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The Government provide schools with additional funding for those children who are having or have received free school meals (FSM) or whose parents are in the armed forces. We had 34 children who received PPF at £1300 per head generating £47,562.00 .
The main barriers for learning do vary from child to child. Most PPF children do not have any special educational need or disability and some children can be able. The majority typically are lower attaining because they have gaps in their knowledge and understanding in the core skills of Reading, Writing and Mathematics and not necessarily because they have lower ability. The children who are not achieving as well tend to typically have lower self-esteem than many of their peers, are not always consistently supported with their learning at home and have had less opportunities to take part in and mix with other children in structured activities outside of school.
The funding for these children is used to raise attainment by meeting the following needs in trying to breakdown barriers to educational achievement;
1. Basic needs: School uniform and stationery to help boost self-esteem in feeling part of a team.
2. Study Support: in class TA support and/or additional tuition. Reading Books and ICT support at home to help close any gaps in their learning.
3. Extended opportunities: free access to after school clubs, activities and residential visits to encourage a broader range of skills and activities to further enhance self-esteem, well-being, personal and social skills.
Spending for Financial Year 2015-16;
Uniform and Stationery; £452
Additional Teacher and Teaching Assistant hours; £37,057
Additional out of school hours tuition; £2,388
‘Hudl Project; enabling access to ICT out of school; £800
School Residential/school visits; £3,513
Out of School Clubs; £1,274
Additional Music Tuition; £1,896
At the end of Key Stage 2 in 2016-17, 8 children had received ‘Pupil Premium Funding’. 62.5% of those children met the combined age-related expectations in Reading SATs (75%), Writing Teacher Assessments (62.5%) and Mathematics SATs (62.5%), compared to 62.7% who received no funding. We currently have no national PPF data to make a comparison.
We are currently waiting for confirmation of our school’s and national progress results for PPF and non-PPF children. Our internal records for teacher assessment show that our PPF children made 22.8 points or steps overall in key stage 2 (Reading 23.4, Writing 22.0 and Mathematics 22.9) compared to 23.2 points overall for non-PPF children (Reading 23.1, Writing 23.1 and Mathematics 23.2).
The 8 children that make up this years report have been receiving support through pupil premium funding for 4 years across Key Stage 2.
‘Closing the Gap’: For this particular cohort of children their overall attainment under the new curriculum shows that both for attainment and progress that achievement is similar to their peers. Over the last 4 years there has been steady progress in ‘closing the gap’.
There still remains a gap between attainment of pupil premium funded children and those that receive no funding in other years that we must continue to address. However we must be very cautious when comparing figures due to us having such a small number of children receiving PPF funding; in 2016-17 a PPF child is worth 13.6% compared to 1 non-PPF child being worth 1.7%. So if 1 PPF pupil child either makes the appropriate attainment or progress, or not, it can have a significantly different impact on our results!
The next review of the school’s PPF strategy will be in the Autumn term 2017 to reflect on the achievement of the 2016-17 cohort of children and what further actions need to be taken moving forward into 2017-18 and beyond.