School is provided with a small amount of additional funding called 'The Pupil Premium'. It is allocated to provide support for groups of children who are vulnerable or at risk of possible under achievement. These include children who are entitled to free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. As each school is best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the children in its care, it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. The intention is that this funding will accelerate progress and raise attainment.
We would wish to encourage all families who feel they may be eligible for Free School Meals, to claim them, as not only does it support you in the health and care of your child, but it also supports their learning in school. For further information please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium or ask to speak to Carol or Helen in the school office. All matters regarding Free School Meals and the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.
For your information, outlined below is a summary of how West End has spent and intends to spend this fund, the yearly allocation and the impact of the funding.
2013/14 - allocation £9,000
2014/15 - allocation £16,453
2015/16 - allocation £17,939
2016/17 - allocation £15,369
Pupil Premium Analysis
The children across school in receipt of this funding display a wide range of abilities and, as a group, have benefited from the following group work and intervention programmes over the past three years in school:
- Ben’s Buddies (phonic intervention),
- Daily 1:1 phonic intervention,
- Daily reading sessions (1:1),
- 1:1 ‘Read Write Inc’ sessions,
- Focused catch up literacy (small group),
- Rainbow Reading (extra-curricular lunchtime reading sessions),
- ‘Question Time’ new this year (extra-curricular lunchtime sessions reading/writing for meaning),
- Reading comprehension booster sessions,
- 1:1 maths intervention,
- Focused catch up numeracy sessions(small group),
- PSHE nurture sessions with in-school Learning Mentor,
- PDC nurture sessions with external Learning Mentor from our Family of Schools,
- Support with costs for peripatetic music lessons,
- Support with costs for trips,
- Provision of resources to support home learning,
- Buying into the local Family of Schools support services.
The impact of this work is evident in improved / sustained attendance. There has also been a huge impact in self- esteem and confidence which is a prerequisite for learning. The Pupil Premium is supplemented by other aspects of the school budget and is also supporting children towards achieving their targets in order to raise attainment.
Analysis of these children’s progress in reading, writing and maths shows that, over the past year, the majority of these children have made similar or better progress than peers in their cohorts. Attendance is also high.