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Pupil Premium

Whole school Ofsted Western Gazette

Use of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

This was introduced by the Government in April 2011.

The PPG, which is additional to main school funding is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for Free School Meals in the last 6 years, also to students who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months and to children of service personnel.

The Government believes that this targeted additional funding is the best way to help tackle any underlying disadvantages and inadequacies that exist between this group of students as defined and their peers.

The aim is to raise attainment among disadvantaged students by providing a range of learning opportunities that enable these students to reach their full potential regardless of the circumstances that might otherwise impede their progress.

The Government believes that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision their students need.

The PPG has a number of wider aims:

  • To increase social mobility.
  • To enable more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best in further education.
  • To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving students nationally.

Overview of the School

 

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

Total number of students eligible for PPG

78

78

98

£ per students

£619

£900

£1300/£300

PPG received

£48,282

£70,200

£121,400

St Michael’s Academy has utilized the PPG to target support of learning across the curriculum including the following:

  • 1 additional teaching group has been created in Year 5. This has allowed the creation of smaller groups within a large year group.
  • LSAs lead targeted small group work including listening, social skills and communication, language and communication, memory skills, theraplay and literacy and numeracy.
  • 1 : 1 study support for some pupils – mainly literacy and numeracy work.
  • 1 : 1 intervention  in each year group, across the curriculum on a weekly basis led by senior LSAs.
  • Individualised timetables to reflect a pupil’s needs and supported as necessary including IEPs where appropriate.
  • A  Forest School group that helps build team work, self-confidence and esteem and who work collaboratively with Fiveways School.
  • Support for residential trips.
  • To support pupil participation in other trips.
  • Swimming – every child swims throughout the school year on a weekly basis.
  • In addition to curriculum enrichment opportunities St Michael’s Academy inclusive ethos acknowledges that disadvantaged students often require emotional support which includes strategies to help promote self-esteem and self-confidence. Therefore the PPG has also been used to support vulnerable students in a variety of ways which include:
  • Individual or small group support – especially for those students who are experiencing particularly difficult personal circumstances and need reassurance etc.
  • School Counsellors/Therapists are in school regularly and their programme includes working with students entitled to PPG.
  • Small group work with a special focus on social skills, self-esteem and bereavement.
  • Some PPG students are supported in Breakfast Club and Homework Club.
  • The students have access to the school nurse as required.
  • There is an extensive network of mentoring to which PPG students have access and benefit from.
  • Multi-agency meetings are arranged to support students and their families as necessary.

 Measuring the Impact

  • The school is putting in place systems to track pupil progress and attainment.
  • This should demonstrate how effective the various forms of intervention are in narrowing the gap between Free School Meals and non-Free School Meals.

If parents/guardians believe their sons/daughters are entitled to FSM but currently do not receive them please contact the school.

Record of PPG Spending 2013/14

Initiative

Cost

Outcome

Mandela Project (in conjuction with Barnardos)

8,895

Children are calmer and more receptive to learning and consequently less disruptive to the learning of others.  

Parent Family Support Advisor

6,900

Engaging hard to reach families encouraging them to work more closely with school.  Improved attendance for hard to reach group.

SEN Teacher

21,349

Children with very severe learning difficulties make at least 3 points progress in the year.

Educational Psychologist

1,750

As last year, but additional hours will enable more work with families and train in house staff.

Additional Swimming Sessions

4,500

All children will leave the school able to swim.  Motor control group wil benefit from extra sessions to develop their skills particularly coordination and core strength.

Additional Class Teacher (x2)

30,000

9 classes in the morning and 8 in the afternoon will ensure focussed teaching for all pupils and individual care for every pupil in this disadvantged part of Yeovil.  4 points progress at the very least in one year.

Looked After Children Resources

1,000

Working at Age Related Expectations on exit in July, thus "Secondary School ready!"

Traveller Children Resources

1,000

Year 6 pupils as above.  In year 5 pupils receive weekly visits by a specialist teacher for support.

EAL & EMAS support and Resources

8,601

All EAL children make at least 2 levels progress from KS1.  Translator services are used for reports, Parents Evenings etc.  

 

Record of PPG Spending 2014/15

Initiative Cost Outcome
Parent Family Support Advisor 9,960 Engaging hard to reach families encouraging them to work more closely with school.  Improved attendance for hard to reach group
Forest School 26,027 Cost of 50% of the Forest School teacher and the cost of the LSA supporting Forest School
Educational Psychologist 1,810 As last year, but additional hours will enable more work with families and train in house staff.
Additional Swimming Sessions 7,912 All children will leave the school able to swim.  Motor control group will beneft form extra sessoins to develop their skills particularly coordination and core strength.
Addtional Class Teacher x 2 30,000 10 classes in the morning and 9 in the afternoon will ensure focussed teaching for all puplils and individual care for every pupil in this disadvantaged part of Yeovil.  4 points progress at the very least in one year.
Looked After Children Resources 1,000 Working at age related expections on exit in July.  Thus 'Secondary School Ready.'
Traveller Children Resources 1,000 Year 6 pupils as above.  In year 5 pupils receive weekly visits by a specialist teacher for support.
EAL & EMAS Support and Resources 8,601 All EAL children make at least 2 levels progress form KS1.  Translator services are used for reports, Parents Evenings etc.
School Meals 15,315 Free School Meals and additional Midday Supervisor Support
School Trips 7,500 Covers the cost of all workshops, London and St Ives residential trips and all other trips
Learning Support Assistant 10,928 Cost of 1 x LSA supporting pupil premium students
PE Coaching 3,955 Provision of PE coaching and after schools clubs
Gifted & Talented 11,357 Cost of 20% of the Vice Principal salary in delivering Gifted & Talentd (Maths) to pupil premium students.

 

Record of PPG Spending 2015/16