The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to help raise attainment of those pupils who may be disadvantaged or vulnerable to underachievement.
Statement of spend of pupil premium for academic year 2015-16
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), Looked After Children and children from Service families by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
As a school we have prioritised the Pupil Premium funding to address the following issues:
During the academic year 2015 – 2016 Marchbank Free School received £28,000 in pupil premium funding and used it to benefit pupils in receipt of pupil premium by-
Employing a home-school support worker to support parents, families and children in a supportive relationship with school to raise the value of the progress of their child and to help address issues that affected attendance.
Employed the services of occupational therapists from Future Steps OT consultancy - Children throughout the school have accessed a programme developing their fine and gross motor skills weekly and individual children (42% of current cohort) have been assessed and accessed intensive sensory integration therapy from highly qualified occupational therapists. Significant progress has been achieved and outcomes can be demonstrated. Marchbank staff have also received training in identifying and meeting sensory issues within the classroom environment and resources have been purchased.
All children took part in a multi-sensory approach to improving writing skills. All children made progress during this programme.
Provided social activities as rewards for positive behaviour and engagement which encouraged children to attain highly in school. This system manages behaviours to allow staff to maximise teaching and learning opportunities which in turn enables children to make good progress.
Provided group trips to reward children for good attendance at school.
Provided breakfast so that 93% of children had breakfast (cereal, milk or fruit) on arrival at school ensuring that children were content and comfortable and provided a meaningful and calm start to the day ensuring they were ready to engage with their learning on arrival in the classroom.
Funded training and resources for a reading intervention. All children who accessed the Catch-Up programme made at least expected progress in reading with some individuals making better than expected progress. All of the children demonstrated a raised self-esteem in relation to reading and read at home with their parents/ carers.
Funded an online reading, spelling and writing intervention programme called Lexia which was used consistently throughout the school for identified children which helped all children to make expected progress in reading across the school.
Provided electronic readers for identified children which has helped to engage them in reading.
Funded a peripatetic music teacher who delivers weekly lessons to whole classes and individuals in reading music and playing the recorder.
Targeted PP children have been afforded the opportunity to have lessons in playing the clarinet. These children have all engaged in this and are making good progress, developing an understanding and a love of music.
Fully funded or subsidised costs for individuals to take part in enrichment activities; visiting drama groups and enrichment activities at least three times per year.
Provided school uniforms for all children who are eligible for PP who join Marchbank which helps families and ensures children have a sense of belonging and pride in their new school.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school head teachers. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in school. Marchbank expects to receive £8200.