Each year, the Government gives a sum of money to each school based on the number of children receiving a free school meal. This grant is called the Pupil Premium.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
In 2011-2012, Shanklea Primary School received £12,800 as a Pupil Premium. This money was allocated to support initiatives to ensure pupils reached their full potential by improving their attainment and overcoming barriers to learning. This money was used on teaching assistant classroom support and opportunities for all children to attend school trips or enhanced curriculum opportunities. These teaching assistants helped deliver high quality intervention and boosters for groups of children in literacy and mathematics. The impact was shown in our end of year attainment results and progress reports in narrowing the gap.
In 2012-2013 we received £18,600. We used the monies in a similar way with a focus on interventions in the basic core skills and enhanced curriculum opportunities. There was evidence to show that Pupil Premium children narrowed the gap with their peers in Reading, Writing and Maths.
In the year 2013-14 Shanklea Primary School received £42,000. The funding was directed to accelerate learning in the core subjects, by the employment of additional teaching assistants in specific year groups. Group interventions were delivered according to identified needs and impact measured over time.
In 2014-2015 the school was in receipt of £74,100 overall. Analysis of the academic year's outcomes suggested that, across all year groups, pupil premium children performed well and Shanklea Primary School successfully narrowed the gap with their non-premium peers.
Last academic year, 2015-2016,Shanklea Primary School received £70,840.
Two additional teachers were recruited to reduce class sizes and impact upon high quality teaching and learning. Additional lunchtime supervisors were appointed too and provided enhanced play and nurture opportunities to promote children’s self-esteem and social skills. Enhanced curriculum opportunities were offered, for example, residential visits or cultural enrichment experiences i.e. Shakespeare workshops and theatre visits.
Pupil premium children performed well when compared with non-pupil premium children and notably many pupils met or exceeded national expected outcomes at the end of each keystage.
In 2016- 2017, £79,180 was allocated. Two key appointments were made: Firstly, an Inclusion mentor was recruited with the aim to improve:
- Reading outcomes; Improve learning attainment and achievement through a Reading in Residence scheme; and the promotion of a home-school reading culture.
- In-school Nursery and whole family nurture services i.e. Chill Club and parent drop-ins
- Family learning- A ‘Families Reading Together’ course facilitated parents in supporting their children with learning but may have struggled to complete homework expectations in the past – 10 week parent course; key focus basic skills in Literacy, Numeracy and Communication.
- Heritage opportunities which lead to aspiration and enriched learning in and out of school
- Personal and emotional well-being
- Social well-being
- Creativity and resilience
- Improved enthusiasm , engagement and confidence in learning