupil Premium funding is used to raise attainment as well as promoting social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018-2019

Pupil Premium Report 2017-18 with expenditure review

Click on the link below to review the Pupil Premium report October 2016 and planned Pupil Premium spend for academic year 2016/17.

Pupil premium report 2016-17

Pupil Premium Funding

GENERAL INFORMATION

The school receives funding to help all children who are entitled to, or have been in the last six years, receive Free School Meals,  are children of service personnel or who are Looked After by the Local Authority. This funding is called Pupil Premium and it is used to help children make good progress in school. Its main purpose is to ‘Narrow the Gap’ in achievement between those children in receipt of Free School Meals and those who are not.

The ideology behind this policy is that often children who receive Free School Meals are deemed to be socially or economically disadvantaged, and therefore vulnerable. However, we recognise that not all children receiving Free School Meals are vulnerable, and that some families who do not take Free School Meals may actually be suffering economic hardship, or emotional upheaval and therefore are in need of additional support.

The Pupil Premium money is allocated on the principal that if the children are undergoing emotional trauma this will be a barrier to them accessing the curriculum and therefore intervention support in terms of counselling, home/school liaison and mentoring is required.  We also believe that all vulnerable children need excellent provision in the classroom to ensure they do not fall behind and have access to the resources they need to support their learning and enable them to make good progress, meet their national expected standards of attainment.

The amount of Pupil Premium funding the school has received since 2012/13 is shown below. From 2012/13 the funding is allocated to children who are currently entitled to receive free School Meals OR, who has been entitled at any time in the last six years.

Allocation2012/132013/142014/152015/16
Total school income from pupil premium.£64,800£90,900£160,224£142,860

This information leaflet sets out how the school uses this funding to support individual children and groups of children. We assess each child and consider which initiatives will be most effective in supporting their needs and enable them to make progress.

ACTIONS

Our primary aim is to use this funding to support children and their families in a variety of ways.  We want to narrow the gap in attainment and progress for KS1 and KS2 pupils.  By

Parkwood Academy has identified the needs of those pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding and it has been decided that the following intervention strategies will take place:

  • Booster Groups.
  • Intervention Groups.
  • Supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development.
  • Developing the overall provision for vulnerable pupils, to support gap closure.
  • Support for vulnerable families e.g. breakfast club, school trips, transport.

We hope that you will be pleased with the wide range of support available and that your child will benefit from this initiative.  By providing these opportunities we want children to be confident with the basic skills, ensure we provide emotional support to children and their families which in turn will improve attendance and ensure all pupils have equal opportunity to improve their reading skills.

ALLOCATION OF FUNDING 2015/16 

Support within the School Curriculum

  • Children are given extra reading support in Key Stage 1 through the employment of a Reading Recovery Qualified teacher.
  • The employment of a part-time intervention teacher to run curriculum booster session.
  • The employment of a 1:1 tutor to support individual pupils in Writing and Maths
  • The employment of a Learning Mentor, specifically to support pupils’ self esteem and encourage positive attitudes to learning so that pupils enjoy and achieve to their full potential.
  • 1:1 or small group interventions delivered by learning support assistants, who focus upon overcoming gaps in learning.
  • Children are targeted for any special interventions that their class teacher. or the Inclusion Manager/SENCo, feel they would benefit from, including supporting pupil’s emotional well-being:
    • Dina School (Year 1 & 2)
    • Emotional Wellbeing Group (All Year Groups )
    • Catch-Up Reading Programme (Year 2-6)
    • Maths Intervention – First Class at Number (Year 2), First Class at Number 2 (Year 3 & 4).
    • Family Fischer Trust Reading Programme (Year 2)
    • Writing Interventions
  • The school subsidises, or covers the cost of, theatre groups or visitors who come into school as part of our curriculum enrichment programme.
  • The school funds individual counselling support for identified pupils via an external provider (Kids Inspire).

Support for Trips and Visits

  • The school subsidises the cost of all trips and visits.  Where a family has genuine difficulty in paying the subsidised cost, the school will assist i.e. ensuring that no child is excluded on financial grounds.
  • Transport is subsidised, or cost covered, to and from local events.

 Free School Clubs

  • We run special clubs to which individual children are invited; these may be during the school day, at lunchtime or after school
  • Funding is used to facilitate the school’s Breakfast Club.
  • We fund a homework club to provide support and resources for pupils to complete homework effectively.

Support for Attendance

  • To promote good attendance through purchases incentives e.g. certificates, rewards and class rewards.EYFS
  • To provide enhanced speech and language provision.

IMPACT

Context of school:

  • The proportion of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (52.7%) is significantly above the national average (15.6%).
  • The proportion of pupils identified as having Special Educational Needs is significantly higher than the national average.
  • The school’s deprivation indicator (0.33) is above the national average (0.24).
  • The school population has fewer EAL pupils than the national average.

Narrowing the Gap:

The academic gaps in progress between children who attract pupil premium funding and those who do not have closed in a number of areas, in some cases creating a situation where pupil premium pupils are exceeding their peers, which is very welcome and reflective of a positive impact of the school’s current provision.  However, gaps between these two groups still remain in reading, across the school, and in mathematics in KS2. The school is continually reviewing its provision to target, and close, these remaining gaps as quickly as possible. 

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Our governors monitor the impact of the Pupil Premium expenditure on the educational attainment and progress of those pupils entitled to this funding at Governing Body meetings. In this regard, the Senior Leadership Team provide data which indicates how the achievement and attainment gap is narrowing between all groups of children. 

Do you qualify for Free School Meals?

Parents or guardians receiving the following benefits can claim Free School Meals:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

You will not normally be eligible for Free School Meals is you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit.

For more information about Free School Meals please contact 0845 6032200 or to apply online please go to:

www.essex.gov.uk/educationawards

Should you require an application form for Free School Meals please contact the school office.