Pupil Premium 2017-2018

The Government allocates money to schools to improve the outcome for children on Free School Meals. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 now have free school meals, but may not be eligible for the pupil premium funding unless they qualify under low income based criteria. Your child is eligible if he or she:

  • Has qualified for free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Has been looked after under local authority care for more than one day, been adopted from care or has left care
  • Has a parent in the regular armed forces

Nationally there is a large gap between these children's attainment and children who do not receive Free School Meals.

At West St. Leonards Primary Academy this money (£160,000) is allocated to support these children and their peer group in the following ways:

  • Numbers Count Teacher to support 1:1 and small group Maths teaching.
  • Reading Recovery Teacher to support Reading 1:1 so all children make progress.
  • Additional home learning opportunities through the reading programme Bug Club, the numeracy based programme Mathletics or homework club.
  • Laptops for target year groups to take home.
  • IT resources laptop sets for all year groups and an iPad set.
  • Curriculum enrichment opportunities through the use of visiting artists, storytellers and historians.
  • Support for academy trips.
  • Additional pastoral support to enhance the emotional wellbeing and learning outcomes for children.

We measure the impact of these funds to ensure the children on Free School Meals are making improved progress. We ensure our spending is effective by:

  • Regular monitoring of pupil data.
  • Evaluating and reviewing our strategy.
  • Keeping abreast of research and developments and being proactive in our approach to implementing new strategies.
  • Not being afraid to change a strategy that is no longer working.

Our data showed in 2016-2017, the Pupil Premium Pupils (referred to nationally as ‘disadvantaged’ pupils) make the following attainment and achievement.

We have reviewed the expenditure and impact for 2016-2017 and will be using the same rationale for allocations in 2017-2018.

Our Pupil Premium Governor is Mr Dennis Smith. The Pupil Premium Report and Expenditure will be reviewed at the Local Governing Body meeting on 7th November 2017.

Impact of Pupil Premium funding:

Foundation stage

73% of pupil premium pupils attained a good level of development leaving no gap.

Key Stage 1 Year 2

Phonics gap in Y2 for 2017 = 15% (reduced from 43% when cohort was in Y1). 2017 Y1 outcome was 55% for pupil premium pupils compared to 81% for other pupils.

Pupil Premium Pupils
KS1 Reading expected standard 67%
KS1 Writing expected standard 42%
KS1 Maths expected standard 58%

At end of reception cohort was 50% GLD, with a gap of 38% which is now closing.

Key Stage 2 Years 3-5

End of 2017 outcomes for pupils on track for national expectations in KS2

Pupil Premium Pupils
Y5 Reading on track to meet age related expectations 47%
Y5 Writing on track to meet age related expectations 37%
Y5 Maths on track to meet age related expectations 37%
Y4 Reading on track to meet age related expectations 87%
Y4 Writing on track to meet age related expectations 91%
Y4 Maths on track to meet age related expectations 70%
Y3 Reading on track to meet age related expectations 80%
Y3 Writing on track to meet age related expectations 70%
Y3 Maths on track to meet age related expectations 65%
KS2 Reading exprected standard 55%
KS2 Writing exprected standard 80%
KS2 Maths exprected standard 50%

The gaps narrow by the end of Year 6 so that PP pupils perform higher than other pupils in reading.