Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to improve attainment and close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers.
We know that, nationally, children from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. We actively breakdown those barriers to enable ALL of our children to achieve age related outcomes, regardless of their social and economic status or family circumstances. Pupil Premium (PP) funding represents a significant proportion of our budget and we are committed to ensuring it is spent to maximum effect.
In the last two years, the impact of pupil premium funding was to further improve levels of engagement and behaviour for learning, due to the small classes we were able to create. This was recognised through external reviews of the academy by an independent HMI.
‘Pupils show a strong interest in learning and high levels of sustained concentration in many lessons. The vast majority of pupils are able to work independently and with partners. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are sensible, polite and confident.’ External Review 2016
High quality enrichment activities were also offered to children. Clubs covering a wide range of interests were offered to children throughout the year, free of charge. Children also participated in many educational visits across the local area, which inspired their thinking and imagination, and enabled them to both contextualise and broaden their learning. Children also travelled outside of the area to participate in events, such as our choir performing at the Sage, Gateshead and the Royal Festival Hall next year. Pupil premium funding was used to significantly subsidise the cost of these events to the academy. It is our intention to continue to use the funding to further this work.
The SLT maintains an overview of PP spending. A member of TVE Trust Board has responsibility for PP.
Dormanstown Primary Academy is located in an area of significant social deprivation. We are in the 80th to 100th percentile for both free school meals and school deprivation, with 69% of children being educated full time within the academy receiving pupil premium funding.
Pupil Premium Funding 2017-18 is £163 860.
|Employ 3 additional teachers to accelerate children’s progress rates in Years 2-5 (59%, 67%, 53% and 68% of children in receipt of pupil premium respectively).||Children are fully supported in closing the gap in both attainment and achievement with their peers through focused teaching, ensuring that they reach their full potential.
Children access a high level of personalised quality first teaching and intervention from skilled, experienced and qualified staff.
|Employ an additional teaching assistant in Reception where 63% of children are entitled to PP funding.|
|Utilise pastoral staff to ensure children and families are supported to achieve both emotionally and academically to achieve.||Children are fully able to access learning and make excellent progress through regular attendance, the meeting of emotional needs and removing barriers to learning.||£10 000|
|To employ SEND specialists to further develop practice and specialist systems.||Children with SEND make excellent progress when compared with similar children nationally.||£10 000|
|Provide children with free or highly subsidised access to extended school activities (both before and after school).||Children are able to develop their talents and succeed in a wide range of sport, arts and academic areas. They are developed a full rounded young citizens with a wide range of skills and interests.||£3 000|
|Provide children with highly subsidised access to workshops, educational visits, external learning opportunities and sporting and cultural events.||Children are enabled to develop a wide range of interests through memorable and significant opportunities. Their experience of life is widened.||£4 000|
Pupil Premium Funding 2016-17 was £194 000.
|Employ additional teachers in Ys 2, 4 and 6.
(68%, 65% and 80% of PP entitled children respectively)
|Children are fully supported in closing the gap in both attainment and achievement with their peers, ensuring that they reach their full potential.
Children access a high level of focused and personalised quality first teaching and intervention from skilled, experienced and qualified staff.
|Employ an additional teaching assistant in Y6 where 80% of children are entitled to PP funding.||£18,965|
|Create a pastoral team to work with identified individual and groups of children.||Children are able to access support that meets their social and emotional needs. This will then allow them to concentrate on learning in a settled and happy environment.||£ 39,534|
|Deliver focused and specialist intervention programmes for reading (Sound Training, BRP and
FFT Wave 3)
|Children are fully supported in closing the gap in both attainment and achievement with their peers, specifically in the key skill of reading.
|Provide children with free or highly subsidised extended schools activities.||Children are able to develop their talents and succeed in a wide range of sport, arts and academic areas. They are developed a full rounded young citizens with a wide range of skills and interests.||£2,000|
|Provide children with highly subsidised access to sporting and cultural events.||Children are enabled to develop a wide range of interests through memorable and significant opportunities. Their experience of life is widened.||£6,000|
Pupil Premium Funding 2015-16 – £188,760 (figures correct as of September 2015).
In 2015-16 we used the Pupil Premium to:
· Continue to keep pupil/teacher ratios low
· Provide high quality enrichment to targeted pupils
· Subsidise the cost of curriculum enrichment activities through academy events