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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding is money given to schools from the Government to support the progress of pupils vulnerable to underachievement as shown by Government statistics. This includes children entitled to Free School Meals, Looked After Children and Children with English as an additional language.
 
The Government believes that the pupil premium funding, which is based on the number of children entitled to free school meals on or who have been entitled to free school meals in the past 6 years on roll, is a way to address the current underlying inequalities between vulnerable children and their peers. It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium funding is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils who attract the funding.
 
At Etchingham C E School, we recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for Free School Meals, and we reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. Pupil Premium Funding is allocated following an internal needs analysis, which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This does not necessarily mean that all Free School Meals children require additional support for all of the time.
 
Provision
In order to meet the needs of all our pupils, the Governing Body will ensure that provision is made to secure the teaching and learning opportunities to meet those needs.  The following barriers for these pupils have been identified:
  • Social and Emotional needs;
  • Reading progress applying to individuals;
  • Writing progress applying to individuals;
  • Maths progress applying to individuals.

Our priority for academic year 2016-17 will be focussed on "narrowing the gap" for those pupils not on track to achieve the individual targets set for them.

Governors will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged children are accurately assessed through Pupil Progress meetings and formative assessment and that effective provision is made in School.  The Standards Committee meetings will monitor this for effectiveness and undertake monitoring visits.   Staff will regularly  track pupils progress over time to assess the effectiveness of the provision made and change the type or frequency of such provisions or interventions to secure the best outcomes for individual pupils.   Governors will consider the progress and attainment data relating to the school's socially disadvantaged pupils in the context of National and Local Authority outcomes.
The progress made by socially disadvantaged pupils will be evaluated for cost effectiveness, comparing the progress made by the pupils receiving particular types of provision when compared to other potential forms of support.
 
Our range of provision and interventions to ensure access to education will provide the following:
  • Access to a broader range of curriculum and extra curricular opportunites;
  • Writing and mathematics interventions;
  • Social and Emotional Support;
  • 1 : 1 reading support and access to a digital resource;
  • Highly focused tuition to meet individual needs.

Success criteria:

  • Pupil progress meetings will provide a system for the early identification of needs and effective provision of appropriate interventions;
  • The majority of individual pupils will meet or exceed their targets;
  • Effective parental support will be secured;
  • Our School culture will be one where all pupils are valued and their achievements celebrated to develop confident and independent learners.
Looking ahead:
 
For the 2016-17 academic year, our Pupil Premium Funding is £11,880.
As a result of the identification of the needs of pupil premium and other vulnerable pupils, for 2016-17 we plan to spend this on the folowing to ensure that the barriers noted above are overcome:
  • One to One Tuition supporting individual pupils in Maths, Writing and Reading;
  • The purchase of a Digital Reading Scheme (Lexia) to support Reading progress;
  • Additional trained Teaching Assistant Support;
  • Professional Services to support social and emotional needs;
  • Access to chargeable activities - School Trips and After School Activities

Pupil Premium Strategy Review:

We will review our Pupil Premium Strategy on an on-going termly basis using assessment and attainment data.   The annual review of Pupil Premium Impact and Effectiveness will take place in July 2017.

Looking back:

Our Pupil Premium statement for 2015 - 16 is found below in pdf format.   You need Adobe pdf reader to open this document which can be downloaded for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/