The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals in mainstream settings, children of Service Families and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support their pupils from low-income families.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure. We believe there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution so it’s essential that we accurately identify the individual barriers to learning for each child so we can plan personalised, targeted support and challenges to help every child to flourish.
North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery prioritise the use of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) to support:
- Free School Meal pupils who are under-achieving
- Free School Meal pupils who are in danger of underachieving
- Children who are or who have been 'Looked After'
- Pupils from Service Families
Date of the most recent PPG Review: August 2016 Date for next PPG Review: August 2017
Main barriers to educational achievement
Oral language skills in Nursery and Reception and also in all other year groups
Many of our PP children have poor oral language skills which can affect their progress in all areas of the curriculum
Lack of regular reading opportunities out of school
Many of our PP families do not have the inclination or the skills to read regularly with the children which affects the development of their reading skills
Lack of regular maths learning opportunities out of school
Many of our PP families do not have the inclination or the skills to access or practise number/maths activities regularly with the children which affects the development of their maths skills
Although attendance for PP children has improved we need to maintain the improvement as poor attendance reduces the children’s access to teaching and learning
Lack of exposure to new experiences and low aspirations
Many of our children do not get the chance to access experiences outside home or school which develop their learning and their social skills. External visits and visitors to the school; extra-curricular activities are key to developing those opportunities
Following an extensive review of expenditure, this year we used the Pupil Premium to fund wholly or partly the following activities:
- Leadership Team overview and tracking of expenditure on both academic support and pastoral care
- Non teaching Inclusion Leader and TA Inclusion team
- Behaviour interventions including those from our bought-in support services
- Learning interventions with additional staff – as the result of close individual pupil tracking –in small groups and through 1:1 work, especially in literacy,communication skills and maths
- Specialist teaching (additional teaching assistants for targeted intervention work)
- Social and emotional learning groups e.g through nurture activities
- Breakfast club - free
- Free after school clubs to enable PP children to attend
- Improving parental involvement- e.g through our Link Worker and Family Learning opportunities
- Phonics resources and reading comprehension resources (Read Write Inc and Accelerated Reader resources)
- Maths resources (Maths Makes Sense, Mathletics, Times Table Rock Stars)
- Pupil Mentoring sessions each half term (Years 1-6)
- Staff training in meta-cognition (learning about learning), collaborative practices, effective teaching and learning, feedback and marking practice
Regular monitoring by senior staff ensures that the impact of spending is tracked closely so that any differences between disadvantaged pupils’ achievements and others who are not disadvantaged, will diminish over time. Monitoring and evaluations by Governors ensure all staff are focused on reducing differences in achievement between groups of pupils.
We will continue to prioritise this area in both schools and have undertaken a comprehensive review of spending and impact in order to ensure good value for money in our decision-making. There remains still more work to do in this priority area.
In both schools we have some special intervention groups (Nurture groups) to support the specific needs that our children may have, such as 1-1 work on speech and language programmes, social skills development work and learning to recognise and manage their feelings. These groups are timetabled for children to use according to the learning targets identified for them by teachers.
In addition, funding is used to target individual learning needs identified by staff and a highly-focused provision map of activities is used to determine what will make the most impact on those children requiring support, through carefully timetabled support.This provision also includes after school clubs, which are free.
The document below shows in greater detail how we are spending our PPG this academic year.
Whilst there still exist some differences between the attainment levels of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils, over time these vary. Each year group is tracked and monitored closely and any differences in comparison to non-disadvantaged pupils nationally are investigated. Actions to address variances are planned, implemented and evaluated for their impact.
How we have used our pupil premium in 2015-2016
NWIS received £85,500 and NWJS received £130,176 in 2015/16. There is a review of this expenditure below.