For the academic year 2018/19 our Pupil Premium of £165,000, which supports pupils on Free School Meals and Looked After Children, resourced three part-time support teachers, four trained Learning Support Assistants, intensive Speech and Language Therapy, targetted Educational Psychology support, and the enhanced digital literacy and numeracy programmes of Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths.
As a result, the school was able to keep an ongoing track of progress and attainment, intervene immediately at a personalised level and keep pupils at or above their expected rate of progress.
In the 2019 KS2 SATs, all our disadvantaged children achieved at least the expected standard in Reading, Writing, Maths and Grammar. They also out-performed all children nationally in all subject.
Over 50% of our disadvantaged children achieved the higher level in Maths, over 40% did so in Reading and 79% did so in Grammar, Over 20% of our disadvantaged children achieved the higher level in all subjects, compared to 11% of all pupils nationally.
Currently our Pupil Progress Tracker shows statistically negligible difference in the average progress of children on Pupil Premium as measured against their peers.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by our pupil premium pupils are related to many of them having English as an Additional Language, often meaning that oral and written Literacy skills are lower on entry to the Reception class, thus requiring a greater degree of input throughout their time in school to raise the standards of these skills. A further potential barrier is low attendance from a very small number of families.
For the academic year 2019/20, the Pupil Premium allocation is £150,480. The school continues to use this funding to provide additional staff who can give the children focused and immediate intervention for those who need it, especially in areas of both understanding and writing English. Based on our KS2 results for the last several years, this approach clearly continues to have a powerful impact on both attainment and progress.
The school will continuously monitor both our in-school progress tracker and our KS1 and KS2 SATs results in order to ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is impacting strongly across all the children that it is supporting. The school also uses its Pupil Premium funding to buy into a highly adaptive attendance monitoring programme, which allows for immediate intervention into poor attendance. We closely monitor the attendance of our disadvantaged children.
The next Pupil Premium strategy review will be in October 2020, once the data from Analyse School Performance (ASP) has been published.