Each year the school receives a Pupil Premium Grant (PPM) from the Government. Pupil Premium is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Our school receives additional funding for pupils from Reception to Yr 6 who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), are looked after or have parents currently in the Armed Forces. This funding includes any children who had been eligible for FSM within the last six years.
Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to decide what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their care. At St Edmundsbury CEVA we support all our pupils. We are committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils, in particular those who are disadvantaged. These pupils can often have low expectations or self-esteem. Where this is identified, particular attention is paid to this aspect of their development alongside the careful and rigorous tracking of their academic progress.
A key priority is to narrow and eliminate and gaps in the performance of disadvantaged pupils and that of other pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supported by interventions to target disadvantaged learners, as and when required.
The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions including the Pupil Premium. Mrs Lesley Barlow is the Governor assigned specifically to the task of monitoring the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant.
Measuring the impact of Pupil Premium Grant spending 2015/16
At St Edmundsbury, we rigorously monitor and evaluate the impact of Pupil Premium funding on identified pupils at our half termly Pupil Progress meetings. This information is discussed at Governing Body level and a detailed analysis undertaken by the Headteacher and Pupil Premium Governor (Mrs Lesley Barlow)
Positive effects are noted in the following areas:
· Breakfast Club has benefitted identified children with a healthy breakfast and calm, nurturing environment to start their school day. This has had a positive impact on attendance and the support we give families
· First Class @ Writing programme has enabled the selected children to make improvements in their writing composition across the curriculum
· The school has introduced a number of interventions to support children develop their literacy, communication and maths skills, which are carefully monitored to ensure they have a positive impact on pupil attainment and progress
As a result of our interventions, the following has been noted:
The Governors are clear that the progress of pupils in receipt of pupil premium needs to further improve, bringing it in line with both national and other children within the school. the 2016/17 action plan supports this drive for improvement.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.