St James’ C.E. Junior School Pupil premium grant expenditure report to parents: 2017/18
Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received:
Nature of support 2017/18
The school has a dedicated teacher who gives support to our 28 (as of September 2017) children eligible for pupil premium funding. Support is given according to the individual needs of the children, and is planned following discussions between the class teachers, senior leaders and the Pupil Premium teacher. Writing and Maths will be the priority for support this year, but Reading will also be supported if needed. Other pupils within the school are also included in these interventions or support programmes.
The school has identified low attendance and pastoral well-being as a key barrier to the children's learning, and as a result has a Family Liaison Officer working within the school, as well as a CHATTS counsellor and a Therapeutic Play leader.
From September 2017 Pupil Premium children are supported as below, and the allocated £40020 will be spent in addition to funds from the school budget in the following ways:
Nature of support 2016/17
Teaching assistants gave additional support in the classroom, in small-groups and in one to one tuition.
The school employed an allocated part-time Pupil Premium teacher who ran small group booster sessions for pupil premium eligible children, in all curriculum areas of need but with reading & maths as a first priority. This support was linked to the needs of each child.
Pupil Premium money was used to ensure that all children had access to school trips, regardless of ability to pay. Expensive trips and school uniform were subsidised for children eligible for the funding.
A full time Family Liaison Officer was appointed, and counselling services were bought in to improve children's wellbeing where there was a need.
Measuring the impact of PPG spending
Of the children in receipt of Pupil Premium 2016 - 2017:
Year 6 Test results showed that 60% of Pupil Premium children achieved the expected level in Reading, Writing and Maths. This figure is in line with that achieved by all children nationally. The % of children achieving the higher standard in Reading was above national figures and in line with them for maths. Year 6 pupil premium children also achieved the following results, all of which were above national figures except maths, which was slightly below:
Met the expected standard in Reading: 80%
Met the expected standard in Spelling and Grammar: 80%
Met the expected standard in Writing: 80%
Met the expected standard in Maths: 70%
Attendance for children eligible for Pupil Premium rose last year from 93.6% for 2015-16 to 95.5% for 2016-17.
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