Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Government considers the Pupil Premium to be a key element of their education policy. Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to under -achievement.; These include pupils from low income families; children in care and the children of armed service personnel.

What are the aims of the Pupil Premium?

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children.

The link between free school meal eligibility and under-achievement is strong. The Pupil Premium seeks to tackle this inequality in educational outcomes. The Premium is intended to help schools to provide targeted support to improve the life chances of children from lower income families and young people who face additional challenges in their lives, so that they can reach their full potential.

How is the Pupil Premium used at Valence Primary School?

The Government has given schools discretion in how to best use the funding to meet the needs of their children.

Valence Primary School Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016-17

Pupil Premium Summary

Pupil Premium Summary

Pupil Premium Summary

Pupil Premium Summary

Pupil Premium Summary

Use of the Pupil Premium at Valence Primary School 2015-16

Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. The funding brings in £1320 per pupil. It is allocated to schools, based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as any child who is known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.

Levels of deprivation at Valence Primary School are considerably higher than nationally (VPS 0.33, national 0.21) and the proportion of PP pupils is  higher (VPS 31.9, national 25.2) Furthermore, a significant proportion of other children in school live in families who are just above the threshold. Even if a pupil does not have a school dinner, it is vital for the school to know if they are entitled to a free school meal.

The government compares our results against national averages, rather than against similar schools. Our results are very good and indicate at the statistical level, that the results for Disadvantaged pupils at Valence are very good and we are continually closing the gap on the national average for non-disadvantaged pupils.

Schools have to decide how to use the money, in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. The pupil premium income makes a big difference to Valence and it has the potential for a great impact on the attainment, and future life chances of pupils. This works especially where parents support their child through high attendance, good punctuality, encouraging a positive attitude and supporting homework.

Valence’s aim is that ALL pupils achieve their full potential and that the school compares well with other schools across the country.

How the money was spent

Valence Primary receives a substantial amount of money called Pupil Premium funding.

The Senior Leadership Team and Governors have to identify how we can use this money to raise the standards of disadvantaged pupils.  In order to meet the needs of these and other vulnerable pupils, the SLT has spent some of the additional funds in the following ways in the 2015-16 academic year:

Teachers

1. Additional Teachers in each year group to support targeted children’s learning
2. Special Educational Needs Coordinator taught targeted literacy sets in upper KS2
3. Deputy taught targeted sets in mathematics in upper KS2
4. Deputy taught targeted higher ability children in Year 2
5. 1:1 teaching was given after school for targeted children      

Support Staff                                                                                                                                              

6. Teaching Assistants worked on pre-teaching small groups throughout the school from 8.25 to 8.55
7. Trained TAs contracted to run interventions in the afternoons
8. Speech Therapy provision commisioned to support individuals, mainly in the Nursery and Reception
9. Additional HLTA support for targeted group work in Nursery                                                                                                                                               

Additional Provision

10. After-school clubs 5 days per week for ICT for pupils without home access
11. Breakfast Club for the most vulnerable
12. Subsidised educational visits and residential visits
13. Provision of after-school clubs for sport and GEMS afterschool club

The Impact

Foundation Stage:

When our children have their first statutory assessment, there is clear evidence of low levels of development for many of our ‘Disadvantaged’ children. In 2016 90% of the 24 ‘Disadvantaged’ children achieved a Good Level of Development. This means that the gaps in learning are closing at the start of our children’s time at school.

Year 1 Phonics.

  • The impact of our efforts to improve core literacy skills can be seen in the results in the Year 1 phonics test. In 2016, 83% of our ‘Disadvantaged’ children achieved the expected standard; higher than all children nationally which is 81%. However, our ambition must be for our ‘disadvantaged’ children to achieve at the same level as non-disadvantaged children which is 96% for Valence Primary and 83% nationally.

 Key Stage 1 results:

  • Overall results at KS1 are high and above national at our school, reflecting the excellent teaching at Valence Primary. This is a real achievement with a cohort of 170 pupils and the first year of the new higher national standards.  In 2016, 85.7% of our ‘disadvantaged’ children achieved national expectations in reading and non-disadvantaged was 85.1%. The national percentage was 74%.  In writing 71.4% of disadvantaged children achieved the expected standard as opposed to 80.2% of non-disadvantaged. The national percentage was 65%. In maths 87.8% of disadvantaged children reached the expected standard as opposed to 86.8% of non-disadvantaged pupils. The national was 72.6%.

Key Stage 2 results

  • In 2016 28% of the Year 6 cohort of 151 children were ‘Disadvantaged’. 
  • See table above for the excellent outcomes in both progress and attainment for our disadvantaged pupils

Additional Provision

Breakfast clubs and after school clubs established on both sites. Disadvantaged children have priority and free places.

  • 12 of the 24 year six pupils accessed residential trips at reduced costs
  • All pupil premium children received priority when allocating places for extra- curricular activities.
  • After-school homework clubs were offered every day and the pupils had access to ICT.

You can download a PDF of the Valence Primary School Pupil Premium Report 2015-16 and the current Valence Primary School Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016-17 below.

How will the impact of Pupil Premium be evaluated at Valence Primary School?

During the academic year, we will continue to monitor the progress of the pupils who will be eligible for Pupil Premium through analysis of their teacher assessments each term. This will inform decisions about interventions and future provision. 

In addition, information from lesson observations, children’s books and pupil and parent feedback will form key parts of the evaluation process.

How can parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium Scheme?

If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximise the support we can provide. The introduction of FSM for all pupils in KS1 will have a very negative affect on school funding if parents who would be eligible do not apply. This means we will not be able to continue to provide the extra support we currently offer.

Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, if you are entitled to receive any of the following:

  • Income Support 
  • Income -based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit 
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are entitled to working tax credit and have an annual income (as accessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run –on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 
  • Incapacity Benefit 
  • Please contact the school office who can supply you with a form and assist you with the process. 

Hard copies of the information published on our website is available free of charge. Please contact the office for further information.