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Great Easton

Snow Hill | Great Easton | Essex | CM6 2DR
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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and is paid to the school by means of a specific grant based on the school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM). ‘Looked after children’ (LAC) also receive Pupil Premium funding. There is also a premium for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. We don’t currently have any children eligible for this funding at school.

Great Easton Primary School Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is used by the school to help ‘close the gap’ in attainment. This is achieved by addressing any underlying inequalities between children and ensuring that funding benefits the pupils who need it most, so that there is a significant impact on their education and their lives. As a school we decide how the allocated pupil premium funding should be spent. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how it is being used.

At Great Easton Primary School:

  • 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 vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive pupil premium funding will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We will allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils in the school which have been identified as socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources may mean that not all children in receipt of pupil premium will be receiving targeted activities at any one time.

This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

In 2017–18  the school received £22,910 , 2018 – 2019 £18,040  and in 2019 – 2020 £18,140

This money is used to help provide for the following initiatives:-

2019-20 spending

 

Main barriers to learning/Aim of support given

 

Learning Mentor (£6060)

To support pupils’ self-esteem, attitudes to learning, sense of well-being and enjoyment of school.

Learning Support Assistant one to one or small group support (Part of £7880)

To help children reach their full potential in Maths and English.

School Counsellor (£3,000)

To support children with emotional needs which also become a barrier to learning

Horse Riding (part of RDA) (£1200)

 

To help children develop their confidence, empathy and teamwork skills as well as developing trust.


The impact of the Pupil Premium outlined above will be reviewed at the end of the academic year, July 2020, using achievement data, attendance information and well being surveys.

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.

How the Pupil Premium was used last year, 2018/19

The Pupil Premium for 2018-2019 is allocated to all schools, based on the number of pupils on roll who are known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years.

The allocated amount is £1,320 per pupil for primary school children, with adopted children receiving £2300 per pupil.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

  • 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. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

Department for Education April 2012

We are committed to ensuring that Pupil Premium funding is used to:

  • Narrow or close the gap between the achievement of the identified pupils and their peers.
  • Raise pupil attainment through the provision of a variety of educational support programmes.
  • Address underlying inequalities between the identified pupils and their peers with regard to pupil well-being, as well as academic development.

As a specific result of Pupil Premium funding we have maximised our targeting of resources to aid the development of English and Mathematics, as well as provide emotional support for vulnerable pupils, as required.

To maximise the effects of Pupil Premium funding we regularly monitor the progress and outcomes of pupils in the Pupil Premium cohort to inform future funding decisions.

A review of Pupil Premium spending in 2018-2019

The school received £25,040 (topped up in April £28,020) in Pupil Premium funding in 2018 – 2019.

This money was used to help provide for the following initiatives:-

Spent on

Aim

Learning Mentor (£14,960)

To support pupils’ self-esteem, attitudes to learning, sense of well-being and enjoyment of school.

Learning Support Assistant one to one or small group support (Part of £14,960)

To help children reach their full potential in Maths and English.

School Counsellor (£3,000). 

To support children with emotional needs which also become a barrier to learning

Funding places for RDA (£80)

To help children develop their confidence, empathy and teamwork skills as well as developing trust.


Impact

The schools’ previous year implementation of Pupil Premium funding has resulted in:

  • Above National and Essex attainment thresholds at KS2 including 60% of the pupils subject to PP funding (two pupils narrowly missed out and had scaled scores of 97 and 92)
  • Above National and Essex attainment thresholds at KS1, including the pupil subject to PP funding
  • Maintained high level of attendance across the school 97.09%, and meeting our target of 96%. Our children who receive Pupil Premium had an overall attendance of 96.09%.

These initiatives proved to be successful.  We will continue to spend our allocation in a similar way and build on the effective practice.  Great Easton Primary School is committed to improving practice.  We will therefore continue to monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the initiatives, as outlined above, through our regular Pupil Progress Meetings in order to ensure that the funding is having a positive impact on learning, progress and attainment.

Pupil Premium Strategy statements are available with other statutory documents - please click here to access page