From 2011 schools have been allocated Pupil Premium funding for children from low income families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) or had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Since April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Children who are 'looked after' or have 'Special Guardianship' also receive funding through Pupil Premium.
• We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
• We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
• In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free3 meals will be socially disadvantaged.
• We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
• Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time. The groups and individuals identified for support may change over the academic year.
OFSTED has recently requested that schools should publish details of the amount of money they receive, its use and impact within the school.
Pupil Premium Plan 2015 – 2016
The school will receive the following funding
This funding will be used to support the following activities. The impact of these interventions will be monitored throughout the year.
Pupil Premium Report 2014 – 15
The school received £106,250 for the academic year 2014 – 2015.
£92,950 was for Ever 6 Pupil Premium children and £13,300 was for Looked After Pupil Premium children. This money was used to plan a detailed programme of interventions.
The impact of each intervention is evidenced below.
Talking Maths / Maths Pre-Tutoring / Mega Maths
Small group maths intervention 3 times a week for 20 minutes over 1 term. During the 10 – 12 week programmes teaching assistants worked with groups of 3 or 4 children.
The employment of a trained Numbers Count teacher enabled her to work with 6 children individually over the year. The programme for each child lasts for 12 weeks over a term and enables the child to have daily 30 minute sessions with the teacher.
The Numbers Count teacher completed some extension work with some more able children in Year 2. The one Pupil Premium Child made 6 points progress over the year.
Children were identified for extra reading if they were below expected levels or of they were unable to receive extra support from home. Each child received individualised reading for 15 minutes three times a week. The reading support was delivered by teaching assistants and midday supervisors.
6 Pupil Premium children received Reading Intervention over the year. Reading Intervention is an individual programme delivered to each child 3 or 4 times a week for 35 minutes.
Small Group Up-Levelling Writing Activities
Class teachers took small groups of children during Big Write sessions to up level their work with them. The groups were reviewed termly.
Year 6 Booster Sessions
An experienced retired year 6 teacher and the Inclusion Manager worked with the year 6 class teacher to deliver small group support to the year 6 pupils over the term before the children took their SATs.
After School Clubs
For all the children attending the clubs their self-esteem improved which than had a positive impact on their attitude to learning within their classes.
Children attending the dance clubs took part in performances at the Sands Centre with 92% attendance by their parents.
Children attending the cookery club gained practical cookery skills as well as improving their knowledge about healthy eating.
Children attending the handwriting club shared improved handwriting skills and better presentation in their school work.
Employment of Qualified Counsellor
Over the year 9 children received individual counselling once a week for 45 minutes over 6 to 8 weeks. For all of the children the counselling had a positive impact related to their own individual circumstances.
Children in Years 3 – 6 are able to access this computer programme at home and school. Teachers monitored the children’s usage and progress and this showed improvements.
Victorian Residential Visit Fellside
The Pupil Premium funding ensured that all of the children in receipt of it were able to attend the 3 day residential. The residential was an important part of the Year 6 curriculum and the attendance on the residential allowed all of the children to apply their experience to their topic work.
Provided daily to all Over 6 children.
Latin to Support Spelling and Literacy
5 children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding in Years 4 and 5 were taught Latin once a week for 40 minutes over the whole year. The focus was to support the more able children to improve their spellings and learn how their English Language has developed over the years.
The children’s knowledge of where words originated from improved as did their weekly spelling scores.
Out of School Clubs
Pupil Premium funding allowed 4 children to take part in out of school sporting clubs which they would not normally attend.
******** Pupil Premium Award 2015 ********
David Laws, Schools Minister, congratulated 430 schools which have qualified
for the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards for Key Stage SATs. School results had to show impressive improvements in the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
Every school won £1000 and was therefore eligible to apply for prizes worth up to £100,000.
Brook Street School has been named as one of the winning schools. In the North West there were 67 schools identified and Brook Street School was the only one in Cumbria.
Eligibility criteria for the award included:
This is a fantastic achievement for the school and recognises that all the interventions in place to support our children are having a positive impact.