Pupil Premium Grant 2014-15

Schools receive additional funding for every child that is eligible for free school meals. It is therefore extremely important that all pupils who are eligible are registered as such as this will trigger the payment of the additional funding to the school. It should be noted that registering a child as being eligible for free school meals does not mean that the child is required to consume school meals. Parents may decide to send their child to school with a packed lunch on some, or all days of the week.

In 2014-15 there were 79 children who were eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant. The school has received £1300 for each child, totalling £102,700. The funding is used to provide one to one and small group tuition. It is also used to provide high quality training for teachers and teaching assistants helping them to improve the quality of the school’s teaching provision.

The funding has enabled the school to introduce a range of targeted precision teaching intervention strategies. The school has appointed two additional TAs in EYFS to closely support vulnerable learners. A further TA has been appointed to specialise in Rapid Phonics and 1st Class @ Number interventions for small groups of children. Tuition is tailored to the specific learning need of each pupil and is therefore in that sense bespoke. Pupils that are falling behind in their learning are identified by analysing pupil tracking data and are then included as part of a ‘Wave 2’ intervention group. These pupils also receive targeted interventions delivered by class teachers and classroom based teaching assistants. The detail of these interventions is recorded on a school ‘provision map’. The provision map allows the Governing Body to monitor where and when interventions take place and to triangulate their effectiveness and impact by analysing the provision map against learning outcomes evident in pupil tracking data.

The Governing Body has scrutinised school performance data and knows that the combination of these strategies is effective. The Governing Body knows this because:

  • No significant or vulnerable group is falling behind.
  • Children eligible for Free School Meals outperformed their peers at the end of KS1 in 2014 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
  • Pupils are removed from targeted precision teaching intervention groups because they have made especially good, or even outstanding, progress and have caught up with the learning of their peers.
  • School performance continues to improve since the implementation of targeted precision teaching strategies.
  • The gap between the achievement of pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding and those that are not has reduced.