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Pupil Premium Report 2018/19 printer friendlySite index

St James’ C.E. Junior School Pupil premium grant expenditure report to parents: 2018/19

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 - 25

  • Total amount of PPG received - £36580

Nature of support 2018/19

The school has a dedicated teacher who gives support to our 28 (as of September 2018) 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.  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 Fegans counsellor and a Therapeutic Play leader.

From September 2018 Pupil Premium children are supported as below, and the allocated £36580 will be spent in addition to funds from the school budget in the following ways:

  • £9000 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.

  • £17000 on a Family Liaison Officer and pastoral support worker, working with families and supporting children within the school.

  • £5066 on a Fegans 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.

Measuring the impact of PPG spending

Of the children in receipt of Pupil Premium 2017 - 2018:

Year 6 Test results showed that 60% of Pupil Premium children achieved the expected level in Reading, Writing and Maths.  This figure is broadly in line with that achieved by all children nationally.  The % of children achieving the higher standard in all three subjects was 40% which is significantly higher than the national average. 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 higher standard in Reading: 60% 

Met the expected standard in Spelling and Grammar: 100%

Met the higher standard in Spelling and Grammar: 40% 

Met the expected standard in Writing: 60%

Met the higher standard in Writing: 40% 

Met the expected standard in Maths: 80% 

Met the higher standard in Maths: 40% 

Disadvantaged children also made better progress than their peers in Reading and Maths. 

Attendance for children eligible for Pupil Premium has risen over the last two years from 93.6% for 2015-16 to 95.3% for 2017-18.    Persistent absence (children who have attendance lower than 90%) has fallen from 10% in 2016-17 to 8% last year.