Newlands Spring Primary School Academy Trust

Financial Matters

Pupil Premium

Principles:

At Newlands Spring Primary School:

  • 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.

Provision

The range of provision the school may consider include:

  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
  • 1:1 support
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs or external agencies such as Communications Assistants
  • Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics.
  • All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations with a focus upon English and Maths
  • Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve expected standard in English and Maths
  • Supporting pupil’s emotional well-being through a Learning Mentor, a Family Support Worker or counselling
  • The school will publish information on how they have used their Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.

The pupil Premium Grant Allocation for the Curriculum Year 2015/2016 was  £75,558

The Pupil Premium Grant allocation for 2015/2016 was targeted to the following initiatives:

  • Employment of a Learning Mentor to support pupils’ self-esteem and encourage positive attitudes to learning so that pupils enjoy school and achieve their full potential
  • Employment of a Pastoral Manager to liaise with pupils, parents and outside agencies to ensure a high level of pastoral pupil support.
  • To fund a speech and language assistant through the LDG to support pupils on a 1:1 who have been identified with speech and language difficulties to follow the programme devised by the speech therapist
  • To provide counselling sessions with WHCM through the LDG for pupils experiencing emotional difficulties
  • To provide support for families who may be experiencing difficulties by offering a confidential service with a family support worker from the YMCA through the LDG
  • To provide support for pupils in social skills development for those pupils experiencing difficulties confidence or behaviour issues
  • To provide specialist staff to run a lunchtime club for identified children to support emotional and social skills issues
  • To provide staff with training to assist in their role of supporting pupils with a range of SEN so that pupils make good progress in their learning
  • To fund additional time for data analysis and provision planning relating specifically to vulnerable groups of children
  • To provide booster classes and 1:1 tuition in order to support pupil progress and self-esteem
  • To fund additional Special needs and support staff in order to ensure targeted provision for children needing support

The pupil premium funding has enabled us to provide these interventions and support. As a result, by the time pupils leave the school, at the end of Year 6, the gap between the attainment of our pupils eligible for free school meals and non-free- meal pupils has narrowed. The table below shows the percentage of pupil premium children who attained the expected standard in the 2016 Key Stage 2 tests compared with the cohort as a whole and the results nationally. 

 

School % (Cohort of 58)

Pupil Premium % (Group of 9)

National %
Reading 84.5 88.9 66
Writing 81.0 77.8 74
EGPS 84.5 77.8 72
Maths 87.9 88.9 70

The Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for the Curriculum Year 2016/2017 is forecasted to be £67,782

Following the success of the strategies last year many of these remain the same:

  • Employment of a Learning Mentor to support pupils’ self-esteem and encourage positive attitudes to learning so that pupils enjoy school and achieve their full potential
  • Employment of a Pastoral Manager to liaise with pupils, parents and outside agencies to ensure a high level of pastoral pupil support.
  • To fund a speech and language assistant to support pupils on a 1:1 who have been identified with speech and language difficulties to follow the programme devised by the speech therapist
  • To provide counselling sessions through the YMCA  for pupils experiencing emotional difficulties
  • To provide support for families who may be experiencing difficulties by offering a confidential service with a family support worker from the YMCA
  • To provide support for pupils in social skills development for those pupils experiencing difficulties confidence or behaviour issues
  • To provide specialist staff to run a lunchtime club for identified children to support emotional and social skills issues
  • To provide staff with training to assist in their role of supporting pupils with a range of SEN so that pupils make good progress in their learning
  • To fund additional time for data analysis and provision planning relating specifically to vulnerable groups of children
  • To provide booster classes and 1:1 tuition in order to support pupil progress and self-esteem
  • To fund additional Special needs and support staff in order to ensure targeted provision for children needing support
  • To provide “Sing and Grow” opportunities for invited pupils and parents at the time of induction into Foundation Stage

PE and Sports Premium

The government award a grant to every school each year to support children’s participation in PE and sport. The money spent is ring fenced and the school is held accountable for how they have used the funding and the impact that this has had on pupils participation and progress.

At Newlands Spring Primary School we aim to use the funding to

  • Engage all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles.
  • Raise the profile of PE and sport across the school.
  • Increase the confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.
  • Broaden the sporting opportunities and experiences available to pupils.
  • Increase the participation in competitive sport.

The PE and Sport Premium Grant allocation for the academic year 2015/2016 was £9,740.

The PE and Sport Premium Grant for this year continued to be used to fund the membership of the Chelmsford Schools Sports Partnership, staff training and the lunchtime football sessions. It was also used to subsidise a KS1 and KS2 Gym club, a lunchtime KS1 multi-sports club and a KS2 dodgeball club. It also contributed towards the funding of the top playground refurbishment and the purchase of new PE equipment.

This year we have seen an increase of 5% in the amount of children taking part in more than one extra-curricular sport a week, broadening their sporting experiences and increasing their health and fitness. The increase in the number of extra-curricular opportunities has helped to raise the profile of PE and sport across the school. Contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of the top playground and purchasing new equipment has enabled teachers to teach PE more effectively and safely. Staff training, offered as part of the membership to the Chelmsford Schools Sports Partnership, has increased the staff’s knowledge and confidence in teaching Gymnastics. The subscription to Chelmsford Schools Sports Partnership continues to support all young people to lead active, healthy physical lifestyles by providing:  opportunities to try a range of sports, support and opportunities for our gifted and talented children and competition participation. Being part of this organisation has enabled Newlands Spring to achieve the Active Essex Award for KS1 and the Bronze Kitemark Award for KS2, raising the profile of PE and sport in school.

The PE and Sport Premium Grant allocation for the academic year 2016/2017 is £9,740,  payable in two instalments (Autumn 2016, Spring 2017)

The Primary Sport Premium Development Plan 2016/2017 outlines how Newlands Spring primary School plans to use the PE and Sport Premium Grant for this year.