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Use of Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is a government policy which allocates additional funding for children in receipt of Free School Meals, Looked After children and Forces children. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
At Our Lady and St Edward’s we intend to use this funding to narrow the gap in the attainment between the children who qualify for Pupil Premium and those who do not.
Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure
|Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) RECEIVED|
|Total number of pupils on roll||368|
|Total number of pupils eligible for PPG||163 (Ever 6- 210)|
|Looked After children PPG||2 (£1900×2)|
|Amount of PPG received per pupil||£1320|
|Total amount of PPG receive||£268,300|
Priorities for spending pupil premium grant 2014-15
How did we spend our pupil Premium Grant 2014-2015?
The Inclusion Team includes an educational psychologist, speech therapist, specialist SEN teacher, specialist language teacher, achievement mentor, experienced counsellor, attendance officer and specialist TAs.
Ø The achievement mentor and attendance officer support the Pupil Premium (PP) children and their families in a range of different ways including: completing forms (benefits, housing, admission, applications for employment etc.), attending meetings (outside agencies, health/educational professionals), home visits, picking up/dropping off pupils, investigating any parental concerns or worries, developing attendance, social and behaviour programmes for individual pupils.
Resources and visits are supplemented by the grant to enable children to engage in a wide range of high quality activities and visits. The curriculum is rooted in our locality and written by our staff for our pupils. This means that the curriculum is relevant, meaningful, exciting and rich in educational visits, visitors and experiences. This is particularly important to our PP children.
|Additional Facilities and resources
We have a school mini-bus to transport the pupils, free of charge, to a range of venues and places including: parks, beaches, local countryside, museums, art galleries, places of worship, Liverpool (water front, Beatles etc.), local landmarks (Hamilton Square, Mersey docks etc.) and special events (Giants, festivals, sports etc.) These experiences include termly visits from a travelling theatre company, cinema visits, lunch at local restaurants, treat trips and a whole school visit to the annual pantomime.
|Support for individual pupils to access a wide range of activities and opportunities
Ø All PP children have contributions for visits reduced by 50% or are given free places, especially if there are several children in the family.
Ø All PP children in Year 3 have free weekly keyboard lessons in small groups by a music tutor.
Ø There is a wide range of extra school activities which provide exciting, fun, educational, sporting and enjoyable experiences for pupils. Our two sports coaches are tasked with ensuring that PP children regularly attend a range of different clubs across the whole school. Limited family resources, low aspirations and ambition can be overcome by using the extra funding through Pupil Premium to provide PP children with the experiences and opportunities which others take for granted.
Ø All PP children are given a voucher which can be redeemed from our school uniform supplier to purchase a complete school uniform for each child each year. This increases their self-esteem as they look smart and reduces the financial burden on the families. This encourages a strong home/ school relationship, setting the tone from the start of the year.
Our full time librarian has raised the profile of reading and encouraged a love of books across the whole school. She deliberately targets PP children and encourages them to take books home regularly and supports them at lunch and break times. The librarian meets with the weekly parents group and she also attends parents meetings, encouraging parents to use the well-stocked school library.
|Additional support within class, intervention and after school
Ø Additional and classroom staff enable the children to be taught in small groups across the school for English and Maths.
Ø We offer extra support to PP children in Foundation, Key Stage 1 and 2 who are not meeting their targets in English and Maths during the afternoons.
Ø Additional tuition is after school and is often in small groups or one to one. In Foundation 2 additional after-school support focuses on social and communication skills for identified pupils. This strategy enables PP children to make accelerated progress and improve attainment.
|Support for Parents
The Inclusion Team also lead a weekly parents’ group which promotes self-help skills through discussion, invited speakers and visitors. All the parents are in receipt of Pupil Premium for their children. This group have begun to organise activities, including a recent parents’ bingo. This increased confidence and growing awareness of their own skills and self-worth is key having higher aspirations for themselves and their children.
What was the impact of Pupil Premium last year?
|The Inclusion Team has a particular regard to supporting PP children in a range of different ways including: academic, social, self-esteem, self- confidence, attendance and family circumstances. They provide focussed support after consultation with classroom based staff, ensuring individual and groups of pupils receive tailored support and learning programmes to maximize progress and reduce barriers. They identify and target specific PP children and their families to enable a holistic and concentrated support package with home and school united in meeting their complex and often wide ranging needs. This support includes intensive speech and language programmes, cognitive and behaviour assessments with the educational psychologist, including meetings with parents and specific, individual learning and behaviour programmes.
The counsellor and achievement mentor concentrate on improving self-esteem, self-confidence and dealing with social problems including: drugs, alcohol and domestic violence. This support is invaluable as it is the first step in sharing deep rooted problems and allowing other agencies to become involved. Parents and pupils feel valued and supported by having an avenue to talk about their worries in a safe and supportive environment.
The strategies implemented by school have had a significant impact upon the achievement and wider development of disadvantaged pupil across the school. Pupils are confident in lessons, behaviour is excellent and pupils relish new challenges. The excellent adult/pupil ratio means that pupils are taught in small groups by highly experienced and effective staff. PP children are enabled to make accelerated progress. The progress of each pupil is measured half-termly against challenging targets. Under- achievement being identified quickly and support is provided to ensure that the pupil is able to accelerate their progress and achieve their individual targets.
Priorities for Pupil Premium