Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is paid to schools at the rate of 1320 per child for children currently entitled to free school meals (of if they have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years) as well as for looked after children and pupils who have parents in the armed forces.  It is paid directly to schools with the purpose of diminshing differences between disadvantage children and their peers.  The government allows schools to decide for themselves how best to spend this money, based on the needs of the children in their school.

How do we spend Pupil Premium Funding?

At Wellesley Primary School, we work to ensure that all of our children have equal access to the very best education, in order that they reach their full potential - both academically and socially - something that is reflected in our school vision and values.  Our main goal is diminshing the differences between the attainment of our disavantaged pupils and their peers.  At Wellesley, we pride ourselves on knowing our children well; teachers use their knowledge of the children in the class in order to inform decisions about the Pupil Premium Funding is spent.  We have a relatively small number of children entitled to Pupil Premium Funding, and each pupil is unique in their needs, therefore the best way to ensure their progress is to personalise the provision that is in place for them.  Staff devise personalised programmes of support aimed at ensuring that the children in their class can overcome barriers to their learning, and have equal access to the education we provide.  We take account of evidence based research when determining our interventions and strategy.

What barriers are there to children's learning?

The children at Wellesley experience a diverse range of barriers to their learning, and we aim to address these through the use of Pupil Premium funding.

Through careful analysis of the needs of the children, we have identified four key areas that we will be addressing through the Pupil Premium funding.  These four areas are:

1) Diminish differences in attainment and progress between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children.
2) Raise the standard of quality first teaching for all children, including disavantaged children.
3) Develop wider opportunities of disavantaged children, in order to increase experience and raise aspirations.
4) Further develop links between home and school.

Residential School trip TA support Tuition
Please note these photos show the type of activities that we have used for pupil premium but not necessarily depict the children entitled to receive it)
2016-17

Objective Key Area Amount spent and on what.... Impact
To improve results of our Pupil Premium children in the Year 1 phonics check.
To improve the spelling of our Pupil Premium children.
1 & 2 836 - Further training for new staff and resources for the scheme. Data shows that this had a positive impact so we will continue to invest in Read, Write Inc.  The % of disadvantage children reaching the expected standard in the Phonics Screening test improved from 25% in 2015 to 67% in 2016
To ensure that our Pupil Premium children get the very best start to their school life by being sure that they have good speech and language skills.   250 on purchasing an Infant Language Programme which assesses children at the beginning of their Reception year and suggests activities and interventions to ensure their speech and language development is at least in line with expectations. Analysis of results enables interventions to be put in place.  Children will be in line with their peers.
To ensure our Pupil Premium children are reading regularly.   6,051 on establishing two Reading Champions - one for Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2.  These champions have been given very specific individualised targets to work on with the children whilst hearing them read three times per week. Will be seen at the end of 2016-17.  Focus was changed part way through the academic year as the intervention was not impacting the children in their assessments.
To give children specific support in differerent areas of the curriculum (such as grammar and punctuation or mental maths) as well as in their personal, social and emotional development.   4,800 on Teaching Assistant support.  For example pre-tutoring, interventions to address, specific needs such as spelling, friendship groups and one-to-one 'talking time'. Will be seen at the end of 2016-17
To ensure that teachers have time to give pupils 1:1 feedback about their work and about the next steps they need to take.   4,900 on providing a supply teacher to release class teacher to work with the children. Will be seen at the end of 2016-17.
To ensure pupils are ready to learn at the beginning of school day both emotionally and physically.   400 to support children attending our Breakfast Club. Staff report pupils are more settled as a result of attending Breakfast Club and much more receptive to learning so funding to continue for this initiative.
To support parents with issues concerning their children such as behaviour management or, in accessing support in the community such as housing.   1,750 to fund a Parent Support Advisor who works with parents to address identified concerns. Parents found working with our PSA very helpful and a positive experience last year so we are continuing with this initiative.
Targeted support for vulnerable families   1,160 - Paying for school meals to ensure children are fed, providing vouchers to pay for uniform and shoes. Ensuring children are able to learn by being equiped for the school day.
To ensure that children have access to extended schools and enrichment opportunities.   230 on helping parents to cover the cost of school trips. All children will have access to extended schools and enrichment.
Appointed a teacher to take on the role of Pupil Premium Champion   4,800 - Time provided for the teacher to co-ordinate the school's approach to raising the achievement of disadvantaged children.  To carefully track the progress of these children. Be able to carefully monitor evidence of whether strategies in place are working or not. Pupil Premium Champion will be able to work with the children to assess if the strategies are being effective.
To help vulnerable children cope with the pressures of growing up and home life.   2,850 - 1:1 counselling sessions for targeted children to talk through issues. This had a hugely positive impact on the children the counselling was offered to last year  allowing them the time to talk and work through any problems they may be having. We plan to continue this initiative
Total amount of funding received 2016-17- 27,720  
Total  amount spent 2016-17 - 28,027  
As shown in the table above, support can be provided in a range of ways, including, but not limited to 1:1 feedback time with the class teacher, additional support for English and Maths, social and emotional support, funding places at Breakfast Club, funding school trips and school uniform and the  employment of a Parant Support Advisor.  Progress is reviewed regularly by class teachers and the Senior Leaderhip Team and srategies are changed in proven to have minimal impact.

We ensure that disadvantage children at our school are given a high profile and all staff are accountable for the progress they make.  Class teacher meet with members of the Senior Leadership Team each term to discuss the progress of the disavantaged children in their class and to examine the best way forwards for them.

Strategy written July 2017.  Review early July 2018.
2015-16

Objective Amount spent and on what.... Impact
To improve results of our Pupil Premium children in the Year 1 phonics check.
To improve the spelling of our Pupil Premium children.
5600 on purchasing a new phonics scheme - Read Write Inc. + 1,100 on training for all staff. Results for 2015-16.  77% passed the Y1 phonics check compared to 57% the previous year.  67% of Pupil Premium children passed the test compared to 0% the previous year.
To ensure that our Pupil Premium children get the very best start to their school life by being sure that they have good speech and language skills. 500 on purchasing an Infant Language Programme which assesses children at the beginning of their Reception year and suggests activities and interventions to ensure their speech and language development is at least in line with expectations. Analysis of results enabled interventions to be put in place.  Children are in line with their peers.
To ensure our Pupil Premium children are reading regularly. 5,991 on establishing two Reading Champions - one for Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2.  These champions have been given very specific individualised targets to work on with the children whilst hearing them read three times per week. At the end of the year staff reported a very positive impact with children making good progress against their targets.
To give children specific support in differerent areas of the curriculum (such as grammar and punctuation or mental maths) as well as in their personal, social and emotional development. 4,748 on Teaching Assistant support.  For example pre-tutoring, interventions to address, specific needs such as spelling, friendship groups and one-to-one 'talking time'. Careful tracking has shown that all children targeted made progress and some made accelerated progress.
To ensure that our younger pupil premium children have a good concept of number. 1,422 on the maths resource 'Numicon' - A multi-sensory approach to teaching maths. Children are using the resource to assist them with their maths. Easier for the children to see number relationships not provided by written numerals.
To ensure that teachers have time to give pupils 1:1 feedback about their work and about the next steps they need to take. 4,900 on providing a supply teacher to release class teacher to work with the children. Feedback has had a big impact especially on writing where results were in line with National and Local Authority.
To ensure pupils are ready to learn at the beginning of school day both emotionally and physically. 400 to support children attending our Breakfast Club. Staff report pupils more settled as a result of attending Breakfast Club and much more receptive to learning.
To support parents with issues concerning their children such as behaviour management or, in accessing support in the community such as housing. 1,700 to fund a Parent Support Advisor who works with parents to address identified concerns. Parents have all found working with our PSA very helpful and a positive experience.
To ensure that children have access to extended schools and enrichment opportunities. 230 on helping parents to cover the cost of school trips. All our Pupil Premium children went on all trips, whether day or residential.
Total amount of funding received 2015-16 - 26,400
Total amount spent 2015-16 - 26,591