Context of the school
Houghton on the Hill CE Primary School has 197 pupils, in seven classes and ranges from FS to Y6. We are a Leicestershire school but a high proportion of children (approx. 50%) come from out of our catchment area, including local villages and within the city boundary. The school’s admission number is 30.
Our school community is diverse in social and cultural terms. 46% of our pupils are boys, though this varies between year groups. 18% of children are from minority ethnic backgrounds. 12% are on the SEN record. Currently 8% of pupils are in receipt of FSM (Pupil Premium money is used to support 12% of pupils). At Houghton, we believe that children are entitled to an education that offers quality, breadth of experience, standard of excellence and a sense of community.
What is Pupil Premium Funding?
This is additional pupil funding given for to schools to target pupils who area facing the greatest disadvantage. This includes children from low income families, looked after children and those with parents in the armed forces. Eligibility for pupil premium has also been extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as the Ever6 Free school meals measure). The level of pupil premium set for 2016 -17 was £1320 per pupil within our primary school. The total received by Houghton on the Hill School was £23,760.
How is the money spent?
This has been spent on:
- Quality First Teaching for Reading, Writing and Mathematics
- Additional hours to support children in class
- Morning booster classes to promote Maths skills
- Subsidies for Residential trips
- School milk scheme
- Access to external services (counselling, play therapy, etc)
- Intervention clubs at lunchtimes
- Subsidising sports clubs both during and after school
- Homework resources
Objectives of Pupil Premium Expenditure
Our key objective is using the pupil premium grant to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school, we have a good track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress. Historically levels of attainment are lower for FSM children nationally. This is not the case in all of our year groups, but varies considerably between cohorts. Through targeted interventions, we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress.
The DfE has given us the freedom to use the Pupil premium as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupil needs. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.
Building Belief: We will provide a culture where: staff believe in ALL children, there are “no excuses” made for underperformance, staff adopt a “solution-focused” approach to overcoming barriers, staff support children to develop growth mind-sets towards learning.
Analysing Data We will ensure that: All staff are involved in the analysis of data so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school. We use research (Such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit) to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective.
Identification of Pupils
We will ensure that:
- ALL teaching staff and support staff are involved in analysis of data and identification of pupils.
- ALL staff are aware of who pupil premium and vulnerable children are.
- ALL pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming.
- Underachievement at all levels is targeted (not just lower attaining pupils).
- Children’s individual needs are considered carefully so that we provide support for those children who could be doing “even better if…..”
Individualising support “There’s no stigma attached to being in an intervention in this school. Everyone needs something, whatever that might be, and so they’re all getting something somewhere.”
Does your child qualify for Pupil Premium funding?
It is important that if you are eligible for free school meals you apply for your child to be allocated with this additional funding.
If your child is in Foundation, Year 1 or year 2 and is receiving universal infant free school meals you will still need to apply for free school meals for your child to receive the additional funding.
Pupil premium funding will provide:
- An annual voucher for a school jumper
- Free school milk.
- A reduction in the cost of educational trips and residential visits.
- Support with educational resources and facilities.