Pupil premium and other pupil-specific grants

Pupil-Specific Grants: Spend and Impact

 

Funding in the form of ring-fenced grants for specific groups pupils is received by the school under several headings. The funding addresses the requirement for additional provision for certain pupils. This may be due to nationally recognised needs at particular ages or be because they are disadvantaged*. The impact of this extra provision is evaluated against targets or a comparison with the rest of the pupils in the school, ie closing any ‘gap’.

 Funding is received under the following headings.

  • Pupil Premium Grant: for pupils who are in receipt of free school meals or have been in the last 6 years;
  • Pupil Premium Grant: for pupils with a parent in the armed forces;
  • Pupil Premium Grant: for pupils who are adopted;
  • Looked After Children Funding
  • Year 7 Catch Up
  • 16-19 Bursary.

The amounts paid per pupil vary between grant types and between financial years.

* As defined by various criteria from the DfE.

2014-2015 Financial Year

During the 2014-15 financial year the school received Pupil Premium Grants totalling £25,750 for 9 primary pupils, 9 secondary pupils, 4 pupils with a parent in the armed forces and 1 adopted pupil.

The majority of this funding provided  for the school’s own registered nurse. The impact of this provision has been improved overall attendance as routine medical procedures which were previously undertaken in hospital or clinic could be done in school resulting in less time out of class. Pupils return from absence due to surgery or illness sooner as parents have greater confidence knowing there is a permanent nurse in school. Impact is also seen in increased time in class due to the success of the continence programme the school nurse provides.  Funding has also been used to provide communication aids for specific pupils. The impact of this has been greater engagement and participation in lessons and other activities.

16-19 Bursary has been used to pay for transport costs. The impact of this is also on attendance and family wellbeing. A number of wheelchair ‘powerpacks’ were provided. These devices enabled pupils to engage in outdoor and off-site learning activities, trips and daily routines that were previously less frequent or impossible due to staffing and physical constraints. This also addresses an OFSTED action point.

Looked after Children Funding was drawn down from the Virtual School for various enrichment activities and resources as a result of decisions made at PEP meetings with parents and the Local Authority. The impact of this provision is in the quality of extracurricular activities and learning and the maintenance of skills across long breaks such as summer and Christmas.

Year 7 catch up funding has been used to provide staffing for individuals in KS3 including extra speech and language therapy time and resources.

2015-16 Financial Year

For the 2015-16 Financial Year the school is receiving £25,950 in Pupil Premium Grants for 10 primary pupils, 10 secondary pupils, 5 pupils with a parent in the armed forces and 1 adopted pupil.

This funding will be used to

  • provide staffing for trips and excursions which would otherwise have been inconceivable due to health and safety considerations. (This addresses an OFSTED action point);
  • Extra staffing for small group and 1:1 skills focus work, especially in communication and literacy. (This addresses an OFSTED action point);
  • Sensory Room equipment;
  • Playground equipment (This addresses an OFSTED action point);
  • Staffing for inclusion opportunities offsite.
  • AAC and communication devices (This addresses an OFSTED action point).

16-19 Bursary will continue to be used for transport costs for a large number of eligible pupils and will also contribute to the inception of the new ‘Preparing for Adulthood Champion’ post to address transition continuity for post-16 pupils.

Eye-gaze computer access equipment has been purchased using looked after children funding following a recent PEP meeting.

Year 7 catch up funding will continue to be used to provide staffing for individuals in KS3 and specific learning resources and software.

 

Bruce Douglas

April 2015

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