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Pupil Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

The Governing Body review Pupil Premium funding and outcomes at least yearly and often more regularly. The progress of Pupil Premium pupils is highlighted in data reviews through the year.

All Pupil Premium pupils have an IEP, which dictates how money is spent and also other support they receive. 

Pupil Premium Report 

 

What is Pupil Premium?

 

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets additional funding at pupils considered to be from deprived backgrounds because research has shown that such pupils underachieve compared to others. The money is provided to ensure that schools are able to support these pupils in achieving their full potential. The government have used pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator of deprivation and they allocate a fixed amount of money per pupil to schools each financial year based upon the number of pupils who have been registered for FSM at any point during the previous six years.

An amount of money is also allocated to pupils who are looked after by the Local Authority (LAC) and pupils who have a parent/parents who are serving in the armed forces. The government does not dictate how this money should be spent but we are expected to employ strategies that we are confident will breakdown any barriers in attainment between those pupils who are considered to be deprived and those who are not. We are accountable for this allocation of resources and must demonstrate that pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium achieve well compared to other pupils.

 

How many pupils benefit from Pupil Premium?

 

  2019-20    24 pupils 
  2018-19   26 pupils 

2017-18

21 pupils

2016-17

17 pupils ( increased to 27)

2015-16

17 pupils

 

 

How much Pupil Premium Funding does the school receive?

 

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to the school varies each year due to the varying numbers of pupils eligible for the funding.

 2019-20  

2018-19

£34,640

2017-18

£29,317

2016-17

£22,736

2015-16

£20, 168

 

What is the school doing to break down the barriers caused by deprivation?

 

Thornhill Primary School receives a significant amount of Pupil Premium funding and expenditure is carefully planned each academic year to ensure the maximum impact on the pupils who are in receipt of this.

Each pupil has a specific IEP which is monitored termly and can be adjusted according to need. Pupils with additional needs, according to our disadvantaged pupil matrix, will be given focused support and often receive tailor made programmes.

Our key belief is that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most from:

 

  • High quality teaching – we ensure this through regular observation, monitoring and a programme of CPD. We work closely with our cluster school partners to up-skill our staff and keep them well-informed and inspired

  • Small class sizes - our classes are small and we maximise support staff to ensure all pupils get small group attention and can maximise in-class learning

  • Enrichment - we provide many opportunities through the year for pupils to learn outside the classroom and also maximise opportunities presented by visitors and by having theme days

  • Nurturing and support - We work hard to support all of our families and provide a safe environment for children to learn in. We have small nurture groups which run through the week, we provide specified talk time to those who need it. When required, we provide breakfast, PE Kit and spare uniform to ensure pupils can embrace school life fully

  • Carefully planned and timely interventions - These are often English and Maths based, for example, additional phonics or targeted reading. Some pupils have also received support to develop confidence, physical motor skills and for behaviour and engagement

 

Teaching staff are always clear who is in receipt of Pupil Premium, what the gaps in their learning are and what the potential barriers to this learning may be. Progress for Pupil Premium pupils is tracked and analysed by the leadership team. Mrs Murray is the Senior member of staff responsible for this.

 

2019-20

Pupil Premium allowance-£

Early Years apprentice -£4000

STA support hours for interventions- £16,000

In-class support to ensure smaller class sizes – £15,000

Training/ CPD- £ as required

 

2018-19

Pupil Premium allowance-£35,640

Early Years apprentice -£4000

KS2 apprentice- £4000

STA support hours for interventions- £16,000

In-class support to ensure smaller class sizes – £15,000

Training/ CPD- £ as required

 

 

Are barriers to learning being broken in school?

 

In 2019

KS2 -8 Pupils - 6 PP, 3 SEND Non Pupil Premium (2) Pupil Premium (6)
KS2 Expected Reading 100%  16% (16% GD)
KS2 Expected Writing 100%(50% GD) 50% (16%GD)
KS2 Expected Maths  100%(50% GD) 66% (16% GD)
KS2 Expected SPAG 100% (50% GD) 50% (33% GD)

 

KS1- 9 pupils - 4PP, 5 SEND Non Pupil Premium (5) Pupil Premium (4)
KS1 Expected Reading 60% 25%
KS1 Expected Writing 60% 25%
KS1 Expected Maths  60% 50%

 

In 2018

8 Pupils, 3PP, 1 SEN

Non Pupil Premium (5)

Pupil Premium (3)

KS2 Expected Reading

80%

66%

KS2 Expected Writing

80%

66%

KS2 Expected Maths

60%

66%

KS2 Expected SPAG

60%

66%

 

 

8 Pupils, 2 SEN

Non Pupil Premium(3)

Pupil Premium (5)

KS1 Expected Reading

66%

60%

KS1 Expected Writing

67%

60%

KS1 Expected Maths

100%

60%

 

 

 

10 pupils, 4 SEN

Non Pupil Premium(5)

Pupil Premium(5)

Comment

Phonics pass

80%

40%

SEN pupils over-represented in PP

 

 

Other Disadvantaged Pupils

At Thornhill Primary we are aware that pupils might be disadvantaged using variety of measures and that access to Pupil Premium funding is not the only measure to explain why there might be barriers to learning.

All pupils are categorised using a disadvantage matrix so that teachers are aware of possible barriers to learning and address possible issues wherever possible.

 

We currently have no pupils classed as EAL in school. However we have several pupils who have parents with limited English skills. We support these families in a variety of ways. Often explaining letters and helping them to navigate online tasks linked to their child.

Alongside these pupils we also have a vulnerable pupils list, which contains the names of pupils for which we have several concerns, these might be linked to safeguarding, SEN and family break up. However they do also include pupils, where we have concerns which don’t meet the neglect or safeguarding thresholds, but we are still aware that there are challenges at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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