Background to the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is a government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at students from deprived backgrounds. Research has indicated that students from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The pupil premium is provided in order to support these students in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress.
The government has used students entitled to free school meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation. They have provided a fixed amount of funding to schools per student, based upon the number of pupils that have registered for free school meals (currently or within the previous six academic years) and those that have been looked after by the local authority (within the previous six months).
Our Pupil Premium Spend – previous academic year(2015-16)
In 2015-16 Stoneleigh Academy received a pupil premium grant of £187,802 During this academic year Stoneleigh Academy was part of a different multi-academy trust and was also led by a previous head teacher. As a consequence of this, there is limited information currently available about the exact nature and impact of the pupil premium grant during the previous academic year. However, we are understand that the following provision was funded using pupil premium:
Hive provision (nurture group)
Additional external support including play therapy, educational psychology and counselling
Additional teaching assistant support
Breakfast club staffing and provision
Provision of after school clubs including purchase of equipment
Funding for educational visits for disadvantaged children
Our Pupil Premium Spend – current academic year (2016-17)
In 2016-17 Stoneleigh Academy will receive a projected pupil premium grant of £198,000.
There are currently approximately 150 children on roll who are eligible for the PPG.
We aim to formally review our pupil premium spending and its impact on an annual basis, reporting in July of each year and presented to the full governing body for review.
At Stoneleigh Academy the main barriers to educational achievement for our disadvantaged children are often accessing English as a second language and lack of a broad vocabulary which has an impact on their reading and writing skills. Many pupils have not had the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural activities such as visiting the theatre or museum, which limits their contextual understanding. In addition, a number of our pupils have challenging home lives which can leave them feeling anxious or distressed, which is not conducive to good academic learning.
We use a research-based approach to allocating our pupil premium funding with the report published jointly by the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment being a major factor in our decision making. For this reason we plan to spend our pupil premium in the current academic year in the following way:
Pastoral support – Hive nurture group
This specialist provision is staffed by at least two staff members and provides a nurturing environment for pupils who require additional social support in order to access their education. This is often, but not always, due to a turbulent home life and/or limited opportunities to expand their vocabulary and learn social skills at home. Children’s progress is monitored using the Boxall Profile plus professional opinion of their progress. This allows us to demonstrate the impact of this intervention.
Cost of provision: Resources £5000, Training £7000, Staffing £65000
Pastoral support – play therapist
We employ a fully qualified play therapist who works in the academy half time (Mon-Wed am) and works individually with children referred to her and their parents. Through play, pupils are often able to express their anxiety and distress and work towards resolving this as it provides a more gentle way of covering difficult issues. Children’s progress is monitored by the play therapist who keep confidential records of all interactions.
Cost of provision: Staffing, resources and supervision £20000
Academic support – RWI resources and training
Read, Write, Inc is a proven and leading reading programme which takes children from first steps in recognising written letters and sounds through to comprehension skills. All our children are assessed half termly and put into small groups of pupils at the same stage in their learning to ensure that they me swift progress. This intervention is delivered by a range of staff within the academy one hour per day. In order to facilitate this we have a TA who co-ordinates this programme as well as specific senior leadership support. In addition we also offer Fresh Start which is a reading recovery programme for our older pupils in Y5 and Y6 who require some additional support. This is delivered in a similar manner to RWI but uses materials that are more age-appropriate. The impact of this programme can be easily measured through the half termly individual assessment of the children.
Cost of provision: Resources £7000, Training £6000, Staffing £33000
Leadership support – specialist in challenging schools
The academy is currently employing an interim principal who has received extensive specialist training in leading challenging schools where there is a higher than average percentage of pupils who qualify for pupil premium funding. She has specialist expertise and knowledge of interventions that work to maximise the progress of pupils who may be disadvantaged. The impact of this specialist support will be monitored by the academy trust who will conduct regular formal monitoring of the leadership and progress of the academy.
Cost of provision: Contribution to salary £17000
Cultural support – Funding of educational visits
We aim to broaden the cultural and social experiences of all our pupils, but especially our pupils who are disadvantaged. For this reason we have put aside an amount of pupil premium funding to ensure that our disadvantaged pupils are fully funded for educational visits and trips. The impact of this funding is difficult to demonstrate as its effects cannot easily be isolated. However, a focus group of pupils will be established towards the end of the year to elicit their views on the impact that these visits have had on their education.
Cost of provision: Set aside to fund visits £8000
EAL support – additional TA time to support EAL pupils
We employ a teaching assistant who has many years of experience working with pupils whose first language is not English. She has time on a daily basis to spend with pupils who require some additional support in this area and helps pupils to quickly integrate into academy life and access their learning in English. The progress of EAL pupils’ language acquisition skills is measured formally in the academy and recorded on the January census as well as being part of the half-termly assessment of individual pupils.
Cost of provision: Resouces £3000, Staffing £19000
In addition to the above we have set aside a small amount of funding that is not currently allocated to ensure that we can swiftly meet any specific needs of our disadvantaged children eg uniform provision.
Cost of provision: Set aside £8000
PE and sport premium
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per year for the academic years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE
- New or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.
How will we be spending the sports funding and who will it benefit?
The governors agree that the money must be used so that all children can benefit regardless of the sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in more advanced competitions and that staff have access to training opportunities and good professional development.
In 2016/17 Stoneleigh Academy will receive £8890 of sports premium funding. We intend to spend the funding in the following way:
Providing specialist PE teaches to deliver some PE sessions thus providing a method of coaching and modelling as a form of professional development for classroom staff - £2000
Providing after-school clubs with specialist provision - £800 put aside to buy in specialist sports coach to run after school club(s).
Opportunities for pupils to compete against other local schools in a range of sporting areas - £1000 for membership of local competitive sports league and transport to fixtures.
Provision of sports and PE equipment to enhance current facilities - £3000
Provision of upgrade to outdoor learning area for Early Years to enhance opportunities for physical movement - £2000
Miscellaneous funding £90 put aside for opportunistic provision
We expect these improvements to be sustainable because they either build sporting and PE expertise within the academy team or they provide equipment and resource areas to enhance the longer term opportunities for physical education and sports within the academy.
How was the sports funding spent last year and who benefited?
In 2015/16 Stoneleigh Academy received £8775 of sports premium funding. During this academic year Stoneleigh Academy was part of a different multi-academy trust and was also led by a previous head teacher. As a consequence of this, there is limited information currently available about the exact nature and longer term legacy of the sport premium grant during the previous academic year. However, we are understand that a significant portion of the funding was spent on ensuring that all pupils have a strong foundation in swimming. In addition there were competitive opportunities locally and a specialist sports coach was employed within the academy to raise standards in PE and sports throughout the academy. As a result the majority of our pupils are now able to reach the minimum expectation of being able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres which is a core life saving skills. In addition, the legacy of the PE coach is that we have a robust scheme of learning for PE.