The Pupil Premium Grant 2013-14
In 2013-2014, the Pupil Premium allocation to Forest Gate Academy was £109,119 which equates to 115 pupils and was worth £953 per pupil aggregated over the financial year. The above chart shows 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 have been looked after 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 2013-14
Rewards & Incentives
Incentives to improve attendance have contributed to improved attendance and punctuality. Attendance across all year groups has increased by 1.4% to 95.3% from 2013 to 2014. 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 continued employment of a SCIPS (Social Care In Primary Schools) worker who has been instrumental in facilitating appropriate support from a multi-agency viewpoint and engaging parents in the process.
Trips & Visitors
The School has funded an increasing number of social & cultural visits for identified pupils 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.
‘It was the best ever because it made you believe in yourself and you conquered your fears but it was fun at the same time.’
Year 5 Robinwood Residential
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. An example of high impact in the Early Years has been the Artis provision of cross-curricular drama, dance and music sessions. These have targeted the need to improve early speaking and listening and are helping to provide children with opportunities to shine through performance.
Equipment & Resources
Topics are thoroughly resourced and guided reading books are 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. The Class Act film studio has provided another platform for children to record their work and gives purpose for presentation and writing – a key area for school improvement.
‘I didn’t believe how much science you can do just using red cabbage and everyday items! We did loads of experiments including making a tester for acids and alkalis – we even made some gloop from polymers!’
Science with Cabbage Year 6
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.
(Staffing, Intervention, Training & Assessment)
A wider range of focused intervention is now in place and it continues to increase the performance of Pupil Premium children. Staff have completed further training in specific numeracy (First Class at Number) and literacy (Rapid Writer) training to ensure that lessons and interventions 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 Reading, Writing and Maths and the 2014 cohort outperformed non-disadvantaged pupils in all areas based upon Value Added measures.
Raiseonline, alongside the school’s own tracking and data systems, indicate that year on year progress is consistent. For example, expected progress for the Year 6 Pupil Premium cohort for the past 3 years was as follows:
|2011 - 2012||2012 - 2013||2013 - 2014|
|READING||6/10 60%||11/11 100%||13/13 100%|
|WRITING||9/10 90%||11/11 100%||12/13 92%|
|MATHS||9/10 90%||11/11 100%||12/13 92%|
All of these measures are better than the national average for the disadvantaged group. Exceeding expected progress is equal to or better than the National Average for non-disadvantaged pupils in all areas.
In Key Stage 1, the within school gap Average Points Score in reading has reduced by 3.3%age points; writing has reduced by 3.7%age points and Maths by 0.1%age points.
In Key Stage 2, the within school gap Average Points Score in reading has reduced by 1.8%age points; writing has reduced by 2.2%age points and Maths by 2.5%age points. The trend indicates a reducing gap at Level 4 attainment in all areas except EGPS which is a positive testimony to the impact of pupil premium spending.
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 2014-2015?
For 2014-2015 Forest Gate Academy intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2013-14 as this has had a positive impact on narrowing the gap of overall achievement and has helped to ensure all our students have full access to all the opportunities available at Forest Gate Academy.
Breakdown of Total Spend
Specific plans include:
- Continuing to invest in the Artis provision to promote speaking, listening, drama and performance in the early years.
- Further implementation of the Class Act Film Studio offering children a purposeful medium for writing and presentation via the foyer plasma TV.
- We will also roll out investment in new technology to raise standards by continuing to invest in ipad training and to acquire more Smart and tablet technology to raise standards for disadvantaged children.
- Provision of musical instruments (recorders) to all disadvantaged children in Key Stage 2.
- 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.