The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who are in local authority care, children adopted from local authority care and children with parent(s) in the Armed Forces. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
£192,694 – forecasted income. Budget of £230,670.
The impact of this funding has been to support and enhance our existing intervention strategies for students who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and has allowed them to experience the full range of opportunities offered.
Whole school focus on raising standards in reading, writing and mathematics, which has meant that CPD opportunities and the focus of several staff meetings has been on this vital area of development.
The impact of Pupil Premium is measured by comparing the performance of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding against the performance of those who are not and against National Expectation. We also closely monitor the impact the spending has on individual children (for example, behaviour, emotional well-being, etc.). Interviews with children, discussions with teachers/professionals and case studies have been used to help with this monitoring.
Termly pupil progress meetings will take place with every class teacher, who will have completed a pupil progress document in preparation for the meeting. Progress of children across reading, writing and mathematics will be closely monitored, as will the comparison between different groups of children within school to identify key trends (e.g. pupil premium children v non-pupil premium children, boys v girls, 90%+ attendance v <90% attendance). Staff must clearly identify children who are not making sufficient progress and next steps must be identified to accelerate their progress
In 2015-16, the Pupil Premium allocation to Partington Central Academy was £275,880 which equates to 172 pupils and was worth £1320 per pupil aggregated over the financial year.
In order to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum, and ensure that it was accessible to all children, a proportion of the money was used towards special events and trips. These often incur no charges at all to our families, or where a voluntary contribution is requested, this is kept to a reasonable amount and subsidised.
The school considers that these events and trips are an important part of life experience and enhance the children’s learning.
The trips and events add to the richness of academic work through additional knowledge and understanding but also through the development of appropriate language.
The school believes that we should not differentiate between those in receipt of free school meals and those who are working (but perhaps on low incomes) for events which we want all children to participate in. These are some of the trips and visitors that were funded or subsidised:
Music plays an important role within the school and as a result of our work with the Trafford Music Service all children in Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 have had the opportunity to learn and play a musical instrument every Monday for the whole academic year. Children have played in ensembles and performed regularly. It is an accepted fact that learning to play an instrument has a direct link with sequencing and special awareness and patterns in mathematics
You are all aware that the school has a number of ways to support children in their learning. This can mean able children who need additional challenges, children struggling academically, those who just find one particular area or concept difficult to grasp, those who need more frequent repetition and those who have a specific learning difficulty.
These groups are assessed frequently and the groups change. Many of the Teaching Assistants have been trained to deliver certain aspects of this support, but we also employ additional teachers on a part time basis to help ensure that we can support as many children as possible in a variety of ways to meet their needs.
These groups include : speech support, added support in classrooms for guided reading and guided writing, Explore Learning sessions, Elevate Youth, maths clinics, additional book awareness sessions early literacy intervention, Toe by Toe, reading recovery, school action support, groups, handwriting, PIPs support for children with a statement, electronic reading, one to one, small group support, rapid reading and gifted and talented. These groups are those that remain fairly constant other groups may be added where necessary.
Topics are thoroughly resourced and guided reading books are now more appropriate for our children and reading engagement and standards have improved as a result. Software and books ensure that we have better resources directly aimed at children’s needs. Class act film studio has been purchased as an alternative resource to help improve literacy levels as well as assist in engaging those school pupils that are hard to reach.
Partington Central Academy helped provide students with school sweatshirts, polo shirts, book bags, planners, PE kit and bags. All new Pupil Premium entrants are offered free uniform on enrolment.
Pupil Premium gaps (end of 2015-2016):