Pupil Premium

 

Overview 

The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their vary best – this funding is called Pupil Premium.  It is based on the number of pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the last six years. 

This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure all pupils reach their full potential both academically and socially.  Further details about how this money is spent are outlined in the Pupil Premium Strategy document below. 

 

School Allocation 

For the financial year 2018-19, Sutton Primary Schools' allocation was £77,000. 

For the financial year 2019-20, Sutton Primary Schools' allocation is £60,820 

 

The document below details how we intend to spend the Pupil Premium money this academic year and details about the impact of our previous spending are below. 

 

Impact Statement 

We invested in Pupil Premium Champion and Lead last year, as well as additional hours for them to get this important work off the ground.  The worked hard to change the way the school provides support for disadvantaged learners in a number of ways. 

 

When Ofsted inspected the school in March 2019, they reported that:  

  • Teaching and learning for disadvantaged pupils have strengthened. There have been measurable improvements in their attendance and attainment. 

  • Developments such as extra support in the nurture room for pupils with social and emotional needs and specific training for teaching assistants are improving provision for pupils... 

  • Since the last inspection, there has been a stronger focus on the needs of disadvantaged pupils.  

  • The school has appointed a dedicated lead for this group of pupils and a ‘champion’ to act as their advocate. This team has ensured that pupil premium funding is used more effectively to provide support and ensure equality of opportunity for disadvantaged pupils.  

 

 

Our plan last year had the following aims:  

  • Disadvantaged learners make better progress in Reading, Writing and Maths with a particular focus on Middle and High Prior Attaining pupils, as well as those with SEND; 

  • Increase the numbers of disadvantaged pupils achieving the Expected Standards, closing gaps with their Non-Disadvantaged peers. 

  • Improve attendance for PP pupils, reducing numbers of Persistent Absentees; 

  • Meeting the Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs of vulnerable learners;  

  • Increase the number of disadvantaged pupils accessing a wider range of curriculum enrichment opportunities. 

 

Our targeted work and expenditure had the following effect on eligible and other pupils. 

 

Pupil Achievement:  

Due to the small numbers of pupils (less than 12) in receipt of the Pupil Premium in each year group, we are unable to report on the results of Pupil Premium vs non Pupil Premium pupils as this risks identification of individual pupils.  Details about our overall attainment are therefore available on the results page of our website. 

 

Discussion with teachers in Pupil Progress Meetings showed that teachers were targeting PP pupils with additional support. 

 

What we can report on is that gaps are closing between PP and their Non-PP peers:  

 

 

Gap between PP & Non PP pupils achieving  

 

Reading 

Writing 

Maths 

Combined 

GPS 

2018 

-21% 

-35% 

-38% 

-43% 

-35% 

2019 

+3% 

-40% 

-18% 

-34% 

-19% 

Difference 

+24% 

-5% 

+20% 

+9% 

+16% 

 

 

Attendance: 

Average attendance of PP pupils in 2018-19 was 92.6% which is an improvement of 2%.  The gap between PP and Non-PP pupils was also reduced. 

Numbers of Persistent Absentees were also greatly reduced. 

Ofsted said: "Improved dialogue with the parents of disadvantaged pupils has resulted in attendance for this group increasing considerably. The rate of persistent non-attendance has also decreased and is now more closely aligned with national figures." 

We will be undertaking further work this year that attendance of PP pupils improves further in 2019-20 and the figures are in line with National averages. 

  

Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH): 

We invested heavily in our SEMH support strategy last year, delivering the following:  

 

  • Training for all Teachers and TAs in supporting pupils experiencing emotional challenges that resulted in challenging behaviour; 

  • Setting up Celestine, our Nurture room; 

  • Investment in a SEMH TA;  

  • Resources in classrooms to support pupils experiencing emotional difficulties. 

 
As a result:  

  • Fewer behaviour incidents were recorded for these pupils on the school system; 

  • Teaching and learning monitoring showed evidence of increasingly positive attitudes to learning from all pupils, particularly disadvantaged learners; 

 

Curriculum enrichment: 

  • We provided a number of curriculum enrichment opportunities, including a trip, targeted at disadvantaged learners; 

  • We funded music tuition for 10 pupils, providing piano and recorder lessons as well as access to examinations; 

  • We supported disadvantaged learner's access to trips, particularly the Y6 residential; 

We continue to champion these initiatives and will be offering further opportunities for disadvantaged learners to access clubs and other opportunities out of school. 

 

Summary 

Overall, we are pleased with the impact of our PP spending in 2018-19, however our work is not yet finished and we continue to build on what we started last year. 

 

Ofsted said:  

"The enhanced provision, which includes additional in-class support, nurture and booster teaching, is continuously assessed with leaders targeting improved progress for disadvantaged pupils. The school’s strategies are bearing fruit, with current assessments showing that in Year 6, all disadvantaged pupils are making better progress from their starting points." 

 

Future Plans 

Our work in 2019-20 is going to target:  

  • Improving the number of PP Pupils achieving Greater Depth particularly in Reading and Maths;  

  • Increasing the number of PP pupils that achieve the Expected Standards in all three core Subjects (combined) 

  • Raising Standards in Writing across KS2. 

  • Focusing on better rates of accelerated progress for disadvantaged learners.