What 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.
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 did Dukesgate Academy receive in 2016 – 17?
For the academic year 2016 – 17, we received the sum of £172,920 which we have spent to improve the attainment and progress of eligible children, thereby narrowing the gap between Free School Meals (FSM) and Non-FSM pupils.
What are the main barriers to educational achievement at Dukesgate?
- Social and economic factors, including limited life experiences.
- Safeguarding and emotional barriers
- Low baseline of attainment on entry to Early Years.
- Speech and language development is poor
- Low aspirations or value for education
- Mobility of pupils
What actions did we take to overcome these barriers and why?
- Funding for a full time Inclusion Leader provided support for vulnerable and targeted pupils ensuring emotional needs are met and pupils access learning.
- Providing 1:1 tuition through booster groups for more able and targeted groups of children ensured pupils reached their full academic potential.
- 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 supported 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 provided 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 to work in EYs.
- Further ELKLAN training for all support staff so they can deliver speech and language programmes to children in EYs and KS1.
- Employing additional skilled teaching assistants to work with senior staff to support vulnerable pupils and deliver interventions to promote well-being for those children who have experienced trauma and loss.
- Funding for a Breakfast Club to ensure a settled start to the day for all pupils
- Subsidising a week’s outdoor and adventurous holiday at Lledr Hall for Y6 to enhance their life experiences and provide access regardless of socio-economic status
- Subsidising trips, visits, extra-curricular clubs and enrichment activities for all pupils to inspire and encourage love of learning and
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
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.
How much Pupil Premium Grant has Dukesgate Received for 2017 – 18
For the academic year 2017 – 18, we have received the sum of £178,200 which we will spend in a similar way to address the barriers to achievement at Dukesgate described above. Our aim will be to improve the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for the grant and to narrow the attainment gap between those pupils.
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.