The Pupil Premium Grant 2015-2016
In 2015-16, the Pupil Premium allocation to Forest Gate Academy was £213,840 which equates to 162 pupils and was worth £1320 per pupil aggregated over the financial year.
Breakdown of Total Spend
The above charts show the breakdown of the funding spend.
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 Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant
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.
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.
At Forest Gate Academy we target additional support strategies to enable every student, however financially disadvantaged, to:
- Improve their levels of progress and attainment
- Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
- Have full access to the curriculum
- Access extra-curricular provision
Funding has been directed to support the following interventions:
- Uniform & Kit
- Equipment and Resources
- Staffing & Intervention including booster classes
- Educational Trips, Visits and Visitors
- Training for intervention
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.
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact 2015-16
Attendance and Behaviour
Monitoring strategies and the introduction of incentives to improve attendance has shown attendance across all year groups has increased. In 2015-16 Pupil Premium pupils had 94.7% attendance compared to Non-Pupil Premium pupils where attendance was 95%. This is an improvement of 1.5% on the previous year. Reward systems have impacted positively on children’s engagement within lessons and the wider life of the school, in particular the weekly celebration and awards assemblies. Families’ needs are better addressed through the employment of a SCIPS (Social Care in Primary Schools) worker who comes into school once a week, this role is mainly pastoral and has been instrumental in facilitating appropriate support from a multi-agency viewpoint and engaging parents in the process. The SCIPS worker has supported several Pupil Premium eligible families in depth over the last school year and is available each week on a Monday for drop in sessions for any of the Pupil Premium families to access support and advice.
Trips & Visitors
The School has funded a number of social & cultural visits for identified pupils, often linked closely to their termly learning topics. Pupil and staff surveys reveal positive feedback on all these events. The costs associated with social/cultural visits, which provide vital cultural, social and enrichment experiences for pupils, are often a barrier to those pupils with free school meals or from low income families. Pupil Premium funding has enabled these costs to be subsidised for eligible pupils, thus allowing greater access to the same high quality and exciting opportunities offered by these experiences. Artis come into school once a week and work with the EYFS, Key Stage 1 and vulnerable pupils to encourage confidence and expression through music, dance and drama.
‘Wow, I never knew there were so many different types of fish in the world!’
Year 4 – Blue Planet Aquarium
Equipment & Resources
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.
‘ I got absolutely soaked and we even saw the RNLI boats go out to save someone’.
Year 3 – Splashpad Fleetwood
Uniform & Kit
Forest Gate 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.
“‘I’ve learnt so much about sharks, I can’t believe they have so many teeth and don’t actually want to eat us because we taste like metal”.
Year 4 – Blue Planet Aquarium
(Staffing, Intervention, Training & Assessment)
A range of focused interventions are now in place and this targeted support continues to increase the performance of Pupil Premium children. Support needs are fully addressed by closely monitoring the interventions and the deployment of staff. Extra staff were employed to ensure all Pupil Premium children had additional support in the classroom. Staff have completed specific numeracy and literacy training to ensure that all lessons are delivered to children’s specific needs.
Impact of Pupil Premium on Achievement
The impact of Pupil Premium is measured in two ways.
Firstly, we compare the performance of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding against the performance of those who are not and against National Expectation. Our disadvantaged pupils continue to attain above the national disadvantaged group in KS1 compared with EYFS in Writing and Maths.
RaiseOnline, alongside the school’s own tracking and data systems, indicates that year on year progress is consistent throughout the key stages for disadvantaged children.
- EYFS: In 2014 the percentage of children achieving a good level of development was 11% above the national average in 2015 it was 9% above the national average.
- The proportion of pupils that met the expected standard in phonics was above the national figure for all pupils in Year 1. Pupil Premium pupils outperformed Non-Pupil Premium pupils in school.
- The proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in phonics was 20% above national average for similar pupils.
- 86% of disadvantaged children met the expected standard at KS1 writing compared with EYFS, national other was 83%
- Disadvantaged pupils at KS1 were in line with national other compared with EYFS in mathematics.
- 100% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the expected standard in phonics by the end of Year 2 in 2016.
- In KS2 maths, disadvantaged pupils made better progress (0.25) when compared to all pupils (-0.01).
The second way in which we measure the impact of Pupil Premium is through the quality of the activities or intervention that we provide. Each activity concludes with a review by staff and pupils indicating success against the intended outcomes.
What projects will run in 2016-2017?
For 2016-2017 Forest Gate Academy intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2015-16 to ensure our Pupil Premium students have full access to all the opportunities available at Forest Gate Academy.
School controlled spend plans include:
- Continuing to invest in the Artis provision to promote speaking, listening, drama and performance in the Early Years and Key Stage 1.
- Continued investment in staff training for the delivery of intervention programmes in English and Maths.
- Continued growth of the school reading book library to offer appealing texts and genres to disadvantaged children.
- Continued investment in real-life experiences including egg hatching; adventure, team-building and problem solving activities/residentials and educational visits.
- Continued investment in reward systems for progress, achievement, learning attitude and aspiration, and attendance.
Additional staffing is in place to support Pupil Premium students across all Key Stages through regular small group/one to one sessions. A large investment this year will be in Pupil Premium Nurture Zone. This will be located in a specifically designed area within the school and will have relevant learning resources, equipment and staffing to provide pupils with support for both emotional wellbeing and academic interventions during and after school hours
Our School Improvement targets specifically focus on progress and attainment of vulnerable groups and further closing the gaps. Our key target will be to:
- Reduce the gap between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium pupils in Reading, writing and Maths.
- To improve the % of Pupil Premium pupils achieving expected and exceeding.
Pupil Premium Review
Tracking, monitoring and intervention for identified individual needs of Pupil Premium learners is under the remit of the Senior Leadership Team. They are accountable to the Director of Academies and develop the higher level strategy of the Pupil Premium spend. The full annual review occurs in the final half term of the academic year and is completed in September each year, when pupil outcomes are confirmed to ensure impact evidence of activities is assessed accurately.