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Pupil Premium Report 2017/18 printer friendlySite index

St James’ C.E. Junior School Pupil premium grant expenditure report to parents: 2017/18

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received:

  • Total number of pupils currently on roll  - 361

  • Total number of pupils currently eligible for PPG - 28

  • Amount of PPG received per pupil April 2017 based on 28 children - £1320 (£1900 for CLA children)

  • Total amount of PPG received - £40020

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:

  • £23,000 on a Pupil Premium lead working with small groups and individuals alongside the SENCO and class teachers.

  • £5000 on ensuring Pupil Premium children can attend school trips and clubs, including the Isle of Wight Year 6 school journey.  Uniform is also funded where there is a difficulty for the parent in paying.

  • £15,000 on a Family Liaison Officer and pastoral support worker, working with families and supporting children within the school.

  • £5066 on an NHS CHATTS counsellor to support children who need emotional support to improve their wellbeing.

  • £3077 for the Accelerated Reader Programme, which has been demonstrated to engage reluctant readers, encourage regular reading at home and have a positive impact on outcomes in Reading.

  • £2000 on a teacher within the school delivering Therapeutic Play, again supporting children's wellbeing.

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 readingmaths 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.