Pupils Premium funding
Pupil Premium is a government grant allocated to schools via the local authority for the support of pupils from families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals, Children in Care or vulnerable children. This funding is given as a way to address the current underlying inequalities between these groups of children and their peers. It specifically targets disadvantage and must reach the pupils who need this additional support the most. It is allocated annually and is clearly identifiable.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy
To ensure this additional funding has a positive impact on the learners who need it most, we assess which additional provisions should be made for our individual pupils, so that all our pupils are supported to achieve their full potential. Each of our pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is allocated a mentor from the Senior Leadership team. Mentors meet regularly with pupils to discuss progress, provide feedback on learning and offer support. Barriers to educational achievement include special educational needs, low self-esteem and progress in writing but the number of pupil premium children remains below the national average at Barham and each child has a unique profile of need so we offer bespoke support to target gaps/disadvantage.
2020-2021 – Proposed spending
This year (2020-2021) Barham has 19 pupils (9.04%) with a total funding of £21,295. Following the school closure from the end of term 4 (2019-2020), we are monitoring progress closely and setting up targeted support. Interventions are evaluated every 6 weeks.
- Short-term intervention programmes for underachieving pupils who need a boost to their learning in rder to reach their potential
- Welfare support, for example through social skills and nurture group (Lindsey Stephens)
- Providing funding (50%) for extracurricular activities that will support well-being and development of learning, for example: school trips, clubs, music lessons
- Learning resources for home that will support pupils' learning in school
- Specific resources for pupils with additional needs e.g. glasses for Irlens syndrome and touch-typing course for pupil with dyslexia
- Subscriptions to 'Aquila' and 'The Week Junior' for Year 5/Year 6
- A bursary for each pupil to buy books chosen by them to keep at home
- Funding towards Breakfast Club and After School Club
- Family Liaison Officer to support families
Pupil Premium Statement 2019-2020
In 2019-2020 Barham had 15 pupils with a total funding of £21,210
When deciding how to spend the pupil premium grant, we look at the potential barriers to learning which may be faced by children in receipt of pupil premium in the context of our school. The reasons for potential underachievement are many and varied and include; specific learning difficulties, reduced support at home; social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations, parent illness, or attendance and punctuality issues. Each child entitled to the pupil premium grant is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.
At Barham, we aim to build expertise which will enable us to provide support to help children to overcome barriers to learning and reach their targets at the end of each academic year.
Our key objective in using the pupil premium grant is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to pupil premium and those not. Children at Barham achieve and attain well, often at standards much higher than those expected nationally. However, some children in receipt of pupil premium do not always attain as well as those who are not entitled to the pupil premium grant nationally. We aim to diminish this difference for our children.
Our funding priorities for 2019-2020 fall into 4 key areas:
- Learning and the Curriculum
- Family Support
- Social and Emotional Support
- Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum
Learning and the Curriculum
Providing a range of teacher and HLTA led interventions including, 1:1 and small group tutoring– £10,980
Resources for home to support learning in school - £339
CPD for staff in supporting pupils - £300
Impact: (In 2020 pupils in Year 6 there were no pupil premium children). Pupils enjoy learning experiences both in and out of the classroom which deepen knowledge and understanding. Children have strong foundations in reading, writing and mathematics which equip them for each stage in their learning journey.
Support with purchasing uniform & SEN resources - £250
Free milk for FSM pupils - £12
Breakfast club and After School club - £780
Improving attendance and punctuality – Attributed to SLT mentor costs
Impact; Attendance is closely monitored and support offered to families when an issue arises. Children are able to attend school without worry or concern and are able to access a wealth of activities and opportunities offered by the school.
Social and Emotional Support
Each pupil in receipt of pupil premium is allocated a mentor from the senior leadership team.
Mentors offer 1:1 sessions to discuss learning and any pastoral issues – £2,000
“Art Therapy” - £1,939
During the period of national lockdown the Headteacher, Deputy Head and SENCO remained in close contact with Pupil Premium families identified as vulnerable. Support included: regular telephone and email contact; advice for SEN and emotional needs; support for parental wellbeing; individualised home learning and support; reintegration into school; transition support.
Impact; Children are able to discuss concerns or worries which may impact on their learning and well-being. They feel safe and happy in school and know what to do if they feel unsure about any aspect of school life. The ‘Art therapist’ provides support for children who are experiencing difficulties in and out of the classroom. In addition, these sessions provide opportunities for children to develop language and communication skills. Confidence is built, enabling children to articulate thoughts, feelings and ideas with increased clarity and expression.
Enrichment Within and Beyond the Curriculum
Bursary towards peripatetic music lessons – £549
Extra-curricular clubs – £266
Enriched curriculum opportunities- subsidised trips and visitors – £194
Books chosen by children to keep - £410
Aquila & The Week for Juniors subscription - £174
Impact; Children in receipt of pupil premium funding are able to access a range of activities which are planned to support and nurture the whole child. All children in receipt of pupil premium funding are provided with the opportunity to attend any of the extra-curricular activities offered at Barham at no/reduced cost. 'Aquila' and 'The Week for Juniors' is aimed at our high achieving pupils in receipt of pupil premium. Whilst there were no children in Year 6 2019-2020 that were pupil premium, in the previous academic year, all Y6 pupil premium children were offered a place at a grammar school.