The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and the children of armed service personnel. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used.
For the financial year 2014/15 £97,500 has been allocated to the eligible pupils at Brownhills West. The funding is being used in the following ways:
- To fund a Family Support Worker
- To fund our ongoing collaboration with Walsall Business Partnership
- To provide additional support to those pupils with gaps in their learning through small group or 121 intervention
- To purchase a set of 6 iPads which will run a specific reading intervention programme
- To fund the University of Brownhills West which is launching in the Autumn term
- To provide 121 tuition for identified pupils
- To fund weekly support from an Educational Welfare Officer
- To fund leadership training for senior and middle leaders
- To provide incentives for good attendance
As a result of Pupil Premium intervention during 2013/14:
- Absence rates for 2013/14 decreased by 2.1% on the previous year
- Persistent absence decreased by 1.1% from 2012/13
- The school’s overall attendance exceeded 95% for the first time in the last three years.
- 16 families currently receive additional support from the school’s Family Support Worker.In 2014/15 three cases have already been stepped down to universal support which would not have been possible without having this resource to continue supporting families at a single agency level.
- Lexia reports are showing positive outcomes for all pupils who are engaged in the programme to support their phonics and early reading.
- Of the three Pupil Premium Children who sat this year’s KS2 SAT tests, 1 made 3 levels progress in Reading, all pupils made 2 levels progress in Maths, 2 pupils made at least 2 levels progress in Reading and Writing (1 pupil who did not make expected progress joined in Spring Term of Year 6 at Level 1)
- The University of Brownhills West has provided opportunities for pupils to use and apply their basic skills in a variety of contexts.
- Working with Walsall Business Partnership has developed children’s understanding of the life of work and in many cases helped children to identify potential future careers.
- As a result of early language intervention, targeted Nursery children made an average Standardised Score gain of 73 on the British Picture Vocabulary Scale between December 2013 and July 2014.
- End of Foundation Stage data shows that pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding make progress in line with their peers.
For the financial year 2013/14 an initial amount of £60,300 in Pupil Premium Funding has been allocated.
Update February 2014: We have recently teamed up with Walsall Business Partnership in an effort to raise aspirations in our pupils. The pupils in Year 4 have just completed a programme titled 'Me, Myself, My future' during which they explored their personal goals and the skills that they would need in order to achieve them. For the last session, pupils came to school 'suited and booted' in an effort to impress some local business owners with their newly developed interview skills!
Here's what the children had to say about their experience:
'I liked meeting the business owners and learnt that you can do it if you try'
'I now know what I want to be when I'm older...a teacher!'
'I liked having the opportunity to develop new inventions.'
'I would like to be a police man when I grow up.'
For the academic year 2012/13, Brownhills West received £41,741 in Pupil Premium funding. The main outcomes of this additional funding were as follows:
• 80% of eligible pupils met the required standard in the 2013 phonic screening test. This compares favourably to similar pupils nationally.
• 93% of the eligible pupils in Year 6 achieved level 4+ in Reading, Writing and Maths.
• 93% of the eligible pupils in Year 6 made expected progress from Key Stage 1 with pleasing percentages making accelerated progress.
• A range of 'qualitative data' shows the specific skills and knowledge gains made by individual pupils through the extra support received.
For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium