The Pupil Premium Grant is awarded to schools for the number of children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
For the academic year 2020 – 2021 the school was allocated £4035 for 3 pupils who receive Free School Meals and £11725 for the post looked after children.
This was used to fund extra teaching assistant hours to support those children who needed support with their learning.
Post LAC often need extra support with their well-being and emotional issues. This money was also used to provide one to one sessions to support these children and those with attachment disorder.
Through lockdown we offered further support for those families who needed well-being support and we involved the Family Support Worker where we felt there was a need within the family.
There were no assessments for us to measure progress however their progress in class was assessed and all, by the end of the year, had become more independent and had made small steps forward with their learning.
The level of the premium in 2021-22 for free school meals is £1345 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and £2345 for pupils who are post looked after children (LAC). William Ransom was awarded £4035 but expects to receive £5380 for FSM and £9380 for post LAC pupils.
This will be used to support activities to benefit the children to whom it is allocated.
It is also used to fund additional teaching assistant hours across the school to support the learning of those pupils with additional needs. It allows for small group work where we can pinpoint the exact nature of the need and then set up a prescriptive program for the individual child. Intervention strategies have been put in place for these children.
We have one teaching assistant trained in attachment disorder. We would like to extend this to training a senior member of staff and another teaching assistant as the number of Post LAC appears to be increasing across the school.
The additional teaching assistant hours have also allowed us to set up social skills groups where we can target certain pupils and through ‘Pupil Voice’ ensure those who are vulnerable have a means to discuss their issues in a one to one situation. Recent research on ‘Pupil Voice’ indicates pupils are now more willing to discuss their concerns with a known adult.
Previous results across the school show that the early identification of pupils with needs, means that those pupils are at least achieving, and many exceeding, the expected levels at the end of key stages.
If you think you might be entitled to free school meals please look at https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Or come and talk to someone in the office at school.
If you think we do not know that your children adopted please come in and talk to Mrs Driver. All matters will be dealt with confidentially.
Pupil Premium will be reviewed in July 2022