Pupil Premium Information
What is it?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding, provided by the Government, which all schools receive for supporting disadvantaged children. The aim of this funding is to ensure that these children benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. It is designed to raise achievement and improve outcomes for eligible children.
There are three categories of children that qualify for ‘Pupil Premium’.
Is my child eligible for Pupil premium? Please see the guidelines regarding Pupil Premium
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit in order to support the children but we are accountable for how we have used the additional funding and it is important that we can demonstrate impact.
From 2012, we were required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of children covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
If you have any questions relating to Pupil Premium, please feel free to contact our Inclusion Manager Nicola Joyce or Mr Duffy our Head Teacher.
Look what we received!
This is a letter from Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools honouring us with the Pupil Premium Awards 2015. It praises us as one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils since 2011.
How do we use the Pupil premium?
At Sevenoaks Primary School, we use a wide range of strategies and approaches to provide additional support for the ‘Pupil Premium’ targeted children. You will find below, highlights of the varied interventions, resources, packages and programmes, which we use to support the children.
Our proven track record...
Effective teacher feedback - ‘Assessment for Learning’
The most effective support that can be provided is through quality teaching by both the teachers and support staff. It is vital that the teaching staff provide direct and immediate feedback to pupils. By doing this, pupils can self-reflect in order to accelerate learning and progress.
Pupils are given specific guidance to scaffold ‘next steps’ and consolidate understanding. It is important for the school to plan, monitor and evaluate learning.
Numicon is a multi-sensory resource used to accelerate progress in maths. It is a practical resource designed to help children understand the concept of number. Interactive whiteboard software has also been purchased to support the use of Numicon.
This is a small group intervention led by trained members of the support staff designed to develop social skills and aid peer interaction in a wide variety of social situations.
GINGER (Part of the Social Communication Package)
Ginger is a speaking, listening and social skills package designed for use with EYFS and Year 1 pupils. The programme is led by trained support staff to meet the specific needs of pupils.
A sensory motor skills programme designed to energise or settle pupils into the school day. This programme is delivered by trained support staff.
One-to-One Tuition/Small Group Support
Targeted at pupils in Upper Key Stage 2, the support is designed to ‘boost’ progress in Maths and/or English. The aim of this tuition is to ‘narrow the gap’ and support each pupil in achieving their potential by the end of the Key Stage.
These sessions are delivered by our Learning Mentor and are designed to improve access to learning. The children are supported in their learning, emotional and social development through a variety of activities e.g. cooking.
The Art Therapy sessions not only support well-being but self-esteem and confidence are also focussed upon.
Targeted Teaching Assistant Support
Specific focused interventions to target accelerated progress across the curriculum in a high impact manner are delivered by our Teaching Assistant support team.
The school is committed to supporting parents, carers and families as well as individual pupils. If required, the ‘Pupil Premium’ is used to fund training or courses, specific to identified parents/carers, in order for them to help their child at home and with school life.
Lego Therapy (Part of the Social Communication Package)
Creative construction kits have been purchased and four members of staff trained to deliver this programme. Pupils work in groups of three and engage in verbal discussion and teamwork to build a ‘lego’ model. Each pupil takes a different role within the group which encourages social interaction, good listening and problem solving.
School trips, visitors and residential visits
When required, the funding is used for identified individual pupils who may not participate on or in an educational visit/activity due to disadvantage. Pupils have been supported through the funding to enable them to attend such activities with their peers.
Leuven Scales of ‘Well-being’ and ‘Involvement’
Following whole school INSET training in Term 5 2014, the Leuven scales were introduced to all staff. The purpose of this training is for staff to assess children’s levels of well-being and involvement and identify vulnerable pupils who may benefit from further Pupil Premium support.
ICT Resources (Hardware & Software)
Additional ICT equipment and resources have been purchased to support pupils. The school offers ICT as an alternative to writing which can enhance learning and engagement in pupils. Identified pupils have access to ICT more readily and are able to make choices about when/how ICT is used.
Food Technology (Cooking)
This programme has been designed to promote life skills, independence and self-esteem. Pupils take an active and practical role in food technology as well as discuss healthy living and diet. Cooking groups learn to share, work together and make exciting recipes.
Breakfast Club & Pay 4 Ages
When required, the funding is used to cover the cost of our extended school provision. This also allows the children to engage in the full range of extra-curricular activities available before and after school.
Additional ‘booster/extension’ sessions have been arranged in the school holidays to support Pupil Premium children. They have also benefited from the holiday scheme operated by Play4Ages.