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 intended use of pupil premium funding has been to remove barriers to learning, further improve levels of engagement and behaviour, thus contributing to improved progress rates.
‘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 2017
“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is exemplary. Relationships between adults and pupils are warm and respectful. Teachers help pupils to develop very positive attitudes to their learning. Pupils work hard, respond well to teachers’ feedback, do not waste time and complete their tasks. Pupils enjoy their lessons. Adults, including the lunch staff, demonstrate the manners they want pupils to exhibit. They expect the best, so pupils are friendly, polite and welcoming to visitors. They say ‘please’ and ‘thankyou’ and hold doors open for each other and for adults.” External Review 2018
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.
“Pupils enjoy a stimulating curriculum. The many exciting visits they make ignite their interest and broaden their horizons…Pupils value opportunities to take part in many enrichment activities. Visits and visitors stimulate pupils’ learning and give them experiences they may not otherwise have. For example, on the day of the visit, a chef helped pupils to cook a delicious and healthy Italian meal. ” External Review 2018
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)
|All children in these year groups made at least expected or accelerated progress. In Y2, the combined figure for children at the expected level rose by 4%, and by 6% at the higher level. In Y6, the combined figure for children at the expected level rose by 7%, and by 3% at the higher level.
Children accessed 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 were able to access support that met their social and emotional needs. This allowed them to concentrate on learning in a settled and happy environment. the pastoral team comprised of a Pastoral Lead and Learning Assistant, fully supported by the DHT.||£ 39,534|
|Deliver focused and specialist intervention programmes for reading (Sound Training, BRP and
FFT Wave 3)
|Identified staff were trained in reading intervention programmes. Across the academy, standards in reading improved significantly.
|Provide children with free or highly subsidised extended schools activities.||Children were 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. Clubs ran throughout the year every Monday to Thursday. These were well attended, with on average, 24 pupils regularly accessing each club.||£2,000|
|Provide children with highly subsidised access to sporting and cultural events.||Children were enabled to develop a wide range of interests through memorable and significant opportunities. This included visits to local area attractions, performing at the Sage and other venues, attending sporting competitions, access to theatre companies and participating in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the Middlesbrough Little Theatre .||£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