Brandhall Primary School 2014-15 Review
The Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium is grant funding, additional to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, who are eligible for free school meals or have been eligible for free school meals during the previous six years. It is also allocated to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. Each individual school is held accountable for how they use their Pupil Premium allocation, in order that the funding is targeted toward those pupils most in need.
It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. Each school is responsible for monitoring both the use of the funding and the impact it is having upon FSM pupils. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
Brandhall Primary School’s use of Pupil Premium (2014/15)
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the initial Pupil Premium allocation to Brandhall Primary School was £227,500 (175 FSM pupils at £1,300 per pupil). In year there was an additional amount of £20,800 (16 additional FSM pupils also at £1,300 per pupil). Brandhall also had £5,200 funding for LAC children. The total Pupil Premium Funding for 2014-15 was £253,500.
Brandhall Primary School committed to using Pupil Premium Funding in order to raise attainment amongst FSM pupils, in an inclusive and supportive environment. As part of this commitment we aimed to promote and enhance social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour, in order to increase pupil progress.
At Brandhall Primary School we directed the 2014/15 funding to support the following planned interventions:
|Booster Classes and Interventions from Teaching Staff|
|Interventions from Learning Support Practitioners|
|Reading Support Programme for children who need additional support|
|Artist Therapy sessions|
|Education Welfare Officer to promote good attendance|
|Dedicated SEN Staffing|
|Forest School Programme|
|Development of Outdoor Learning|
|Educational Visits and extra curricular activities|
|Extended Services Provision|
|Promoting good attendance through regular prizes/rewards|
|Maths + Reading Resources to improve results amongst FSM pupils|
|Library Area Development|
Here is a summarised breakdown of the expenditure for 2014/15:
|Pupil Premium Areas of Expenditure||Total|
|Est Spend for 2014/15|
|Teaching Staff Interventions||68,928.00|
|Booster Year 6 Costs||29,538.42|
|Intervention Non Teaching Staff Costs||52,634.63|
|Reading Support Programme||2,000.00|
|Education Welfare Officer||5,000.00|
|Dedicated SEN Staffing||24,685.90|
|Forest School Programme||11,786.58|
|Development of Outdoor Learning||5,000.00|
|BC – ASC places||2,565.00|
|Promoting good attendance/behaviour||1,500.00|
|Library Area Development||10,000.00|
|Total Pupil Premium Expenditure 2014/15||252,638.53|
IMPACT OF 2014/15 Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium results for the 2014/15 academic year were significantly better than the 2013/14 academic year, demonstrating that the funding had been used effectively to enhance the learning experience of Pupil Premium children at Brandhall Primary School.
Here is a breakdown of the results:
|Subject||Level||Brandhall Results 14/15||Comparison to 13/14|
|Reading, Writing and Maths||4+||79%||+23%|
Please note that in all of the above areas, Brandhall Primary performed better than both National Average and Sandwell Average. The only areas that were not higher than National Average and Sandwell Average were Writing and Maths Level 5; these are areas which we will focus on in the 2015/16 academic year.
The impact of Pupil Premium is not only results based and there were widespread benefits, in terms of learning experience and well being, enjoyed by our Pupil Premium children in 2014/15.