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Pupil Premium Funding
At Dishforth CE Primary School our vision is for a school which helps children develop a sense of self-respect and self-confidence, and who are encouraged at all times to achieve their full potential.
Sometimes children may need extra help or support in order to achieve this and the Pupil Premium is one of a number of ways in which pupils may be supported.
The Pupil Allocation for 2016/17 is £5 640 (Free School Meals & Service Premium)
A need for extra intervention in upper key stage 2 has been identified and the funding will be used to provide additional staffing in targetted year groups. From September 2016, the appointment of an additional teacher will mean that Year 5/6 will be taught in separate year groups for three mornings a week. The funding will also be used to provide 4 hours additional Teaching Assistant hours per week to deliver Active Literacy and Lifeboat.
Funding will be used to cover the course costs of Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Training (£450) and the associated supply costs for six-half days. It will also the be used to pay for the supply costs for an Early Years Teaching Assistant to attend an Emotional First Aid Course (4 days supply cover.) This will mean that there will two named adults available in school to provide additional mentor support to vulnerable learners.
The progress of Pupil Premium children will be tracked through assessment and tracking data half-termly and will be reviewed each half-term and reported to governors each half-termly meeting.
In 2015/16, the pupil premium allocation was £8560 made up of:
3 children eligible for free school meals
9 children from service families
1 looked after pupil for 1 term
This funding was used to buy additional furniture to create a quieter working area which supports individual and small group teaching. It was also used to provide additional teaching assistant hours to provide interventions in literacy and maths. The quiet space is used by small groups on a daily basis and for intervention groups, supporting all learners in school. In school tracking of pupil progress shows evidence of narrowing of the gap for pupil premium children.
In 2014/15, the Pupil Premium allocation was £5 100. This funding was used to provide extra teacher and teaching assistant support for children identified as needing additional interventions as well as buying resources to be used with individuals or small groups. In 2013/14, school identified a need for extra intervention in maths and the income enabled a maths specialist to be appointed to work three times a week in Class 3. The impact of this was significant as it allowed specialist teaching in Year 6 (67%) of children made better than expected progress whilst allowing for excellent teacher: pupil ratios in Year 5 where the proportion of children working at or above age-related expectations increased from 54% to 77%.
The school recognises that not all children will need support at all times and a key strength of the school is the way that individual needs are identified early and appropriate support put into place.