Pupil Premium Grant

Introduction
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional
to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying
inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers, by ensuring
that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to school and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the
Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be
made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At King David School we support all of our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom
teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required.
The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and
interventions, including the Pupil Premium.

In 2014/15, the Pupil Premium grant was £61,100. It was used to fund the following:

One-to-one tuition for eligible pupils, to close the attainment gap in Reading
Cookery project for all year groups, including promoting healthy lifestyles
Specialist Kodaly music provision
Additional targeted English resources
Additional targeted Outdoor Education resources
Additional targeted SEN resources
Targeted support for individuals, throughout the school, within class
Financial support for targeted pupils to take part in extra-curricular activities and trips

 

Impact of Pupil Premium funding:

During the academic year 2014/15, the school changed to a system of assessment without National Curriculum levels. Pupils were identified as either Emergent (working towards the expected level for their age-group), Secure (at the expected level) or Exceeding (well above the expected level for their age-group). At the same time, the new National Curriculum was introduced in all classes apart from Y2 and Y6. The expectations for all children were raised, making it more challenging for children to reach the expected level.

The proportion of Pupil Premium children attaining the expected level in each class was compared to the cohort as a whole. It was found that in Y1, Y2 and Y4, there existed no or only a negligible gap between the Pupil Premium group and the cohort as a whole, for all subjects. "Negligible" is defined as - if one additional Pupil Premium child achieved the expected level, the percentage would then be above the cohort as a whole). In Y5, the only gap was in Writing and in Y6 the only gap was in Maths. Priority was identified for Reception and Y3 - who will be Y1 and Y4 in the school year 2015/16.

Analysis of the impact of these interventions, at the cohort and individual pupil level, and feedback from moderation of Early Years Reception Profiles and Key Stage 1 SATs have refined provision for the 2015/16 academic year.

 

In 2015/16, the Pupil Premium grant is estimated to be £60,000. It will be used to fund the following:

One-to-one tuition for eligible pupils, to close the attainment gap in Reading and Writing, focused in the new Y1 class, where the gap is most signficant
Cookery project for all year groups, including promoting healthy lifestyles
Specialist Kodaly music provision
Additional targeted English resources
Additional targeted Outdoor Education resources
Additional targeted SEN resources
Action research projects, focused on closing the Pupil Premium attainment gap
Targeted support for individuals, throughout the school, within class
Financial support for targeted pupils to take part in extra-curricular activities and trips