Historically the children entitled to pupil premium have been very academically successful at St Joseph's. Up to 2013 every child met the expected Level 4 standards in all areas. Further analysis however showed no children entitled to pupil premium met the more rigorous Level 5 however. This position was rectified in 2014 and 2015 with Level 5's and Level 6's being attained.
In 2016 the new assessment system was implemented at KS2 and this created a "blip" year where the seven children entitled to PP in Year Six scored 95 raw points or more except those with profound special needs. These children had gained from additional booster classes both inside and beyond the school day and the support of Mrs Whybrew, funded from the pupil premium allocation.
In early years the need to focus on speaking and listening both within the PP cohort and beyond means we have switched some of the allocation to support an additional nursery nurse to promote achievement of EAL children.
The table below shows progress in year for 2016 17 of children entitled to pupil premium and predictions for end of year outcomes. In the few cases where this is problematic individual support plans are in place. Also on that document the progress of children known to social care is identified and the needs of these children are reflected in the decision to fund a school counsellor from pupil premim as a means to raise attainment.
Allocation for 2016 / 17
The allocation for St. Joseph’s for the pupil premium was £70,000
Total allocation.excluding additional management time for programmes: £70,000.
Use of pupil premium 2015 / 2016
Review of outcomes: July 2015
The pupil premium is a fund designed to reduce inequality between groups of pupils.
The funding is generated by the number of children on free school meals. St. Joseph’s has a relatively small number of children on free school meals and the evidence from Raise on Line tells a positive story. However we have a large number of children from families who may be categorised as the working poor and as a school we greatly value the social message that parents enter employment to earn their money.
In reception the percentage of children achieving a good level of development across the school was 72%. For the three children entitled to pupil premium none gained a good level of development whilst two did score 100% of the prime goals but only one scored 100% in the specific goals. The challenge is quite clearly in the specific areas of literacy and numeracy, though a crossover of SEN/FSM is a factor for some. This gap is too large and specific focus on these children in Year One and now for the new cohort in reception is producing good outcomes.
The Year One Phonics data is based on a cohort of 0 children.
The Year two phonics retest had ten children entitled to pupil premium undertake the assessment with 70% success rate. Of the three other children one missed the pass mark by a single mark and the other two have specific learning needs with provision in place.
The KS1 data for FSM is based on a cohort of ten children but these children were not far off line with the achievement of all children in school (APS 13.9 against average of 15.8) with nationally 16.1.
Across the subjects the story is in each set. The first score is school pupil premium outcome in APS, the second is school average and the third is national average.
Reading: 14.2 16.0 16.6
Writing: 14.0 15.5 15.3
Maths: 13.6 15.9 16.4
The KS2 data is based on a cohort of four children. Using the same process as above the Level 4+ scores are really pleasing.
M,R and W 100, 92, 70
Maths 100, 93, 80
Writing 100, 95, 87
EGPS 100, 92, 80
Our value added scores over the past three years have risen too, from 99.8 to 100.8 in 2013 and 101.5 in 2014. All subject scores are over 100 as well. Both closing the gap data and expected progress data is positive.
A school issue in the past was how few children entitled to pupil premium achieved Level 5 (we only began entering for Level 6 in 2014). The data for L5 in 2015 is:
MRW 25, 33, 24
Maths 25, 53, 41
Writing 50, 42, 36
EGPS 100, 75, 55
This data shows that we are good at closing the gap in higher attainment as compared to all pupil premium children nationally but our own more able children are still at a disadvantage within our school.
Tracking across other year groups indicates that almost all children are on track compared to their peers and where they are not in every case there is a plan, either from SEN or pupil premium to meet the need.
Impact of funding allocation last year beyond assessment results
School counsellor: see annual report
T.A. for ASD: no exclusions or incidents of serious behaviour issues from children with ASD since the system was instituted. Children with challenges managing their anger use the specialist TA to seek support before issues reach crisis point. All our children with ASD are included in playground activities and/or monitored in their solo activity to ensure no incidents of bullying occur.
Allocation for 2015 / 16
The evidence is clear, we need to focus more on children entitled to pupil premium in the early years, therefore the practice to date has been successful at narrowing the gap to Level 4 but more innovative projects are needed to address the need at higher levels of attainment.
The decision was made therefore to use the pupil premium to maintain successful inclusion programmes which would have otherwise been at risk of being withdrawn due to budget constraints and to utilise a teacher on a 0.2 contract to research, plan and implement innovative strategies for children initially in Years 2 and 6 who are entitled to, or share the characteristics of children entitled to pupil premium.
The allocation for St. Joseph’s for the pupil premium was £66,000
Total allocation.excluding additional management time for programmes: £66,000.
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