PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING
Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include students who are entitled to free school meals; children looked after by the local authority and the children of armed service personnel.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium in any way they think will support raising the attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. We are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used.
At Icknield School Pupil Premium funding is used to meet individual needs to overcome barriers to learning and to promote individual progress in specific areas as identified through assessment and discussion with staff, parents and other professionals. The Pupil Premium money is focused on precise areas to support pupils to make progress which will enable them to continue to make progress and lead them to become as independent as possible in the future. This includes managing their behaviour to be able to access the curriculum; develop communication skills to support them in all areas of the curriculum; enhance self-esteem; generalise their learning. The focused use of Pupil Premium has been effective in raising standards for individual pupils.
In 2015/16 we received £29860 in pupil premium funding. £25310 (85%) is being spent on staffing and a further £4550 (15%) on resources.
In 2014/15 we received £27485 in pupil premium funding with a further £4900 for Children in Care. We have spent £24850 (77%) on staffing and a further £7535 (23%) on resources.
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.
All Icknield Year 7 pupils attract a ‘catch up’ payment as they have not achieved age related norms at the end of key stage 2. The funding is used to meet the individual learning needs of these pupils. Each pupil’s attainment and progress is analysed for each aspect of literacy and numeracy. Pupils have targets in literacy and numeracy and the funding supports them to achieve these targets. This includes enhanced staffing and resources as well as dedicated speech and language support. Communication is an overarching skill which is supported throughout the school environment. Literacy and numeracy is embraced across the curriculum enabling pupils to make the highest possible individual progress.
In 2015/16 Icknield School received £3000 (6 pupils). This was used towards the purchase of Numicon resources to enhance the teaching of maths, an upgrade to the Clicker software and mini i-pads to be used solely as communication aids.
In 2016/17 £500 has been received (1 pupil). This is being used towards the purchase of new software, Lexia Core 5, an ICT based programme to improve reading. It is student driven, providing personalised learning at the rate of the learner. The activities are engaging and motivating, with gaps in learning being specifically targeted. Lexia also provides progress monitoring data, without the need to administer tests.
"Funding to support students in Year 7 to catch up is used very well to provide additional resources and support so that their progress improves" Ofsted 2015