The Government introduced new funding arrangements for schools in 2011. One of the key changes has been the introduction of the Pupil Premium, which is linked to the number of pupils within the school who are eligible for free school meals.
Details of the amount our school received and how we have allocated the funds can be seen below.
- · 2016-2017 financial year £12,460 allocated
- · 2015-2016 financial year £15,840 allocated
- · 2014-2015 financial year £14,300 allocated
- · 2013-2014 financial year £15,248 allocated
- · 2012-2013 financial year £ 6,600 allocated
- · 2011-2012 financial year £ 2,580 allocated
In the academic year 2015-2016 0% of pupils in the Abbey School received free school meals and 3.8% have received free school meals in the previous 6 years (Ever 6). In the academic year 2016-2017 0.95% (2 children) in the Abbey School receive free school meals and 4.28% have received free school meals in the previous 6 years (Ever 6).
Over the last six years the funds have been allocated to the staffing budget to provide one to one tuition each week for identified children in English or Maths by a Teacher or by a Teaching Assistant. The increase in funding in 2014 allowed the school to employ a Librarian to develop the children’s love of reading, raise the profile of reading, and improve the fiction and non-fiction resources and to teach the children library skills. The impact of this was reflected in 2014 Key Stage 2 Reading SATs results with 90% of Year 6 children reaching Level 5 and above and 100% reaching Level 4 and above. 2014 Key Stage 1 results showed that 97% of Year 2 children reached Level 2 and above in Reading and 53% reached Level 3 in Reading. The high standards continued into 2015 with 80% of Year 6 children achieving Level 5 in Reading and 53% of Year 2 children achieving Level 3.
Abbey School has very small numbers of Pupil Premium children, also known as disadvantaged pupils, in each cohort, which has resulted in variations in the attainment of these pupils from year to year according to context.
The 2015 Inspection Dashboard notes that KS2 (Key Stage 2) value added in all subjects was broadly average or above for disadvantaged pupils and identifies this as a strength. The Inspection Dashboard also notes that from at least 5 out of every 6 starting points, the proportion of disadvantaged KS2 pupils making and exceeding expected progress in reading, writing and maths was similar to that of other pupils nationally.
Gaps at the end of KS1 in 2015 were wider than those nationally, though this was the result of a very small cohort of 2 disadvantaged pupils who received significant intervention and support and made at least expected progress in reading, writing and maths, with one making better than expected progress in writing and the other doing so maths.
100% of disadvantaged pupils in Year 1 met the expected standard in the phonics screening check in 2015. Disadvantaged pupils in other year groups are making expected progress or better in almost all areas.
Over time, disadvantaged pupils have made at least good progress. In 2014 in particular, the school’s outcomes for these pupils were significantly better than the national, as reflected in the letter of congratulation from David Lawes MP when 100% of Year 6 Pupil Premium children reached Level 5 in all areas.
The reduced Pupil Premium funding allocation for 2016-2017 will be used to support the identified disadvantaged pupils with additional support either on a one to one basis or a small group each week in English or Maths. This intervention will be closely monitored to measure impact. For some pupils, sessions with the school counsellor will be provided.
These decisions have been made in line with our school development plan, which outlines our commitment to vulnerable learners. This tuition has, and continues to ensure that, children receiving grant funding under the pupil premium scheme will reach their full potential, making at least expected progress, and in many cases exceeding targets set.