What is it?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to support disadvantaged pupils. Norfolk Community Primary School receives additional funding for cared for children and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the past 6 years. Please follow the link to the Department for Education to find out more about this funding.
How do we spend the money?
In the current financial year we will receive £257,400
In line with our vision and values, Norfolk Community Primary School seeks to ensure the effectiveness of its use of the Pupil Premium. We know that if children come from less well-off backgrounds they may not have had all the experiences of children from better off families. They may not have had so many opportunities to visit the theatre, libraries, museums and galleries. They may not belong to clubs and take part in regular sport or other out of school activities. As a result, we have based our spending priorities on providing as many opportunities as possible to experience these things, as well as additional teaching for some children.
We are aware that many of our pupil premium eligible children may be our brightest and we therefore seek to raise aspirations for these children and their families so that they achieve their potential. This is done through participation in Children’s University etc, and we seek to make these as accessible as possible to children by hosting clubs and activities in school.
Many of our pupil premium children experience multiple deprivation- being in households with a low income but also poor adult mental health and significant family difficulties, as a result we have also invested in nurture provision for these children and others- to provide them with the therapeutic early interventions that will help them form good attachments and achieve better in school.
Our pupil premium money has been spent on:
Enrichment of the curriculum:
- Employing a librarian – to enhance children’s love of books and reading
- Heavily subsidising educational visits and residential trips
- Trips to theatres and music concerts for all year groups
- Participation in the Shakespeare Children’s Festival each year to promote outstanding drama skills
- Becoming part of the Children’s University network
- African Drumming- after school club
- A full time PE and Sports coach to give equality of access to sporting clubs and events
One to one support and small group teaching for children
- RefelectED initiative to help children understand how they learn best
- Assertive Mentoring sessions for individual children
- Extra lessons in small groups for children who are at risk of falling behind
- Extra adults for Y6 Guided reading sessions
- Easter School and holiday sports clubs
Improving the quality of teaching
- Resources to support continuation of Read Write Inc. for reading
- Maths Makes Sense training for new staff so that we are all teaching maths in the same way
Improving the attendance and attachment of this group of children
- Employing a member of staff to work exclusively on improving attendance for 3 days a week
- Having a full time nurture provision with two staff members
- Running parent advice sessions and support sessions for particular groups – e.g. looking at supporting your child with reading in Y2, behaviour management for children with autism needs etc.
This enables us to see that the standards reached by children in these subjects is improving at a
faster rate than nationally – so we can see that the gap is closing for these children.
Results for our pupil premium children compared to other children nationally can be seen by
following this link:
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.
The new funding was introduced in May 2015 and settings can claim up to £300 per child when they meet the free school meals criteria. We currently have 25 children eligible which totals £7500 for the year. As with the other pupil premium funding, we need to have a clear plan of strategies to use the money effectively, ensuring it is having a positive effect on the children’s progress and wellbeing. Therefore we have a document in place to look at the impact of the spending and ensure we are continuously tracking its use. We are using data at the end of each term to ensure all children identified as disadvantaged are making at least good progress in specific areas being monitored.
Currently the 25 children need support for their communication and language development. We feel if children are able to develop their skills in this area of learning it will have a positive effect on the rest of their development. We have used the money towards one additional teaching assistant in nursery who has been trained to deliver high quality interventions for these children. We are also hoping to spend some of the money on allowing these children to access additional experiences such as baking and gardening. This is in line with the way that pupil premium money is used in the rest of the school to broaden children’s range of experiences, in order to combat the effects of disadvantage.