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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are deemed to be vulnerable to possible unerachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. 

All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for 'Disadvantaged' pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. Heaton Avenue is committed to 'Diminshing the Difference' between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium forms a vital part of that process. The governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being 'disadvantaged'. 

Pupil Premium funding that school receives (£92,320 for 2018-2019). The amount of funding is showing a downward trend in actual pupil numbers in receipt of puil premium. There is an online form to complete and we can help any parents/carers who need support with this. 

There are half termly pupil progress meetings which focus on the needs of children in receipt of PP. Interventions and strategies are discussed in order to accelerate progress and effective ways to use the funding are discussed to best support each individual child. We have used research based evidence such as the Sutton Trust and OFSTED guidance to identify best value for money for Pupil Premium children and their families.  Using formative and summative assessments including school’s current online assessment tool, these pupils are tracked and individuals identified who are not making good or better progress.

The Pupil Premium Review for 2017-2018 is now complete  and through this evaluation process we have prioritised the funding for the next academic year, based on data analysis and impact of interventions on outcomes. Funding has made an impact on many year groups in terms of progress, particularly Maths and in Year Two where the children eligible for Pupil Premium out performed their peers in Writing and Maths. Year 6 children with Pupil Premium did not perform as well this year but two were 1 mark off in Reading from reaching expected levels. The focus this year is on Reading and Y6 achievement. Phonics results are also down and there are boosters for those children now in Year 2 who did not pass the screener.

Ofsted  (July 2017) commented that -

Disadvantaged pupils are making faster progress in reading, writing and mathematics. This is beginning to diminish the difference between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally more quickly. 

Leaders’ careful tracking of individual pupils ensures that funding for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is targeted appropriately. Progress for these groups of pupils has quickened as a result. 

Leaders use pupil premium funding to enable vulnerable pupils to attend breakfast club. This has helped vulnerable pupils to be punctual and more able to start the school day in a settled and positive way.

Leaders have used pupil premium funding effectively. Disadvantaged pupils are making more rapid progress throughout the school in reading, writing and mathematics this year. The faster progress made by these pupils, in Year 6 in particular, is helping to more quickly diminish the difference between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally. Leaders acknowledge the need to continue this improvement even further.

Areas to develop - continuing to diminish the difference between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and that of other pupils nationally, more quickly (see review above)

More robust analysis of information about attendance so that attendance improves and persistent absence reduces for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (Persistent absence is significantly decreasing for children with Pupil Premium but attendance is still a focus this year)

The Pupil Premium Plan for 2018-2019 has been completed and the funding summary allocation is shown below.

For the information in full - please click on the llnk below:-

Pupil Premium Review & Action Plan 18-19

Pupil Premium Allocation 2017-18

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