The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequality nationally between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
At Riverside Junior School the targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed;
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged;
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged;
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time
The range of provision the Governors may consider making for this group could include:
- Maintaining high levels of experienced teachers, support staff and smaller classes
- Providing small group work with an experienced teachers focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs or external agencies
The majority of our work funded through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress and moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in English and Maths
Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to secure above age related expectations.
Use of the Pupil Premium in 2015 / 2016
Riverside Junior School was allocated £41 340 for the financial year 2015- 2016. These funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).
The funding has been used as follows:
- to maintain existing levels of highly-skilled and experienced teachers and teaching assistants within smaller classes, providing a low pupil:adult ratio to boost attainment in reading, writing and maths;
- to provide specific training and resources for effective teaching and learning, pupil tracking and times tables resources;
- to partly fund the employment and professional development of a full-time Learning Mentor, working with vulnerable children to remove barriers to learning including poor social skills, anger management issues, speaking and listening difficulties etc;
- to employ teaching assistants to deliver targeted phonics and maths support;
- to fund play therapy and after school care for disadvantaged pupils
The percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving L4 or above in reading, writing and maths at the end of KS2 was 70% in 2015.
100% of children with low prior attainment achieved at least two levels progress in reading with %100 of the same group of children making at least two levels of progress in reading, writing and maths.