What is Pupil Premium?
Pupils who receive Free School Meals, or who are entitled to claim them (regardless of whether parents choose to receive the meal or not) receive an extra sum of money in the school budget. This is the same for Looked After children.
Objectives of Pupil Premium spending
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to diminish the difference between Pupil Premium and non Pupil Premium children. Historically levels of attainment nationally have been lower for those pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals. At Great Kimble School every child matters: our aim is for each child to develop to their full potential.
As with all our pupils, each child is treated as an individual. We acknowledge that all children develop at different rates: however the extra funds received from the Government help us to run extra targeted interventions to try to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. It also allows us to provide further aspirations for pupils through giving them a wider range of experiences than they may otherwise have.
The governing body scrutinises how this extra money is spent to ensure that the identified pupils benefit from the extra funding. The Headteacher meets with the Pupil Premium Governor on a termly basis to review the impact of the spending.
Pupil Premium 2015-16
Owing to the need for confidentiality within a very small school, the individual impact of pupil premium cannot be published. However, in the academic year 2015-16 there were 5 pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium. The school has received a total of £5672.00 this academic year. The spending of this money is monitored by our Pupil Premium Governor, Mr Peter Cotton, to ensure that the funds are being used wisely.
In 2015-2016 some of the funds have been used to provide school uniform, support trips to extend learning and raise aspirations and for attendance at a wide range of after school clubs. Owing to the needs of individual pupils the school has also purchased a support programme to be delivered on a 1:1 basis to support early reading and phonic development. As attendance at school is also a key priority the school purchases extra hours of the Office Administrator to enable regular contact with families. The Mathletics programme continues to be purchased to enable pupils to work on their number and shape, space and measure in their own time in school and at home. I-pads are lent to pupils to ensure they have the same opportunity irrespective of their family situation. In addition teachers run after school clubs in Maths to support the progress of those pupils needing a boost. Extra teaching assistant hours were purchased to run programmes such as Precision Monitoring and Reading Recovery, as well as supporting homework activities within the lunch time. In addition pupils attended a wide variety of after school clubs including sport, art, environmental and storytelling.
The latest government Raise-online dashboard (November 2015) notes:
In 2015-16 the Average Point score achieved by this group of pupils was 17.0; this is above the national APS for disadvantaged pupils which was 14.8 and the national APS for all pupils which was 16.1.