What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a grant which is given to every school by the Government. It is an additional sum to the main school funding and it is to help address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals or children in care and others. The amount granted to each school is based on the number of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the last six years. Each school makes its own decisions on how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. Schools must publish online information on how they have used the spending.
How we use Pupil Premium Grant to support students at Northwold Primary School
2012 – 2013 217 students @ £623 = £135,191
2013 – 2014 218 students @ £953 = £207,754
2014 – 2015 218 students @ £1,300 = £283,400
2015 – 2016 233 students @ £1,300 = £306,900
2016 – 2017 220 students @ £1,320 = £291,720
At Northwold we are focussing spending the Pupil Premium is to ensure that every child at Northwold is an independent, active and confident learner. We work hard to ensure good progress, successful outcomes and achievement for all.
Which students are prioritised?
- Free school meal (FSM) students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving
- FSM students and other vulnerable students who are in danger of underachieving
- Other underachieving students
We use the Pupil Premium to fund three main activity types:
Pupils benefit from the following which were funded or part funded through the Pupil Premium Grant.
- Additional teachers in Years 5 and 6 so that we can run flexible programmes based on the needs of the pupils.
- Consultant Educational Psychologist provision twice every month: this enables us to support students with high level learning needs much quicker and has resulted in an increase in the number of students we are able to support
- Art therapist who works 1:1 with pupils
- Yoga and mindfulness tutor who works with small groups of pupils
- Learning Mentor
- School based speech and language therapist who works 1:1, with small groups and trains LSAs to provide additional support for our pupils
- Investment in high quality training and Performance Management systems for all staff so that we have a shared understanding and responsibility for the teaching and learning of all pupils
- Rigorous pupil progress meetings which involves discussion about performance of pupil students within individual classes with a clear referral and monitoring systems to evaluate effectiveness of interventions and progress of students. Targets are set for each child and teachers are held to account for the progress of each pupil in their class.
- 3 x weekly parent coffee mornings to share curriculum information and develop closer working partnerships with parents.
- High investment in the ICT infrastructure across the school
- Place pupil premium spending within the School Improvement Plan
- Fulltime nursery provision for all our pupils. We passionately believe that building on strong foundations through the provision of an excellent model of Early Years teaching is the best way to support high achievement rather than intervention in later years
- Saturday and Easter holiday school
- Smaller Maths and English classes in the upper school. Use of additional staffing to teach reading on a 1:1 basis for our most vulnerable pupils in KS1
- Use of additional staffing to support daily small group reading in reception, Year 1 and Year 5.
- Purchase of ipads for a reading programme for pupils in Years 2 and 3
- Use of additional staff to teach English to families new to the UK, main of whom are refugees
- Purchase of homework books and online learning so that parents can support their children at home and support the work of the school. We give these books and login details to all students at a much reduced cost regardless of whether they are FSM but if it weren’t for the additional funding many pupils would not be able to complete their homework at home.
- Ensuring that staff are aware of the pupil premium students through highlighting them on mark sheets and focus on accelerating their progress
- Analysis of termly data to track the progress of pupil premium students and set bespoke programmes based on individual needs
- Comparison of performance of Pupil Premium students with national data rather than local and also raised expectations to reach national expectations of ‘all pupils’ rather than just ‘pupil premium’ group
- Additional staffing within Early Years for significantly increased needs and eligibility of children
- Development of an excellent pupil centric creative curriculum which celebrates the rich diversity of our school community and to ensure engagement in learning by all pupils
- Subsidised visits to enhance our curriculum offer for all pupils
- Subsidised residential trips for all pupils in Year 5 and Year 6
- Subsidised partnerships with all high quality programmes to enhance the curriculum and learning experiences of our pupils – including companies like Enabling Enterprise and PopUp Book Project
- Personalised work related curriculum for some students
- An enrichment subsidised after school programme
- Free small group music instrument tuition for all pupils from Y2 – 6 to enable them to reach Grade 7 at time of university application
How the Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant Funding Is Measured
- All pupils are tracked on a termly basis for progress using a range of criteria to assess this
- School data analysed and published in Raiseonline by the DFE
- School data booklet from Hackney Learning Trust