TRINITY ST MARY’S C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING REPORT 2016 – 2017
“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”
At Trinity St Mary’s Church of England Primary School we believe that all our pupils should feel unique, valued and special. We do our utmost to ensure that our pupils are safe, happy and ready to learn; confident to fly.
Pupil Premium funding applies to all pupils who have been entitled to free school meals at any time over the last six years, looked after children and children from service families. The aim of the funding is to improve pupil attainment and achievement and to help overcome any barriers to learning.
In addition to reviewing the expenditure and impact from 2015 – 2016, we have looked closely at research on the impact of pupil premium funding on attainment from the Education Endowment Foundation and Ofsted to help us plan our pupil premium funding expenditure for 2016 – 2017. The most significant strategies which have impacted on our pupils’ attainment and learning progress are as follows: receiving precise feedback about successes and next steps in learning, developing metacognitive skills (knowing what you know and what you need to do to improve), small group work and one/two to one tuition.
At Trinity St Mary’s Church of England Primary School we have high expectations for all our pupils and support our pupils to become successful independent learners, developing in them a real sense of ownership of their learning. So we have made sure that our marking, adult feedback and next steps to learning are consistently embedded throughout our school. From concise feedback linked directly to the end of year expectations our pupils know what they need to do to improve their learning. External consultants reviewing our school during 2015 – 2016 have praised the quality of our pupils’ work, the quality of feedback and the dialogue that takes place between our teachers and pupils in respect of their learning. We will ensure that this continues during 2016 – 2017.
From reviewing our pupil premium spending and impact 2015 - 2016 and looking at the above mentioned research, we concentrated on high quality small group and two/one to one, focused teaching for 2015 to 2016. To facilitate this, we used a substantial portion of our pupil premium funding to enable teacher, HLTA and designated TA time for Maths and English in small groups or two/one to one support. Under the guidance of qualified teachers, HLTAs and designated TAs, any gaps can be quickly identified and the pupils’ specific learning needs can be better met. Work by our designated teachers, HLTAs and TAs, in conjunction with class teachers, was used at our school to continually assess and precisely target interventions to address gaps in attainment for those entitled to pupil premium funding.
We ensured that ongoing monitoring and review took place as follows:
We used teacher assessment information to evaluate pupil attainment linked to National Curriculum end of year expectations at the end of each half term
Pupil Progress meetings were held with our class teachers each half term
Pupil Progress and Well-being meetings were held each half term for our parents in receipt of free school meals with our Inclusion Manager
We held half termly Inclusion Strategy meetings, comprising teaching staff and designated governors where we reviewed the well-being and achievement/attainment of all pupils on our Inclusion Register (including those in receipt of pupil premium funding)
As a result of these measures we regularly checked the impact of the interventions on pupils’ well-being and achievement/attainment and changes were made according to individual needs as necessary. We believe that the involvement of all our stakeholders was key to the positive impact that the pupil premium funding had during 2015 - 2016 at our school. Therefore we will continue our support and challenge classes and the one/two-to-one work this year, 2016 – 2017.
In respect of the well-being of our pupils entitled to free school meals, we will continue to fund after school clubs, curriculum enrichment activities for pupils such as free educational visits, specialist music tuition and Forest Schools. We will also provide access to targeted interventions relating to pupil self-esteem and confidence. In addition we will provide classroom resources where/when needs are identified. These activities will be planned as a consequence of findings from talking to and listening to our pupils and parents and the feedback they give us. Our aim is always to determine what helps our pupils to learn better, what they enjoy at school and what would further improve their time at school.
For full details of our Pupil Premium funding and impact for 2015 – 2016 and for our projected spending for 2016 – 2017, please look at our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement October 2016.