How much pupil premium money does our school get?
For St John’s 2015 – 2016 funding is £68,900. The pupil premium funding for the 2014-15 year was £60,520
What are the main barriers to learning faced by eligible pupils at the school?
Some children at St John’s do not have many ‘life experiences’ at home due to financial constraints. For example, they may not have been on many trips or visits to London, the seaside and beyond. This may in turn impact on their social skills, vocabulary or general knowledge. Other children eligible for pupil premium may be ‘Looked After’ or adopted and this may impact on their educational achievement in a number of ways. We seek to understand the barriers to learning and address them through a variety of methods as outlined below.
How is it spent?
Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities. If children are behind in English, maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have special small group or one-to-one teaching. We call these ‘intervention programmes’. We choose the classroom approaches and intervention programmes that research shows work. We spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people. How much parents and carers get involved with their child’s learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school. For this reason, we spend money on activities that help parents remain informed about their child’s targets. Also activities that help to ensure parents are confident in knowing how to support their child’s learning.
How will parents know it is working?
We track all children’s progress each term, so we can quickly see if plans are working. If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme, and the end, so we can see the difference. We will report to you at parents’ evenings, held each term but if you would like information on your child’s progress at any time, please get in touch with your child’s teacher.
Where can I get more information?
For more information about how we plan provision and track progress please speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance. Any member of the Senior Leadership Team will also be happy to assist.
I am not sure if my child could have free school meals – where can I get more information?
Please speak to Miss Bowring in the school office, in confidence. She will be really glad to help.
You can also contact the Student and Pupil Support at Lewisham Council.
What did we find out last year about how well the Pupil Premium had worked?
Last year we found that children who had received intervention programmes did make accelerated progress. We report this annually to governors. See below for Annual report 2015/16. The next review will be in provided to governors at the end of the year 16/17.
Annual Report for Governors – Pupil Premium impact update – July 2016
Pupil Premium impact update – Academic Year 2015-16
All intervention accessed by our pupil premium pupils have been shown to be effective and have a positive impact on the child’s outcomes. All interventions provided for children eligible for pupil premium were tracked and monitored to ensure impact and progress.
This was achieved by ensuring that all interventions began with an assessment of the child through an entry test which was then repeated at the end to give us a measure of impact. The entry test is not just a simple test; it may take the form of some sort of quantitative data but can also include qualitative data such as observational comments around skills such as listening, taking turns, attitude etc. We use a range ‘entry tests’ depending on the type of intervention.
Interventions run this year and accessed by Pupil premium children:
FFT (Fischer family trust) – a highly intensive but extremely successful 1:1 catch up intervention that we run in year 2. One of our pupil premium children accessed FFT this year and made great progress. For example phonic knowledge increased from 33% to 88%; writing scores increased by 18% and spelling scores increased from 0% to 58%. The cost of this intervention was £456.
Sounds-Write – a phonic based intervention catch up intervention that is run primarily across year 3 and 4. 3 of our pupil premium children have made good progress on this intervention. For example, segmenting scores (the ability to break a word down into its component sounds) increased from 63% to 97% and from 82% to 100%. The total cost of this intervention for the year was £1,483.
SHS – our school home support worker (paid for by PP) has run small groups across the term dealing with social skills, confidence and friendships. 9 of our pupil premium children have accessed these groups. Our SHS worker also runs 1:1 support sessions which help children to deal with many of the issues in their lives; this may also require her to be involved in meetings such as TAC meetings (team around the child), home visits and working with parents. 5 of our pupil premium children have accessed this support this term. Our SHS costs per term: £4800.
Phonics intervention – run in year 2 – primarily for children that did not pass the year 1 phonics test and have to re-sit the test in year 2. This is an ‘in-house’ intervention run by one of our highly skilled HLTAs based on the principles of sounds-write. 2 pupil premium children in year 2 have accessed this intervention this term and have entry data increased from 55% to 72.5% and 45% to 77.5%. Total cost: £228.
Lego therapy – this is a ‘fun’ speech and language intervention which we also use as a social skills intervention. For this intervention, the entry data tends to be observational and qualitative as it looks to develop ‘intangible’ skills such as a positive attitude, listening and turn taking skills, asking questions etc. Feedback from the TA and children involved has been positive and observational comments have indicated improved outcomes for the children involved. 3 of our pupil premium children have accessed this intervention this year. Total cost: £1,425
Numeracy intervention – run by our SENCO, this bespoke intervention has been accessed by 2 of our children eligible for Pupil Premium. Progress has been very good with, for example, the equivalent of 12 months and 7 months progress being paid over a 4 month period.
Additional support received by pupil premium children:
Pupil premium money has also been used to support children in other ways such as through targeted TA support in class working on specific areas that the child may need support with. As part of our Pupil progress meetings each term, the progress of all children eligible for Pupil Premium are discussed and interventions or tailored support from either the Class Teacher or teaching assistant is put in place as necessary.