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Previous Year Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium Expenditure

The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more, together with those pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. This information should now be published on the school website. Please see below for information regarding how the Pupil Premium was spent in the last financial year, the impact of this funding, and the plans for future spending.

The Local Advisory Board of Governors at St Agnes ACE Academy recognises that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for FSM. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) to support any pupil or group of pupils that the Academy has legitimately recognised as being social disadvantaged. We do, in addition, support the funding of many interventions/support programmes from the Academy’s main budget from which all children can benefit. Many pupils who qualify for the PPG fall into more than one vulnerable group, benefiting from a range of provision to meet their needs. St Agnes Academy receives a Pupil Premium Grant for each child who is entitled to receive Free School Meals or who has been entitled over the last six years, for any Looked After Children or children adopted from Local Authority care and for children of parents serving in military forces. We are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.

Review of Expenditure and Impact of Pupil Premium funding 2015-16

Pupil Premium Grant was funded in 2015-16 according to the number of children in the following categories:

* Free School Meals

* Looked After by the Local Authority (or adopted from Local Authority care)

* Forces Children

The number of pupils on roll in 2015-16 was 237. The total number eligible for PPG (Free School Meals, FSM Ever 6, Looked After Children and Forces Children)was 34.The total amount of PPG received was £44,500.

At St Agnes Academy effective teaching and learning is monitored across the school and this has been a major factor in our school improvements. Through our targeted interventions we are successfully eliminating barriers to learning and progress. We also work to improve rates of our children’s participation in a wide range of activities in and out of school.

This analysis of educational achievement/attainment, by intervention, through the 2015-16 academic year, shows the impact of the funding on the pupils in respect of those for whom the grant funding was allocated.

Project/ Programme

Cost

Objective

Outcome

Judgment

Additional teaching/ learning support including individual & small group interventions in literacy & numeracy. This includes support for higher ability pupils in Maths. Most of these interventions took place in class.

£36,720

To support   vulnerable pupils’ learning in class and through literacy & numeracy interventions so they make good progress and reach age related expectations

In many year groups, the gap between PP and other pupils’ achievement was negligible; however, at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 PP achievement was below that of others. At KS1 and KS2, the gap was partly explained by a high correlation between PP and SEN pupils.

The use of PP funding for this purpose had variable impact. It helped to narrow the gap between the achievement of PP pupils and others in some year groups more than in others.

Access to extra-curricular activities at school – Access to clubs and school visits – including homework club.

£7023

To provide support for PP pupils to participate in all school clubs and all school trips including residential trips. To provide support for PP pupils to complete homework in the absence of support from home.

Very high participation rates amongst PP pupils in school clubs, universal participation in school visits including residential.

High impact. Very successful.

One pupil’s participation in residential visit, supported by PP, had a positive impact on attendance during the following term. Offering homework club enabled at least one PP pupil to keep up with his peers in class.

Access to extra-curricular activities out of school

£357

To support vulnerable pupils to learn to swim outside of school

Two PP pupils learned to swim

High impact. Very successful. Both pupils now able to participate in school group swimming lessons and therefore make good progress in this aspect of PE.

Support of professional services – Parent Support Advisor

£400

To provide professional advice and support for vulnerable families beyond that which is funded centrally

Family gained access to advice and support, which was taken up

High impact on well-being of pupil and parent, helping to overcome barriers to learning.

 

Planned Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2016-17

The current number on roll is 269. 38 pupils (14%) attract the Pupil Premium, including 26 (9.7%) in receipt of Free School Meals now or in the last 6 years.

The amount of PPG for 2016-17 has yet to be identified, but is likely to be more than last year.

St. Agnes Academy will build upon existing programmes and strengthen the impact of the PPG on pupil outcomes by:

  • Targeting support especially in Writing and Maths;
  • Providing intervention programmes in and out of class to accelerate the progress of PP pupils;
  • Providing intervention programmes for PP pupils with SEN;
  • Extending dyslexia-friendly programmes;
  • Introducing Accelerated Reader;
  • Access to Parent Support Advisor;
  • Purchasing special-interest resources;
  • Providing personal, social and emotional intervention programmes;
  • Providing outdoor education/ forest school experiences to engage the interest of PP pupils;
  • Continuing to support PP pupils to access clubs, visits and outside-of-school activities.

I am not sure if my child could have free school meals.Where can I get more information?

Please speak to Karen Potts in the school office, in confidence. She will be very glad to help.