Witnesham Primary School - How we use our Pupil Premium Grant – September 2017
In our school we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Grant to support any pupil who has been identified by the school as socially disadvantaged.
‘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.’ DfE
The range of provision the Governors may consider include:
•Providing targeted support from Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) in order to improve opportunities for effective interventions and accelerating progress.
•Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
•Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies.
•Employing councillors or other professionals to meet the needs of pupils.
All our work through the Pupil Premium Grant will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Literacy and Numeracy. It may also be used to target able children who receive FSM to achieve above expected standards at the end of KS1 and KS2.
The Pupil Premium Grant allocation for 2017/18 was £7,920 and will be used to support identified pupils through:
•Teacher led small impact groups for Year 6 pupils and Year 3 pupils.
•Additional class based TA to support mixed year groups (three year groups).
•EP services where appropriate.
•Supporting parents with residential and other school visits.
•Providing music tuition.
•Attendance at clubs for vulnerable pupils.
The impact of similar provision last year (2017 KS2 SATS) meant that 1 of our 2 PP pupils at KS2 achieved the expected standard for Reading, Writing and Maths, the other pupil was an SEN pupil who made good progress from their starting point. (SPI 2017 data). See additional report.
Smooth transition to the High School for vulnerable pupils due to increased confidence levels within positive class environment.
Good rate of progress from intervention programmes especially in writing and maths.