The Impact of our Pupil Premium Provision
In 2019-20 there were 74 pupils who qualified for Pupil Premium funding. These children included those in receipt of free school meals; children classed as Ever 6; those with forces connections and children who had previously been looked after/special guardianship order.
This year our impact report is split into pre and post Covid 19 partial closure of schools by the Government on the 23rd March 2020.
Pre-Covid partial closure (please note our most recent data for the 19/20 academic year is from March 2020).
In EYFS pupil premium children (9 children out of a cohort of 52) made positive progress with 66% (6 children) on track to meet Reading, Writing and Mathematics expectations by the end of the year based on March data.
Reading – 90% of PP children were at age related compared to 87% of the whole cohort. In September only 40% had been assessed as age related.
Writing – 80% of PP attained ARE compared to 77% of whole cohort. In September only 30% had been assessed as age related.
Maths –90% (number) of PP attained ARE compared to 88% of whole cohort. In September only 20% had been assessed as age related.
Within EYFS we used our pupil premium funding to give an additional adult across our two Reception classes. This gives pupils more adult contact time to scaffold communication and learning during continuous provision activities and model the speaking and listening skills that they need to progress.
Across the rest of the school attainment and progress for Children in receipt of Pupil Premium is roughly in line with that of non pupil premium children. By March 2020 of KS1 the Pupil Premium group made 2.36 points progress in maths (all 2.29), 2.49 points in reading (all 2.27) and 2.41 points in writing (all 2.24). In all cases the Pupil Premium children were making accelerated progress.
In year 4 they made 0.38 points progress in maths, 1.21 points in reading and 1.53 in writing. The progress here was behind peers but many children had multiple vulnerabilities e.g. SEND. For a number of these children interventions had been taking place when Covid 19 partial closure occurred so we do not have the data to show impact over the Summer Term.
A major impact towards this has been careful tracking of these pupils and prioritising these children in our pupil progress meeting conversations. A range of approaches have then been planned to support their academic needs including extra teaching assistant support in class, additional teacher time and a range of intervention programmes. Another major aspect has been the social and emotional development of these leaners through our learning mentors, Forest School and use of Early Help support including PFSA and Thrive. Giving children the opportunity to access all after school clubs and if required breakfast club, has improved attendance (PP attendance is 93% non PP pupils is 95% to 20th March 2020) and confidence and although not fully measurable in data, our professional observation is that these extended opportunities have supported the learning development and potential of our Pupil Premium children.