Pupil Premium Information

 

 

In 2011-2012 the Government launched its pupil premium funding, which is an element of school funding aimed at narrowing the gap in attainment for disadvantaged groups of pupils.  ‘Pupil Premium’ money is based on numbers of pupils from service families, ‘Looked After’ children (Children in Care), adopted children or those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, FSM funding was extended to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years (Ever6).  It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.  It is expected that this funding is used to help and support these pupils and to ensure they make good progress.

In 2015-2016 there were 54 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding. 18 pupils were from service families, 1 ‘Looked After’ child and 2 adopted children with the rest of the pupils currently, or previously, eligible for FSM. This equates to 14% of the school population.

In September 2012 a new post was set up in school, funded by Pupil Premium funding, called the Family Support Co-ordinator. Mrs Astle took up her post to support service pupils when they join and leave the school, as well as when their parent may be on deployment. Pupils who are in receipt of FSM are also supported, according to their need to maximise their learning opportunities.  Her role focuses primarily on their pastoral needs, rather than a wide range of specific interventions. The role has widened since its launch and Mrs Astle role now addresses the pastoral needs of all pupils and families across the school.  Any child deemed vulnerable or suffering from the impact of any kind of change is provided with a bespoke package of support. Pupil premium partly funds the post now to enable the whole school access to this vital role.

In 2014 the decision was taken to put in place a Learning Mentor for children eligible for pupil premium funding. The post is funded for a qualified teacher for 3 days a week and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for 2 ½ days a week. This post was fully implemented in October 2014. The Learning Mentors’ role is to enhance the learning opportunities for all the pupil premium children regardless of their abilities. This means the brightest children can be offered enrichment activities and additional support can be given to the other ability groups. We believe this will complement the role of the Family Support Co-ordinator and enable us to support all the needs of a pupil premium child.

As well as funding these roles, pupil premium money is allocated to a range of initiatives aimed at supporting more disadvantaged pupils, to ensure that they benefit from the same opportunities as other children and to help them reach their full potential. This year we ran a project where we took a group of the children in years 4 and 5 to Green Park for 10 weeks every Tuesday morning. The focus of the project was team building, building self-esteem and increasing self-confidence. The outcomes of this project were very successful with children feeling and looking more confident. They talked more positively about talking challenges in their learning and other aspects of their life. We will be repeating this project next year.

At Aston Clinton School, all initiatives and interventions are evaluated during each academic year and focuses on academic gains and progress made both academically and socially. Where appropriate, changes in attendance, behaviour and attitudes to learning are also monitored.

This year the term ‘Pupil Premium pupil’ has been replaced with the term ‘Disadvantaged pupil’. When looking at the data, the school’s disadvantaged pupils results now are compared to the outcomes of the non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.

When reading the data below, please note that numbers in some year groups can be very small and as such it is difficult to draw generalised conclusions from the data. Also this data gives only a small amount of the information pertaining to the year groups, such as children who join the school in year 6 or those who have special educational needs.

KS1 attainment – Working at the expected standard or above

3 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding in 2016

 

 

Reading

writing

Maths

ACS disadvantaged pupils

33.3%

33.3%

0

ACS non disadvantaged

75%

78.6%

78.6%

National disadvantaged

62%

53%

60%

National non disadvantaged

78%

70%

77%

 

KS2 attainment - Working at the expected standard or above

 

9 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding in 2016

 

 

RWM

Reading

writing

Maths

ACS disadvantaged pupils

44.4%

66.7%

77.8%

77.8%

ACS non disadvantaged

70.5%

88.6%

75%

79.5%

National disadvantaged

39%

53%

64%

53%

National non disadvantaged

60%

71%

79%

71%

 

Progress for KS2

 

This year the data measures the year 6 pupils’ progress across two different curriculums. The KS1 data using levels ( e.g. level 2b, level 2a etc…)the pupils achieved in year 2 is measured against the new expected standard from the 2014 National Curriculum. The scores are based around zero being expected progress. The progress measure can go above and below zero.

 

 

Reading

Writing

Maths

ACS disadvantaged pupils

0.1

-1.1

-1.2

ACS non disadvantaged

2.1

-3.4

-1.2

National expected progress

0

0

0

 



Pupil Premium funding at Aston Clinton School


 

Academic year

Amount received

2011-2012

£12,760

2012-2013

£25,591

2013-2014

£38,949

2014-2015

£51,800

2015-2016

£51,860

2016-2017

£55,060

 

Funding is used to: 

  • Provide pastoral support through the Family Support Coordinator role
  • Fund small group intervention/tuition for focussed areas of learning such as Talk Boost.
  • Fund academic support through the Learning Mentor posts
  • Fund the purchase of relevant resources for the classroom for this group of children to work in.
  • Fund the team building 10 week course at Green Park
  • Fund extra-curricular opportunities offered in school e.g. clubs
  • Provide support with the cost of school trips  and music lessons for pupils eligible for FSM pupils
  • Provide training for staff in grief and bereavement counselling, My Passport training and other courses.
  • Support for Children of Service Families and all other children, who transfer to or from our school.
  • Support for Children of Service Families who may have a parent on deployment


We plan to continually explore ways to spend the money as effectively as possible, and to monitor assessment information closely to assess what is working best.


It is important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or receives a free KS1 school meal, so that we can receive pupil premium funding that we can use to help your child.  

The school office has a simple form that families can use to check their eligibility or you can speak, in confidence, to Mrs Shepherd, the Headteacher; Mrs Rattue, the Learning Mentor, or Mrs Astle, the Family Support Coordinator.