Pupil Premium funding at North Ridge Community School is “used to sustain provision targeted at a wide range of disadvantaged pupils.” (DfE 2013 Evaluation of Pupil Premium) to help overcome their individual barriers to learning. Over the last academic year, the focus was to draw on the expertise of our teaching staff to ensure that the pupils in our school can access a curriculum that is individualised and appropriate to their learning needs with the intention of diminishing the difference between the performances of groups of pupils in the school.
School data analysis has been used to identify achievement gaps and determine priorities as a whole school. Pupil Premium money has been combined with funding from other sources in order to sustain provision for all our targeted pupils and students, including members of those groups of pupils who attract the Pupil Premium. Not all support was directly aimed at raising attainment. Some support focussed on wider issues in children’s and families’ lives and was intended to promote good attendance and shared high expectations between home and school. Where home support directly impacted on learning, the targeted support delivered by the Pastoral Team was successful and this will continue to be a key element to our targeted support.
Our use of targeted staffing for support and use of expenditure is on staffing is an informed decision and we are finding this type of targeted support effective. The evaluation of the Pupil Premium Research Report July 2013 states that around 75% or more of surveyed schools using additional staff to support disadvantaged pupils also considered that this was effective. Additional support outside the classroom was thought to be effective by at least 60% of the schools offering this. Additional support inside the classroom was thought to be effective by around 70% of primary schools, special schools and PRUs.
Objectives for Pupil Premium funding
In the wider context, the Department for Education has a draft consultation document in circulation at the moment called ‘Schools Causing Concern, Intervening in failing, under-performing and coasting schools.’ This will provide guidance for Local Authorities and Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs). One of the indicative factors listed that RSCs should take into account in determining the course of action for coasting schools is “The school’s use of pupil premium and how the school has evaluated the impact of that use.” This indicates the high level of importance attached to a school’s use of this funding. This will then be discussed with Governors.
100% of students in this year’s Year 7 intake did not achieve Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 in Reading/Literacy and/or Maths. The Department for Education (DfE) provides us with an additional £500 for each student to provide them with extra support to ‘catch up’.
Using the Funding
Effective use of funding to support catch-up may include:
£1750 – for 7 Pupils in Year 7
This year there has been an emphasis on the purchase of Numicon resources to enable pupils to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in Mathematics.
At North Ridge Community School, we believe that pupils should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing. Numicon make maths ‘real’ therefore pupils can develop a deeper understanding of number. Pupils will then have the confidence to transfer their skills and understanding into other areas of the curriculum e.g. Forest School.
Numicon homework packs have also been purchased to enable pupils to embed their learning.
Resources have also been purchased to meet the sensory needs of pupils in Year 7.
About the Premium
The Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport announced in 2013 that new funding would be made available to support the provision of P.E and sport in state maintained schools.
The grant will improve the provision and outcomes of P.E and sport for KS1 & 2 students to enable them to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, whilst having fun. Through participation in sport and physical education our younger students will learn the importance of key values such as: Honesty, Teamwork, Fair play and Respect for themselves and others.
North Ridge School P.E & Sport Provision
North Ridge Community School provides physical education both inside and outside of the school which helps students to learn and develop important life skills.
We support and encourage students through curriculum based subjects and an enrichment programme which allows them to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Students are involved in a variety of activities that encourage life-long participation in physical activity and these include:
North Ridge Community School believe that Physical Education is an essential part of all pupils’ and students’ educational development. We support the government’s initiative for all children to enjoy being active. Through PE including sport and dance, our pupils and students learn to develop the important qualities of communication, positive attitude, motivation, building self-esteem and resilience. We aim to provide high quality teaching in PE and provide a wide variety of opportunities for children that encourage and inspire every individual child regardless of their ability and starting point.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund helps 16 to 19-year-olds continue in education, where they might otherwise struggle for financial reasons. It is made up of two parts – bursaries of £1200 a year to the most vulnerable young people and a discretionary fund for schools, colleges, academies, training providers and local authorities (providers) to distribute as they feel is necessary where a pupil is eligible.
Young people in the defined vulnerable groups will receive bursaries of £1200 a year (awarded in three equal payments, each term). Pupils in the priority group fall in to one of the following:
A discretionary award may be granted because of a low household income (currently £20,000 or below, unless there are exceptional circumstances). Discretionary payments are awarded to cover expenses relating to:-
The Priority award is funded each year once the initial claim has been submitted and eligibility has been confirmed (an eligibility check is performed automatically each year). Pupils must submit a new claim for each discretionary award.