Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to support groups of children who are at risk of not meeting their learning outcomes.  These could include children who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel.  The funding is intended to be used to help close the gaps in learning between those children and their peers.  Barriers to learning at Tolleshunt D’Arcy St Nicholas include speech and language delay and financial concerns.

The decision on how the money is spent is made by the school and geared towards individual provision based on the needs of the child.  This could include intervention programmes, additional tuition, subsidising extra-curricular activities, resources for specific needs or pastoral support if appropriate.

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure: Financial Year 2017/2018

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Total number of pupils on role 78
Total number of eligible pupils for PPG 23
Total amount of PPG received £22,440
How the PPG grant was spent in the academic year 2017/18
We ran a number of intervention strategies for individuals and groups that include

  • Accelerated Reader
  • 1:1 tuition
  • Clubs
  • Science/History Workshops
  • Transport to sporting events
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Cooking resources
  • ICT/Maths resources
  • P.E. kits
  • Subsidised trips (In addition to this we supported financially the access of class visits/visitors, residential learning, enrichment visits and extra-curricular clubs
The impact of PPG spending 
We measure the impact of these additional interventions through our school assessment tracking system – Target Tracker. Interventions are carefully chosen by the class teacher in consultation through pupil progress meetings with senior leaders and the Inclusion Leader. If expected progress is not being made by a pupil then the intervention is changed.

At the end of Key Stage 2 2017 of our known eligible children for free school meals 100% achieved the expected standard in combined maths, reading and writing, 100% in maths, 100% in reading, 100% in writing and 100% in EGPS.

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by pupils eligible for the PPG in the academic year 2017/2018
A broad range of challenges in learning which impacts on children’s ability to reach Age Related Expectations. In some cases, a range of social, emotional, and family dynamic issues that impede on the full support, engagement and learning focus that our other children have, which leads to successful progress. In addition, a significant number of pupils face challenges in speech and language development which can lead to challenges in accessing all areas of the curriculum.
Nature of support 
Part of the grant was used to provide staff in our Inclusion Team to offer specific, individual and group interventions to remove barriers to learning. We will also be providing 1:1 tuition in maths and English.

Part of the grant was used to support financially the access of class visits/visitors, residential learning, enrichment visits and extra-curricular clubs.

Independent Speech and Language Therapy continued to be provided through the grant along with Forest School.

How the school measured the impact and effect of expenditure of the PPG grant in the academic year 2017/2018
Eligible pupils are tracked termly through pupil progress meetings and their interventions. Provision mapping is adapted in accordance with their individual needs. Speech and Language Therapy is monitored and tracked on a half termly basis with new targets being set when appropriate. Pupil voice surveys will be used to measure the impact of Forest School and support to access trips/visits