PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY
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.
Pupil Premium at Icknield School
At Icknield School we have identified the following barriers to educational achievement faced by some of our pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding:
Behaviour creating barriers to learning
Lack of communication skills
Reduced physical skills
Lack of resilience
Emotional barriers to progress
At Icknield School 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 advances and lead them to become as independent as possible in the future. 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%) was spent on staffing and a further £4550 (15%) on resources.
Analysis of progress 2015/2016 – Core subjects:
84% FSM pupils made expected or better progress.
The impact of the PP funding is evaluated on an on-going basis and the report is produced in July of each academic year.
In 2016/17 we received £36635 in pupil premium funding (32 eligible pupils including 4 LAC, 6 service children). This has been used as indicated in the chart linked below:
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