The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)  is a Government funded grant for all schools in England, aimed at addressing underlying inequalities. It is allocated to children from families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), and children looked after in local authority care. Schools are expected to use the funding to help close attainment gaps for eligible pupils; they are free to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as they see fit but will be accountable for how they have used the funding to support pupils from low income families. There is the expectation that schools will be able to demonstrate impact on the attainment of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium.

At Bellfield infant School we are committed to promoting the progress and attainment of all our pupils, whatever their backgrounds. The targeted and strategic use of the Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision. We focus on getting the basics of spoken language, literacy and numeracy right as early as possible, and work with parents to maximise engagement with their child’s education.

1.1.We have an enhanced team of support staff who work across the school to ensure access to the curriculum by the provision of interventions in reading, writing and mathematics for children who are not making expected progress or not reaching expected levels of attainment, or other children identified as needing extra support.

Our SENCO is non-class based and provides targeted support for groups of children in literacy (reading, phonics and writing) and mathematics.

Four trained teaching assistants provide one-to-one and small group work supporting children with social, communication and language needs that may be barriers to their learning, as well as literacy interventions.

Nurture groups are held daily to support those children who need support in their social skills and self esteem.

1.2. We pay for the services of a Speech & Language therapist for four days a week; she works with pupils, staff and parents. This helps us to address needs around communication, speech and language from early on in a child’s school career. Developing children’s language from the earliest possible moment is the most significant of all interventions in narrowing the attainment gap.

Our WellComm speech and language programme identifies and supports individual children’s language development; this programme is well established in Nursery and is used in Reception for those pupils that require it.

Out Teaching Assistants have been trained to deliver ‘Language Land’ sessions with children in the EYFS which helps to develop their speaking and listening skills

1.3. Our tracking system enables us to track the progress and attainment of children in reading, writing and mathematics on a half termly basis. The data is analysed, and feeds back into planning for provision, to ensure that children, whatever their backgrounds, are able to access the curriculum and are making good or outstanding progress in their learning.

In 2014-15 we received a total of £ 101820 for Pupil Premium; other funding was added to this to ensure that we could support all of our most disadvantaged pupils. In 2013-14 the amount received was £95,334; we again added other funding to this to ensure we adequately and effectively provided support for all of our most disadvantaged children.

The aim of the Pupil Premium is to raise attainment and close the gap between children from low income and other disadvantaged families, and their peers.

As a group, children eligible for free school meals do very well at Bellfield Infant School; the chart below shows attainment for both FSM and non-FSM pupils in 2014, and comparison with the attainment of all Year 2 pupils nationally.

 

Attainment at the end of Year 2, July 2015 (size of FSM group: 59%)

APS of PPG group Bellfield Infant School APS of PPG group nationally Difference Comments
All subjects 14.8 14.8 0 In line with National results
Reading 14.9 15.2 – 0.3 In line with National results
Writing 14.4 14.0 + 0.4 In line with National results
Maths 15.0 15.2 – 0.2 In line with National results

 

NOTES: data taken from RAISEonline.APS – Average Point Scores. Points are derived from levels of attainment, in reading, writing and  Mathematics, in the statutory End of Key Stage 1 Assessment: level 3 is 21 points, level 2A is 17,  Level 2B is 15 (this is the benchmark for the end of KS1), level 2C is 13 points.

PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT April 2014 –2015

Total number of pupils on roll 231
Total number (percentage) of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium 104
Amount of Pupil Premium Grant received per pupil £1300
Total amount of Pupil Premium grant received £115700

PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT Allocation 2015 –2016

  • 4 Teaching Assistants to provide small group interventions for children who have been identified as performing below expected age level in reading, writing, maths and phonics in Year1 and 2
  • Pastoral and Welfare Leader/Parent Liaison
  • Outside learning sessions for Nursery and Reception Autumn Term
  • Nurture Groups Reception Year1 and 2
  • Social Groups Year1 and 2
  • Speech and Language Teacher4 days a week- works throughout school
  • Language Land groups for identified children in EYFS
  • Curriculum Enrichment
  • Subsidised educational visits
  • Theatre visits
  • Language Alive
  • Puppet Shows
  • Attendance monitoring
  • Child psychotherapist
  • Parent workshops
  • Artis (Bash) promote speaking and listening skills and drama
  • After school maths club
  • After school reading club
  • After school gardening club
  • Gifted and Talented intervention groups