Pupil Premium & EYPP Information

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2016  -2017

 

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional money allocated to the academy for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free school meals (FSM) and to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

Context of Academy

The academy serves an area of very high social deprivation. The Local Authority index of deprivation places the school amongst the most deprived in the authority on all indicators. We are in the highest school deprivation indicator percentile in RAISE (0.39) Our free school meals is well above national averages and in the highest percentile on RAISE. The vast majority of pupils are White British with a very small minority speaking English as an additional language. Stability is variable and we have a few pupils who join or leave throughout the year. School assessments show that pupil’s attainment on entry is very significantly lower than expected for their age. The weakest area is communication, language and literacy, particularly speech and language development.

Thus, many of our children and their parents/carers are in homes where there is a considerable amount of disadvantage and require a high level of nurture and support. A significant number of our children and their families are involved with family services or other agencies and supported through CP, CIN or TAC. 

 Strategy for the Academy's use of Pupil Premium

At Grange Lane we believe that no pupil should be left behind and adopt a "keep up not catch up" philosophy. To this end we ensure on a daily basis that all pupils have the necessary support in order for them to meet their individual targets and reach their potential and make progress from their various starting points. Underpinning everything we do here is a belief that no barrier is too difficult to overcome. Everyone at Grange Lane is committed to caring for all our children, regardless of ability, background or culture and to matching provision to the child.  It is our aim to ensure that every child is able to enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. To this end, Grange Lane has developed very effective working relationships with other support agencies; professionals; community groups and academies within the Delta group. We have also developed very good and consistent engagement with parents including regular family learning sessions which are attended by the vast majority of parents/carers.

We review the school's pupil premium strategy on a yearly basis ( next review Autumn 2017).

Objectives of Pupil Premium Spending

  • To provide high quality teaching and learning experiences for all children to overcome educational disadvantage and deprivation.
  • To diminish the differences for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils through targeted intervention and support.
  • To provide an exciting curriculum which provides a wide range of “first hand” learning experiences to broaden our children’s knowledge and experience of the world around them.
  • To provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities to broaden children’s learning experiences and to foster and develop each child’s interests and talents.
  • Accelerate progress with the aim of all Pupil Premium and looked after pupils making more than expected progress during the academic year
  • Close the attainment of pupils compared to national data and PP/LAC pupils
  • Achieve or exceed expected progress from EYFS to end KS1

 

Amount of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Received including Early Years Pupil Premium.

In 2015-2016 the level of the premium was £1,300 per pupil eligible for FSM and £1,900 for those in care. During this period, Grange Lane Academy received a total of £91,000.

In addition we receive 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been adopted or in care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. In the summer term 2015 we received £1446.90 additional EYPP. In the Autumn term we received £1,132.88 and in the Spring term 2016 we received £1272.00

In 2015-16 we spent the Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:

  • We ensured that we maintained small, single year group classes to ensure all our children are well supported with a full time Teaching Assistant attached to every class with 1:1 support for children with complex needs
  • A fully trained, non-class based HLTA worked 1-1 with pupils to accelerate progress in reading and writing.
  • Support staff are highly trained with specific expertise to deliver a wide range of focused, small group and 1-1 intervention sessions
  • We employed a part time PSA who supports families with any parenting concerns they may have, including attendance and welfare issues, behaviour support and parenting classes as required. We also shared an inclusion manager with the Junior school.
  • We also employed a part time Attendance Officer to provide targeted family support to promote good attendance. Linked to attendance the school shop rewards good attendance and this and other attendance prizes are provided by Pupil Premium Funding.
  • We provided a wide range of free extended school activities, during lunchtime and after school, including IPad clubs, choir and gardening club.
  • We provided access to trips/visits by subsidising the financial costs.
  • We provided free family learning sessions (8 per term which are always very well attended by parents/carers).
  • We ran a free breakfast club and use Pupil Premium funding to employ staff.
  • We also used EYPP funding to employ an additional member of staff to work within F1 to support speech and language development.
  • Family learning improves parental engagement
  • Enrichment is subsidised to enable all children to access trips and clubs


 

Summary of PPG Spending Academic Year 2016/17

At Grange Lane Academy we use our funding in a range of ways to narrow the attainment gaps between FSM and non-FSM pupils and to support the attainment of our looked after children:

  • We ensure that we maintain small, single year group classes and all our children are well supported with a full time Teaching Assistant attached to every class. Children with complex needs receive additional support.
  • A fully trained, non-class based HLTA who works 1-1 with pupils to accelerate progress in reading and writing.
  • Support staff are highly trained with specific expertise to deliver a wide range of focused, small group and 1-1 intervention sessions
  • We employ a Pastoral Manager (4 days a week) who supports families with any parenting concerns they may have, including attendance and welfare issues, behaviour support and parenting classes as required. She also supports vulnerable pupils with 1:1 and group interventions.
  • We also employ a part time Attendance Officer to provide targeted family support to promote good attendance. Linked to attendance the school shop rewards good attendance and this and other attendance prizes are provided by Pupil Premium Funding.
  • We provide a wide range of free extended school activities, during lunchtime and after school, including IPad clubs, choir and gardening club.
  • We provide access to trips/visits by subsidising the financial costs.
  • We provide free family learning sessions (8 per term which are always very well attended by parents/carers).
  • We run a free breakfast club and use Pupil Premium funding to employ staff.
  • We have also used EYPP funding to employ an additional member of staff to work within F1 to support speech and language development.

 

The Impact of Pupil Premium Funding 

  • The deployment of TAs across the academy has meant that learning is personalised in small groups or on a 1:1 basis to meet the needs of all the children
  • This includes: Read Write Inc. small groups (<20), 1:1 work with the HLTA, Speech amd Language support. The impact of this is to ensure every child in school makes progress
  • 2016 EYFS results were at national(69%) due to this small group emphasis on basic skill
  • 2016 Phonics results  were above nationla (86%)
  • Whilst 2016 KS1 results were below national averages the progress made in reading and writing were above national ( compared to EYFS results)
  • The PSA supported vulnerable families and removed barries to acess the curriculum
  • The EWO support ensured there were no gaps between individual groups and whilst we acknowledge attendance is still an issue all procedures are secure and rigorous
  • The free Breakfast club has a nurturing role and ensires children enter school well-nourished and ready to learn.