Pupil premium grant expenditure: report to parents 2020/2021
Every Year the Government allocates an amount of money to schools known as the Pupil Premium Funding which is additional to main school funding. It was introduced as a way of helping schools to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their less disadvantaged peers by ensuring that funding intended to narrow the attainment gap reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools are obliged to report annually on how they spend this money and what impact it has on pupil progress.
Guiding principles for how the money is spent
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to all vulnerable groups, this includes the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated based on need. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
Pupil Premium Provision
During the period Sept 2020 – Sept 2021 the Pupil premium funding will be used to maintain many of the provisions that were in place last year. The strategy of prioritising the pupils’ emotional, social and behavioural needs to ensure that they are ready to learn has been very successful in improving the attainment and progress of disadvantaged children. The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent school closure to all but Keyworker children had an impact on the provision that could be provided. An additional provision was put in place (detailed below). The amount of funding received this year is slightly lower than that received last year. The intention is to continue with as many of the existing provisions as possible knowing how successful they have been. However, some changes have been made to take account for the fact that the children are working in bubbles and some children are finding returning to school difficult after being at home for a prolonged period.
Provisions currently in place:
- 12 Playtime Support Assistants will help build up the children’s cooperative play skills to enable them to have successful break and lunchtimes allowing them to return to class ready to learn. (£9600 27% of the total cost of high-quality playground cover is charged to the Pupil Premium budget, however, in general, a much higher percentage of time is spent supporting vulnerable children on the playground.)
- The Pupil Support team remain the cornerstone of the additional support we provide for our vulnerable children. The team has remained at 12 members of staff. The role of the team is to support children with emotional and behavioural needs thus ensuring that they are able to be successful learners in the classroom. The team are flexible enough to respond to children’s individual needs supporting them both in and out of class on a 1:1 or small group basis. (£70000 40% of the cost of the team.)
- Each week the Deputy Head (Inclusion) meets with the members of the pupil support team. The emotional and behavioural needs of the children are discussed and plans are put in place to support them. (£4000)
- The Deputy Head (inclusion) monitors the progress of the children entitled to Pupil Premium funding and ensures that additional interventions are put in place as needed. (£5000)
- A SENCO Assistant has been recruited to oversee the running of the Social Skills and Theraplay groups. She also manages the day to day running of the Speech and Language provision and gives on the job training to members of the Pupil Support Team (£10000 40% of salary)
- A part-time librarian has been maintained to ensure that the school library is always an ordered, well-stocked and welcoming place for all the children but particularly for those who don’t normally have the chance to visit a library. All the children are able to visit the library every week and borrow books to take home. The librarian also runs book clubs and hears particular children read. The library is now open before school so that parents can visit with their children and at lunchtime where it has become a haven for those children who just need to escape the bustle of a busy playground and find a quiet place to read. In addition this year the librarian will be monitoring the book choices of the higher achieving Pupil Premium children, reporting back to teachers and helping the children to extend the range of books they choose. (£6000)
- A member of the Pupil Support team organises the ‘Crumbs’ project to provide food for our most vulnerable families. This has helped to ensure that children from these families are not coming to school hungry and has fostered improved communication with families who have historically found it difficult to engage with the school and more opportunities for families to get involved in the life of the school. Vulnerable families were also referred to a local charity who provided the families with presents at Christmas. (£3000)
- A family support worker is employed for 1 day per week. She works with some of our vulnerable families by visiting them in their homes and offering parenting advice. She also works with families to find solutions to poor attendance. (£5078)
- The school buys in additional time from an Educational Psychologist to assess the learning needs of some disadvantaged children to ensure that the additional provisions they receive are appropriate and the staff running them have the necessary training and expertise required. (£6000)
- Two members of the Pupil support team have continued to run play theraplay groups to benefit children with attachment difficulties. A further 2 staff will be sent on the training so that they are able to increase the number of children who can benefit. (£1000)
- Every member of the school staff has been paired with a disadvantaged child to act as their mentor and champion. They meet regularly to discuss any issues the child might have and to help them with any particular difficulties they may be facing. (£1000)
- Teachers and Pupil Premium Champions encourage Pupil Premium children to apply for positions of responsibility such as House Captains, Sports Captains and School Councillors. They assist them with their applications and speeches.
- A member of the senior leadership has taken the lead in promoting a whole school approach to creating a Growth Mindset approach to learning. This has included whole staff training, whole school assemblies and workshops for children and parents. (£1000)
- The school has bought in additional support from a Speech and Language Therapist to boost the language skills of certain children and to introduce a programme so social skills groups which will be run by members of the Pupil Support Team. (£3400)
- During termly pupil progress meetings, held with the Head Teacher and members of SLT, teachers will present data on the progress of disadvantaged pupils and these pupils are given priority in the discussion.
- As a result of discussions in Pupil Progress Meetings, each class teacher has a particular group of Pupil Premium children who are their focus group for the term. The progress of this group is discussed at the following Pupil Progress meeting.
- During regular inspections of work by SLT and Year teams, there is always a focus on the work of disadvantaged children.
- The Deputy Head (Inclusion) runs a parent volunteer reading programme where the parents are trained to support children with their reading and disadvantaged children are prioritised for a place on the programme. (£1000)
- Higher Level Teaching Assistants prioritise pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding for additional 1:1 reading support.
- Most of the staff choose to eat with the children at lunchtime in the school dining room. Seated at round tables chatting with the children and modelling good manners. This has made for a much calmer and pleasant experience in the dining hall. (£5000)
- The school will continue to fund school day trips for all children currently claiming FSM. (£2500)
- The school runs a separate free breakfast club – Magic Breakfast – for specially invited PP children (£4000)
- The cost of residential trips is subsidised if required to try and ensure that all PP children who wish to have the opportunity to attend at least one residential visit while they are at Beechwood. (£2000)
- The school will continue to cover the cost of music tuition for children on FSM who wish to learn an instrument and who can demonstrate that they are practising their instrument regularly at home. (£1000)
- Children on FSM are entitled to claim a free school sweatshirt and a free PE kit. (£400)
- Subscription to the ‘Crumbs’ project including additional funds to provide a Christmas hamper for the families. (£2000)
Additional Provision Introduced during the lockdown
- Families who were entitled to PP funding were contacted by phone every week throughout lockdown if the children were not in school.
- Work packs were photocopied and delivered to houses where children did not have access to a computer to complete work.
- Crumbs food parcels were increased to twice a week for the most vulnerable children and these were delivered to homes when families were unable to collect them.
- Personal letters were written to the children who would normally have 1:1 support but could not come into school during lockdown
SAT tests didn’t take place in 2020 due to COVID-19. Teacher assessments were used to predict the most likely level of attainment the children would have reached had teaching continued. The predictions were made using the mock SAT results, the work in books at the time of lockdown and the speed of progress that the children were making. The teacher assessments were then moderated by the senior leadership team.
Engagement with provision
The interventions which have been funded by Pupil Premium Money have seen:
- 15 families receiving food via the Crumbs project
- 10 children attending a social skills group
- 47 children meet regularly with a member of staff in a mentoring role
- 31 children receiving Emotional Literacy support
- 5 children having Theraplay
- 9 children supported 1:1 in class
- 4 Children having additional Speech and Language support from a SALT
- 2 children being assessed and supported by an Educational Psychologist
- 25 children having additional 1:1 reading support
- 28 children booked to go on residential trips (unfortunately only one of the trips was able to go ahead)
- 96 children taking books out of the school library
- 6 Children having free music lessons
- 32 Children attended Magic Breakfast
- 2 children attended sensory circuits
- 10 children attended the worry workshop group
- 96 families were phoned weekly during lockdown
- 25 children received weekly printed work packs delivered to their door
- 22 support staff received training on how to help children improve motivation and independence from the Educational Psychologist