Pupil Premium Funding
From April 2011 the government allocated a specific funding to every school for each pupil who was entitled to a free school meal (FSM) or was a 'Looked after Child' (LAC) as in January 2011.
From April 2013 the pupil premium was based on 'Ever 6' FSM and for pupils that were adopted from care. The amount distributed per pupil for 2016-17 was £1320 for primary, £935 secondary, £1900 adopted from care children, and £300 service children.
For the academic year 14/15 SAE received £45,258 to support the 30 pupils who qualified.
For the academic year 15/16 SAE received £64,175 to support the 56 children that qualified.
For the academic year 16/17 SAE received £83,149 to support the 72 pupils who qualified.
The purpose of Pupil Premium Funding is to narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students entitled to the PPF, and to raise the self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to PPF through curricular, pastoral and extra-curricular support.
SAE recognises that not all pupils who qualify for PPF are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify or are registered for FSM. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils, but support every effort to reduce the gap in attainment between those who receive PPF and those who don't.
Children in receipt of PPF are not isolated socially, academically or in any other way and therefore work with and alongside their peers not in receipt of PPF.
Evaluation of 2016-17 Pupil Premium Funding
The areas of support the pupil premium provided for 2016-17 are indicated below with a cost of £83,038.
- Teaching Assistants were used for daily, one-to-one support in classes 1, 2,3,4,6,7,8,9 (Year's 2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10) to uplift those pupils where an early identification of need was established. (£40683)
- Teaching assistants were used in kindergarten, their brief specifically to support issues around transition, personal hygiene and sense of security and well-being. (£16210)
- Movement,music, art and drama. (£9619)
- Additional resources for the classroom were purchased. (£2483)
- Specialist help for Behaviour, Social and Emotional needs were allocated using an increased proportion of the Behaviour and Learning Support Co-ordinator's time for PPF pupils. (£7126)
- Enhanced / improved social skills through trips, activities, extracurricular activities and support. (£5494)
- Support was purchased from external agencies to help children and families with wider issues. (£1423)
Plans for the Pupil Premium Funding 2017-18
SAE will continue with the support described above for 2017-18 that reflects the core aims. The school is increasing the level of targeted support to a number of PPF pupils, specifically via art and drama therapy, Moving for Learning, instrumental music lessons, additional eurythmy and animal husbandry.
Measuring the impact of PPF spending
The impact of PPF input is scrutinized in termly Pupil Assessment Meetings and halftermly 'Disadvantaged Pupil' updates. The school is extending its use of Student Voice conversations to get a clearer picture of how effectively the support is being used.
Measuring the impact of improved self-esteem
The school will continue to use student questionnaires to quantify self-esteem, incorporating this data into termly Pupil Assessment Meetings.