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St. Michael's C of E (VA) Primary School

Apton Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. CM23 3SN
Tel: 01279 652607   Fax: 01279 654253
Email: admin@stmichaelsjmi.herts.sch.uk
Headteacher: Mrs L. Dale

St Michael’s School - Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an extra grant of money given to schools by central government to support pupils who qualify for Free School Meals (FSM). The definition now includes any pupil that has qualified for FSM in the last 6 years, even if they are currently not claiming.  Research shows that on average, pupils qualifying for FSM are likely to do less well at school. Whilst this is an average and a generalisation, the initiative behind the grant is to use the pupil premium to support FSM pupils in any relevant or special ways to enable them to attain and achieve as well as their non FSM peers.
At St. Michael’s we take into account the following factors when deciding how to spend Pupil Premium funding:

  • Research findings that demonstrate the relative effectiveness of different interventions e.g. The Sutton Trust Report
  • How to adapt high quality whole class teaching to meet the needs of all pupils, and especially any vulnerable groups and those eligible for Pupil Premium funding
  • Careful identification of the right provision for Pupil Premium pupils - what is effective support for one pupil might not be so effective for another
  • Awareness of how to enhance provision if the pupil also has special education needs or disabilities (SEN/D)
  • The ongoing training of teachers and teaching assistants so that the needs of all pupils, especially those eligible for the Pupil Premium, are met
  • Engagement with parents so that school and home can work together in partnership to best help the child

Our eligible pupils generally achieve highly in all areas of the curriculum and are performing the same as or better than their peers, apart from where SEN/D is a factor.


Phase

2015-16

EYFS

PPG pupil achieved a ‘Good level of development’ and ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ in all areas.

Key Stage One

PPG pupils achieved at ‘age-related expectation’ in Reading and Maths and ‘broadly age-related’ in writing. These pupils are also SEN/D pupils.

Key Stage Two

The majority of the PPG pupils achieved ‘age-related expectation’ in reading, writing and maths and some exceeded this in reading and maths. A number of these pupils are SEN/D pupils.

 

For the year 2015/2016 we used the Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:


Area of funding need

Cost

 

 

Additional teacher support within classrooms, for small groups and on a one-to-one basis. Focus on closing the gaps.

£11000

 

 

SENCo intervention work, training and group work for pupils who are also SEND pupils.

£4500

 

 

Individual or small group T.A. support for  FSM pupils following  personalised programmes and interventions

£1000

 

 

Training for staff on specific intervention programmes and areas of need identified

£1000

 

 

Counselling and outside agency support

£600

 

 

Nurture Group and resources and staffing to raise self-esteem, help children become more motivated and independent.

£1500

 

 

Additional resources and equipment

£1500

 

 

Enrichment and extra-curricular activities, free or subsidised support.

£1100

 

£17, 304

 

Impact
The impact of our pupil premium strategy is measured in the following ways:

  • Through pupil voice; informal discussions, surveys and Head Teacher Review Meetings in Year 6.
  • Through parent voice; informal discussions and surveys when a pupil has received a specific intervention.
  • Through staff feedback following training and within the performance management process.
  • Pupil progress meetings are held with class teachers regularly and data is analysed on an individual basis. Where applicable, these meetings involve the school SENCo.
  • The senior leadership team and SENCo look at a variety of data and tracking information related to individual pupils and act accordingly.

For 2016-17 we have a total of £16, 840 of Pupil Premium Funds and our focus for funding this year is based assessment if individual needs and on our commitment to securing outstanding progress for all pupils and maintaining a sense of well-being, self-esteem and confidence.


Area of funding need

Cost

 

 

SENCo intervention work, training and group work for pupils who are also SEND pupils.

£5000

 

 

Individual or small group teacher and T.A. support for  FSM pupils following  personalised programmes and interventions

£6500

 

 

Training for staff on specific intervention programmes and areas of need identified

£2000

 

 

Counselling and outside agency support

£650

 

 

Nurture Group and resources and staffing to raise self-esteem, help children become more motivated and independent.

£500

 

 

Additional resources and equipment

£750

 

 

Enrichment and extra-curricular activities, free or subsidised support.

£1500

 

Total £16, 900

 

Review
Our pupil premium strategy is reviewed annually. However, we are constantly evaluating the success of our work with individual pupils and groups during each academic year and adapting our provision to be most effective.

Impact of this Initiative
The school staff monitor the progress of all pupils very closely and FSM pupils especially. The majority of FSM pupils are on track to make age-related attainment and two levels of progress in Reading, Writing and Maths between KS1 and KS2. The FSM pupils also benefit in other subject areas and other non-academic characteristics thanks to the care and guidance provided by St Michael’s staff. It is worth noting that the school spends more than just the Pupil Premium grant on additional support for FSM pupils.

Invitation to Parents
Parents who have pupils on FSM are welcome to discuss with the Headteacher any further support that might be able to be provided for their children. Parents who think they might qualify for FSM should contact the office staff for a confidential discussion or seek information from the website www.hertsdirect.org.