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.
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 2016/17 £500 was received (1 pupil). This was 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.
The pupil that attracted this funding for the academic year 2016/17 is now able to read using a range of strategies including the accurate decoding of text. Their reading has developed some fluency, and they are able to decode unfamiliar words to read a wide range of regular and non-regular high frequency words. Lexia has had a positive impact on this pupil’s writing, and their spelling has improved and where there are errors, words are phonetically plausible. Their sentence structure is developing and they correctly use full stops and capital letters. Their vocabulary has increased they will now ask for clarification of unfamiliar vocabulary. This pupil has become more confident and enthusiastic about both reading and writing and are keen to complete Lexia tasks every day. Their Lexia achievements have led to an increase in self-confidence.
For the academic year 2017/18 we expect to receive £2500. This is to be invested in new software to support numeracy; MyMaths and Easimaths.
"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