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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.

Key Priorities:

  • To narrow the in school gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers by addressing inequalities and raising attainment.
  • To exceed national expectations of progress and attainment for disadvantaged families.

Evaluation

Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however disadvantaged, being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • Close the attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • Compare favourably with national expectations
  • Have full access to our curriculum
  • Access our full range of wider opportunities including enrichment and curriculum enhancement.

Evaluation of 2014/15 situation and plan for 2015/16

The government has allocated a specific pupil premium grant to every school which began in 2011/12. The 2014/15 grant was distributed @ £1300 per Ever 6 Free School Meal (FSM) pupil and £1900 per Looked After Child (LAC). Pupils adopted from care will also attract funding to the value of £1900.

Qualifying pupils in January 2014 resulted in a grant of £196,935 for the academic year 2014/15. These funds are in addition to the main school budget.

355 pupils on roll – 25% of these pupils are currently eligible for free school meals. The Ever6 percentage stands at 42%.

Details of Pupil Premium allocation for September 2014 – August 2015
  £
Balance brought forward 0
Deprivation Allocation 196335
Looked After Children (Reallocation of funds due to relocation of LAC pupil) 600
Service Children 0
Total Expenditure 196935

Expenditure was as below:

Item Number of Ever 6 FSM
pupils involved
Cost
£
Curriculum Support: 1:1, TA Support, EMAS support, Class 12, Mentoring, Resources 148 157,846
Gifted and Talented Intervention 17 450
Support for Learning – Class 12 148 26,360
Extra-curricular activities: Breakfast Club, Music lessons, After school clubs 148 9778
Enrichment Activities 148 2501
  Total 196,936

The total number of targeted pupils was 133 which accounts for all Ever 6 FSM children and LAC. Interventions for each pupil were decided on an individual, needs led basis. This meant that pupils were able to benefit from more than one intervention at any one time.

The profile of this group was:

Year Group Female Male Total Per cent
3 20 14 34 22.4%
4 20 14 34 22.4%
5 20 23 43 28.3%
6 25 16 41 27%
  Total=85 Total=67 Total=152  

The cohort was made up of:

  No.of Pupils % of Ever 6 Cohort
SEN (K code) 22 15%
Statement/EHCP 4 3%
Gifted and Talented 10 7%

Attainment measures 2014/15 Cohort (unvalidated)

 Level 4+ Reading SATs, Writing TA, Maths SATs Reading Test Writing TA Maths Test
  Farley Luton Nat Farley Luton Nat Farley Luton Nat Farley Luton Nat
All pupils 84% 73% 80% 89% 84% 89% 95% 82% 85% 97% 82% 87%
Disadvantaged 83% n/a 70% 90% n/a 83% 93% n/a 79% 93% n/a 80%
Not Disadvantaged 86% n/a 85% 89% n/a 92% 97% n/a 90% 100% n/a 90%

Our disadvantaged children attained very well in relation to national statistics. In most cases we are significantly better. Not only this, they have are very close to the pupils in the school that are not disadvantaged.

Progress measures 2014/15 Cohort (unvalidated)

  % 2 levels progress % 3 levels progress Average Points Score
  Reading Writing Maths Reading Writing Maths Reading Writing Maths
All pupils 90% 98% 94% 33% 50% 33% 28.6 28.9 29.0
Disadvantaged 90% 97% 93% 41% 48% 41% 28.4 28.0 28.2
Not Disadvantaged 91% 100% 96% 22% 52% 26% 28.7 29.6 29.6

The progress made by our disadvantaged pupils is broadly in line with or better than those children in the school that are not disadvantaged particularly in terms of 3 levels progress. They also compare favourably with national figures.

Our attendance for last year (2014/15) for Ever 6FSM pupils was:

Year Per cent
Year 3 96.2%
Year 4 95.8%
Year 5 94.9%
Year 6 95.8%
Overall 95.7%

The national figure for all pupils in 2013/14 was 96.1% (2014-15 figures not available)

The whole school attendance figure for 2014/15 was 96.2%

Although the whole school attendance is improving, the attendance of disadvantaged pupils has remained static in relation to 2013/14 figures.

Plans for 2015/16 for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding Support for Learning/Curriculum Support

We will continue to support our less able pupils by continuing our nurture class known as class 12 where these pupils will receive tuition in early reading, writing and mathematics skills. With the increase in pupils arriving at Farley with little or no English this is likely to be a vital resource as is our dedicated EAL instructor. To supplement this, the school has a TEFL trained teacher who will be delivering language classes to parents with little or no spoken English. Our Class 12 team will also work across the school in the afternoons ensuring continued support for our lower attainers and those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

Through the rigorous assessment of our children's reading skills and mathematics skills we have identified those pupils across the school that would benefit from some regular phonics teaching and basic mathematics teaching. The school is now an established Read, Write Inc. school. All lower school staff are trained as well as a lead teacher. The continuing purchase of suitable resources will be essential for the successful running of this programme and the mathematics programmes (Success @ Arithmetic and Numbers Count). The children of our school including our Ever 6 FSM children and LAC children will look to make rapid improvements in their reading skills and mathematical skills.

1:1 support for pupils in Year six prior to their SATs has proven to be very successful in raising achievement. This will continue and be teacher led to ensure high standards of delivery and tuition.

Across the school we will continue to provide small group support for pupils who are at risk of falling behind or making slow progress which will be delivered by our teaching staff. This is likely to be at a ratio of 1:4.

We have identified that our White British children do not always perform in line with other large groups. To this end we will be providing structured conversations with parents to support children in making rapid improvements. A lot of our White British pupils are also in receipt of the pupil premium funding.

Booster classes and Easter school will again feature within our programme for support aimed at our target children (those who need a much needed boost to achieve the expected standard in their end of key stage 2 National Curriculum Tests). Gifted and talented sessions will also be held for those children aiming to achieve a more than expected standard.

Support for children who find school life a challenge will be given in the form a mentor. These children have varying needs and clear barriers to learning. Examples of support will be, in class support, lunchtime clubs, homework clubs etc.

Pupils with specific talents will be supported to access opportunities where those skills can be nurtured and developed e.g. peripatetic music sessions, access to outside sports clubs, drama, dance etc.