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Pupil Premium at Beamont Primary School - Strategy Statement 2018-19

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools in addition to their main budgets to support schools across the country in reducing the attainment gap that currently exists between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.  The Pupil Premium is paid to each school by a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in Reception to Year 11.  Schools receive funding for pupils who:

  • have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (sometimes known as Ever 6)
  • have been looked after continuously for more than six months
  • children of service personnel (this service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of service personnel pupils).

National school performance tables include information about the progress of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium.  Since September 2012, Ofsted have surveyed the use of Pupil Premium money in schools when carrying out their inspections.  Since September 2012, it has also been a requirement that schools publish information to parents about how Pupil Premium funding has been used and what impact it has had on pupil progress.  Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium in a way that will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.  All our staff and governors are committed to meeting all of our children’s pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment.  The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision.

Pupil Premium at Beamont Primary School

Each academic year, and ongoing throughout the year, we will monitor the number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, and will consider how to meet their needs within our annual Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.  This document will be made available via the school’s website and will include an action plan which will outline how the money for the new academic year will be spent.

As a school, we are able to determine for ourselves how best to use the Pupil Premium money to support our pupils.  The focus of Pupil Premium funding is on raising educational attainment.  For us, this means that the Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress of pupils and to raise the standard of achievement for them.  It will also be used to address any underlying inequalities.  To do this, we start by considering the barriers to educational progress and outcomes for our pupils who access Pupil Premium.

As the number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium remains a significant proportion of our total number on roll, we have allocated additional staff support hours to ensure that we have the longer-term staffing structure to facilitate some or all of the actions on our action plan.  This may mean that the roles staff do will vary slightly to ensure we make best use of available research and evidence in order to support our learners.  It also means, though, that the children can form stronger relationships with staff who form part of our core staff team, rather than always employ staff on a short-term, ad hoc basis, which can be destabilising for our school community and lacks the continuity needed for children.

Monitoring pupil progress and attainment

To evaluate effective use of the monies received we have to be clear about how pupil progress and their attainment is monitored.  We closely track all pupil progress, both individually, as groups and as classes/ year groups.  Individual progress is tracked carefully considering all the known facts that may impact on progress or attainment.  We monitor groups of children such as those in receipt of Pupil Premium, Children In Care, girls and boys, autumn – spring – summer term born children, pupils with Special Educational Needs, pupils from ethic minority backgrounds, and pupils for whom English is an Additional Language, etc.  All data is used within Pupil Progress Meetings which are attended by class teachers, the Assistant Headteacher (lead for assessment), the AHT/SENDCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), and the Headteacher.  The purpose of the Pupil Progress Meetings is to discuss individual and group pupil progress and consider possible interventions to close any attainment gaps.  When pupils are not on track to reach their individualised targets, staff will look at changes that can be made to help the pupils make the required progress.  This may mean modifying teaching, providing the pupil with an intervention programme, identifying a Special Educational Need, or providing some other additional support.  The focus of these meetings is about closing the gap between groups of pupils, so that every pupil is encouraged to make progress and reach their full potential.

Links with other agencies to help children and families

As a school, we pride ourselves on the very good multi agency support network that we offer to children and their families.  Lead professionals within school, such as our SENDCo and Safeguarding Coordinator, attend multi-agency training and host multi-agency meetings which help to forge strong links; the wider safeguarding team, and the SLT, also engage in this training and in the meetings.  We work with many outreach workers, both in school and off-site, including Speech and Language therapists, Occupational Health, Educational Psychology Service, both Local Authority and private.  As a result, pupils make progress and families feel supported.

Communicating with parents

Parents/carers receive an annual report detailing the attainment and progress made by their child.  These are prepared for distribution late summer term.  Parents and carers are invited to meet with class teachers during two full Parents Evenings in October and February.  For Parents Evening, parents/carers receive a written summary of their child’s effort, progress and attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths, with targets for the parents to work on at home to support improvement.  They also receive an update of their child’s attendance and what needs to improve regarding this.  When pupils receive outside agency help or support, or access one-to-one tuition, parents/carers are kept informed.  If a child has an Individual Education Plan – a Passport to Success - these are shared with parents/ carers.

The annual Pupil Premium Strategy Statement, which includes the action plan for the coming year, will be published on the school’s website as soon as possible into the new academic year. 

Research suggests that not all families register their children for FSM, even when they are entitled to them.  The money we receive at Beamont Primary School when parents or carers claim their entitlement to FSM is important.  We will continue to encourage parents and carers of all children to apply for FSM if they are eligible; we will specifically focus on the parents of children in the EYFS who can now trigger access to the Early Years Pupil Premium; and those in Reception, year 1 and Year 2 who automatically receive a few school meal without the need to claim their entitlement to FSM.

Role of Governors

The Governors will have access to this report, but are also kept up to date through regular reports from the Headteacher and via committees about the progress of all children and groups of children, and about the spending allocations linked to Pupil Premium.

The Link Governor for disadvantaged pupils is Mrs Ruth Agnew (Chair).

Transfer of FSM information between schools

Where children are moving to Beamont Primary School, contact with class teachers and previous school/ nursery settings will take place in order to determine potential FSM eligibility and to gain an understanding of previous interventions where appropriate.

Where children leave Beamont Primary School, the receiving schools will be made aware of children’s most recent support programmes prior to transfer in order to guide continuity in provision and assist transfer discussions with parents and carers.

 

K L Morris, Headteacher

October 2018

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