Place Farm Primary Academy

Pupil Premium Data Publication 2016-17 Academic Year

Pupil Premium Funding:

What is Pupil Premium?             

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for government funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. It has been awarded to schools to help them 'narrow the gap' in performance that exists nationally between vulnerable pupils and their peers. The level of funding allocated to schools is based upon the number of pupils who:

•  Are currently eligible and registered for Free School Meals (FSM)

•  Have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years (referred to 'Ever 6')

•  Are children whose parents were in the Armed Forces (Service Children)

•  Have been in local authority care for 6 months or more (now one day or more)

Place Farm Primary Academy - Funding Allocation:

April 2016 - March 2017

The level of Pupil Premium funding that Place Farm Primary Academy will receive this year is approximately £132,000. Funding is based upon the financial year from April-March and not the academic year which runs from September-July. As a result of this, many of our strategies for Pupil Premium are ongoing.

Which pupils are we targeting?

The Pupil Premium is used to target all vulnerable children. However the school is particularly focussed on those Pupil Premium children who are at risk of:

•  Underachieving at Key Stage 1.

•  Underachieving at Key Stage 2.

This year, our key priorities are:

•  To continue to close the gaps between Pupil Premium children and their peers.

•  To continue to track, monitor and support any children whose progress is not in line with their peers.

•  To continue to promote awareness of Pupil Premium children among staff and families.

•  To improve the attendance and engagement of our Pupil Premium children.

•  To further the aspirations of all of our children.

•  To provide enriching and exciting opportunities for all of our children, both inside and outside the classroom.

A summary of the main barriers to the educational achievements faced by our Pupil Premium children:

1)    Attendance

2)    Language Skills

3)    Reading Comprehension Skills

4)    Depth of Understanding in Maths

5)    Writing Skills

6)    Spelling

7)    Handwriting

8)    Social Skills

9)    Nurture Support

10)   Parental Engagement

How we spend the Pupil Premium Funding to address these barriers:

1)      Attendance

The Pupil Premium funding is being used to support the employment of an Attendance Officer, who supports and works with families whose children do not have consistently high levels of attendance. At Place Farm Primary Academy, we place a high level of emphasis on supporting families to improve attendance at school, as we look to maintain our attendance figures in line with national averages for all of our children. The Pupil Premium is also used to fund our Rainbow Class Instructor, who plays a key role in supporting children who have needs arising from low school attendance. The Pupil Premium funding has also been used to fund places at breakfast and after school clubs for Pupil Premium children, as well as breakfast sports clubs, to help boost targeted attendance. The Pupil Premium funding has also been used to develop sports clubs and sporting provision. This has had a positive effect on Pupil Premium children, as it has helped them improve their self-esteem and their leadership skills.

2)            Language Skills

The Pupil Premium is being used to support teaching staff as they try to help develop the language skills of many of our disadvantaged children. The school now embraces Big Write, Talk 4 Writing and Maths Mastery, which all have an emphasis on the development of speech, through speaking in full sentences, reciting stories verbally and providing talk homework for children to discuss at home. The funding has been used to provide teachers and support staff with the necessary training to up-skill themselves, so that they can provide effective teaching that promotes the children’s language skills. As well as this, the Pupil Premium allocation has been put towards funding additional Learning Assistants and Instructors to support with specific interventions that develop language skills including: Wave 3, Gym trail, Life Skills and Social Skills, as well as the Rainbow Class provision. The Rainbow Class is a nurture class, based on nurture principles, and provides support for predominantly Pupil Premium children.  The school also has its status as a Communication Friendly School, which supports the children’s language development. Pupil Premium funding is used to support and train new staff as well as provide ‘refresher’ sessions for existing members of staff.

3)            Reading comprehension

The Pupil Premium is being used to support teaching staff, as they help develop the reading and comprehension skills of many of our Pupil Premium children. The school makes use of Learning Assistants and Instructors to support a wide ranging set of interventions that support reading comprehension, as well as supporting teachers with daily reader interventions and guided reading groups. The Pupil Premium is used to fund the use of Learning Assistants and Instructors that support with a number of reading-based interventions including: Bare Necessities, Beat Dyslexia, Acceler-read and the Launch into Reading Success programmes. The Pupil Premium funding has also been used to support the purchase of prizes, for the school’s new reading raffle scheme, which will provide children and parents with extra support and motivation to read regularly at home.

4)            Depth of understanding in Maths

The Pupil Premium is being used to support the development of depth in mathematical understanding among our Pupil Premium children. The pupil premium funding has helped train and support teachers and Learning Assistants in Maths Mastery. The Maths Mastery approach promotes a greater depth in the understanding of key principles in Mathematics, which allows the children to develop their reasoning skills. The Pupil Premium funding allows every class to have a Learning Assistant during Maths Mastery lessons, to support all Pupil Premium children to develop a greater depth of understanding. The Pupil Premium funding also helps fund the use of Learning Assistants and Instructors to support with mathematical-based interventions including Plus One, Power of 2, Number Shark and the use of PIXL interventions in Year 6. The Rainbow Class, which is Place Farm’s nurture class, also provides intensive support to a number of children who need support with their mathematical development. The Rainbow Class consists of 70% Pupil Premium children.

5)            Writing development

The Pupil Premium is being used to support the development of writing among our Pupil Premium children. Place Farm Primary Academy now makes use of both Big Write and Talk 4 Writing to boost the writing development of all of our children. Big Write is now well established at Place Farm Primary Academy, whilst Talk 4 Writing has been introduced across the school at the start of this academic year. The Pupil Premium funding has been used to support the up-skilling and development of all staff in relation to writing development. The Pupil Premium allocation has also allowed us to have Learning Assistants in every classroom during English time, as well as support from an Instructor to support our nurture group. The Rainbow Class provides extensive support to a number of children who need support with their writing development. The Rainbow Class consists of 70% Pupil Premium children. The Pupil Premium is also used to provide classroom support from Learning Assistants through the implementation of writing interventions, including the ‘Apples and Pears’ intervention.

6)            Spellings

The Pupil Premium is being used to support a number of additional spelling interventions with designated adults.  The Pupil Premium funding is used to provide Learning Assistants and an Instructor, who support children in their classrooms, alongside the class teacher. This support is offered through a number of different interventions including: Stairway to Spelling, Acceler-Read and Acceler-Write. This is used in conjunction with the whole school handwriting scheme, PenPals and Nelson Spelling. In Key Stage 1, spelling is supported through daily Phonics sessions. The Pupil Premium funding support Phonics teaching, through the provision of Learning Assistants to work with targeted children on their Phonetic development.

7)            Handwriting

The Pupil Premium is being used to support a number of additional Handwriting interventions with adult support.  The Pupil Premium funding is used to provide Learning Assistants and an Instructor, who support the children in their classrooms, alongside their class teacher. This support is offered through a number of different interventions including: Speed Up and Write from the Start. This is used in conjunction with the whole school handwriting scheme, PenPals.

8)            Social Skills

The Pupil Premium is being used to support a number of additional social skills interventions with designated adults from our dedicated Rainbow Team. The funding is used to support our Behaviour Support Team, who carry out interventions with a number of different Pupil Premium children, who need support with making and maintaining friendships. The team work with children, particularly at breaks and lunchtimes, to support them socially. As well as this, the Pupil Premium is used to support vulnerable children through providing trained Learning Assistants at break and lunchtimes, who model and lead playtime games with a range of different children. The funding is also used to support the nurture class’s Instructor, who runs a number of different social skills interventions in the afternoons, in particular: gym trail, social skills and life skills.

9)            Nurture Support

A proportion of our Pupil Premium funding is used to support the Rainbow Class provision, which is a nurture class, with an Instructor as well as a full time Learning Assistant. The class provides a safe and calm environment for children who need extra support in their classrooms. The Rainbow Class is made up of 70% Pupil Premium children, all who have additional needs. The class provides support with Reading, Writing and Maths, as well as a rich and stimulating afternoon curriculum. As well as this, the Rainbow Class provides a number of interventions in the afternoon for children from other classes who need additional support.

10)         Parental Engagement

A proportion of our Pupil Premium funding will be used to boost parental engagement. The funding will be used to continue to promote the children’s support levels outside of school. The Pupil Premium will be used to help fund a parental survey, to aid the school’s understanding of how parents believe they can be supported to help their children’s education at home. The Pupil Premium funding will also be used to contribute towards a number of different workshops that we plan to run both for the parents and the children, as well as developing the school website to improve parental access. This will allow the school to continue to develop its relationship with the local community, whilst benefitting the education of all our children.

How we will measure the impact of the Pupil Premium:

•             National testing (Phonics Screening, End of Key Stage results)

-              Attainment (percentage of Pupil Premium/ Non Pupil Premium children who achieved expected)

-              Progress (percentage of Pupil Premium/ Non Pupil Premium children who made expected progress)

•             Teacher assessments

-              Attainment (percentage of Pupil Premium/ Non Pupil Premium children who achieved expected at the end of each academic year)

•             Testing (End of term progress testing)

-              Attainment (percentage of Pupil Premium/ Non Pupil Premium children who achieved expected)

-              Progress (percentage of Pupil Premium/ Non Pupil Premium children who made expected progress)

Date of the Next Review of Pupil Premium Spending:

March 2017

Pupil Premium Data Publication 2015-16 Academic Year

Overview of the school

In 2015-16 the Pupil Premium allocation was £148,230.

£49,871.33 of this was spent on teaching staff and £95,486.70 was spent on support staff across the school. This was used to provide additional support and interventions across every class in the school. This included the Rainbow Class, which supports our nurture group. The remaining balance is allocated to pupil support with funding towards clubs, uniforms, trips and visits etc. at the discretion of the Headteacher.

In the year 2015-16 we had children 107 entitled to the Pupil Premium. The Leadership Team monitor closely the progress made by all children, including those allocated Pupil Premium funding.  All teaching and support staff are aware of the specific children in each class, and interventions are put in place for each child, as required.

In the Year 1 Phonics Screening Checks 66.7% of our Pupil Premium children passed the screening test. In Year 1, our Pupil Premium children made better progress in their Maths in comparison to our non-Pupil Premium children. In Year 2, Pupil Premium children made better progress than their peers in Reading and Writing, whilst their Maths progress gap was minimal in comparison to their peers. In Year 3, our Pupil Premium progress gap was either the same or minimal in both Reading and Writing. Within Year 4, our Pupil Premium children made better progress in their Reading and their Maths in comparison to their peers. Finally, in Year 5 the progress gap between our Pupil Premium children and their peers was minimal in both the Reading and the Writing end of year results.

Pupil progress meetings take place termly, and children entitled to the Pupil Premium are discussed individually and their academic progress is monitored.  Where they are falling behind their peers, teachers are required to put additional support in place.  The impact of these interventions is monitored by the Pupil Premium Champion, the SENCO (where appropriate) and, ultimately, the Headteacher.

 

 

 

 

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are in local authority care (LAC), children of service personnel, or children who have been eligible for free school meals now or at any time in the past six years. At Place Farm Primary Academy we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities and intervention are personalised and Pupil Premium funding is directed to ensuring that all learners have the provision that is appropriate to them. Our intention is to provide the best education we can for each individual student.

Place Farm Primary Academy were allocated £135,793 Pupil Premium Funding for the 2013-14 academic year. We spent this allocation in several key areas.

Rainbow Room - £50,000

  • Funding for additional staff and resources to support pupils in our Rainbow Room provision.

Interventions - £74,000

  • Dedicated staffi¬ng in our intervention team to support pupils learning throughout the academy.
  • Additional teaching support in Year 6 to focus on small group teaching.
  • 1:1 Targeted Tuition. 
  • Catch-up Phonics sessions for pupils from across the academy.

Family Support - £11,793

  • Additional staffing to focus on work with families and community to improve academy-home relations and increase engagement.
  • Funding for targeted pupils to benefit from enrichment activities and improve engagement.

The impact of this funding can be felt across our academy. Specifically our eligible KS1 students have marked improvement in narrow the difference in achievement when compared with the whole school cohort. Between 2013 and 2014 the percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving the benchmark in Reading and Writing increased by over 12%, with a 3% increase in those achieving maths. The average point score for these pupils increased by 1.4 points over last year and the gap in attainment halved from 2.6 points behind to 1.2 points behind.

In KS2 our disadvantaged pupils improved their performance compared to national figures, despite an overall increase in achievement and an increase in the size of our disadvantaged cohort. They saw a comparative improvement of 0.4 points when compared to the national cohort of student not disadvantaged.