Pupil Premium

dsc01196What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that have been in care (LAC) for one day or more and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The current amount of money allocated per eligible pupil is £1, 320.

Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium.

Context

Dukesgate Academy is a smaller than average primary school in one of the most deprived areas of Salford. At Dukesgate Academy we aim to ensure that all pupils make good progress. All indicators and proxy-indicators show a school that supports pupils with a range of significant challenges and barriers to success. Deprivation is significantly greater than national average, proportions of pupils with SEN/D are greater than national figures and the number of pupils eligible for free school meals are significantly above national average.

How much Pupil Premium Grant does Dukesgate Academy receive?

For the academic year 2015 – 16, we received the sum of £178,200 . There were 135 pupils eligible for PPG which represented 72.2% of the number of pupils on roll.

For the academic year 2016-17, we will receive the sum of £179,520. There are currently 136 pupils eligible for the grant, which represents 69% of our total number of pupils on roll.

How have spent the PPG during 2015 – 16?

We have spent our PPG in the following ways to improve the attainment and progress of eligible children, thereby narrowing the gap between Free School Meals (FSM) and Non-FSM pupils.

  • Funding for a full time Inclusion Leader to provide support for vulnerable and targeted pupils.
  • Providing 1:1 tuition through booster groups for targeted children.
  • Funding two additional teachers; one in Early Years and one in Key Stage 2 – Y6.
  • Purchasing additional Educational Psychologist hours to provide support for vulnerable pupils and learners.
  • Purchasing weekly Speech and Language Therapist time to  promote language development throughout school and maintain Communication Friendly School Status (CFS).
  • Purchasing additional whole school assessment resources to continue tracking and monitoring progress of targeted groups of pupils.
  • Employing additional teaching assistants to support vulnerable pupils
  • Funding a free Breakfast Club for targeted pupils
  • Subsidizing a week’s outdoor and adventurous holiday at Lledr Hall for Y6
  • Subsidizing trips, visits, extra-curricular clubs and enrichment activities for all pupils.

How will we spend the PPG during 2016 – 17?

For the year 2016 -17 we intend to spend our PPG in the following ways:

  • Funding for a full time Inclusion Leader to provide support for vulnerable and targeted pupils.
  • Providing 1:1 tuition through booster groups for more able and targeted groups of children.
  • Purchasing additional whole school assessment resources to track and monitor progress of targeted groups of pupils.
  • Purchasing additional whole school ICT resources to raise standards in phonics, spelling & mathematical skills for targeted groups of pupils.
  • Funding an additional experienced teacher to work in Early Years & Key Stage 1 to support targeted pupils in identified areas of learning.
  • Funding an additional senior teacher in Key Stage 2 to support targeted pupils.
  • Purchasing additional hours from the Educational Psychology Service to provide staff CPD. Also to work with identified staff and pupils supporting identified need.
  • Purchasing Speech and Language Therapy 1 day per week throughout the year.
  • Further ELKLAN training for all support staff
  • Employing additional skilled teaching assistants to work with senior staff to support vulnerable pupils and deliver interventions .
  • Funding for a Breakfast Club.
  • Subsidising a week’s outdoor and adventurous holiday at Lledr Hall for Y6
  • Subsidising trips, visits, extra-curricular clubs and enrichment activities for all pupils.

Impact

A statistical break-down of the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is available as a PDF.

Conclusion

The use of the Pupil Premium Grant at Dukesgate has had a significant positive impact on the following:

  • Attainment at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 as measured against national expectations
  • Progress as measured against national expectations
  • Where there has been a negative gap, this has mostly reflected the national picture
  • Attendance

All of these factors when taken together are narrowing the gaps between pupils eligible for PPG and their more affluent peers and indicate that the PPG is having a positive impact on achievement.

Next Steps

We will continue to build on the progress made, monitoring and tracking the use of the PPG to ensure it continues to have an impact on all groups of pupils who receive it, especially the more able. The PPG is being used to raise attainment by targeting the more able pupils to achieve above national expectations at the end of each age phase.

Termly reviews of the impact of PPG are held by the Local Governing Body and the Headteacher.