Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011 and is a payment given to schools, from the Local Authority, to help support children from families on lower incomes - those who have ever been eligible to free school meals since their children started school. At St Michaels we believe that all pupils should be taught to a good standard, according to their individual needs. In order to accelerate progress and narrow achievement gaps where necessary we use a number of additional strategies. Pupil Premium is partly used to fund these interventions. The monies are designed to narrow the gaps in academic achievement between these children and their peers if necessary. Targeted small group and individual tuition are used daily to help children that need extra support. The use of teachers and teaching assistants who are highly trained also helps to address under-achievement. We also attend Forest School on a regular basis to enable pupils to get the most out of 'outside learning'.
More generally we are aiming to accelerate progress by investing time in a range of intervention processes such as 1:1 reading, numbers count and small group work. We also aim to provide Play Therapy from a qualified councillor for those children in need. In addition we are investing in quality digital learning resources such as Ipads and software to aid the progress of the less able or the disadvantaged. We will also invest some of these monies into providing broader extended opportunities for these children such as access to after school clubs or to educational trips they might otherwise miss out on.
2019 - 2020
Future Spending of Pupil Premium in 2019-2020:
We will continue last year's successful use of Pupil Premium by:
Continuing with the Phonics Count programme to support those pupils that have difficulty in this area based on results of the Phonics test. This is an intensive, high cost programme and involves employing a trained teacher to run sessions on a 1:1 basis 3 x weekly. A trained teaching assistant will then run 2 more reinforcement 1:1 sessions.
- A Phonics Count programme to support those pupils that have difficulty in this area based on results of the Phonics test. This is an intensive, high cost programme and involves employing a trained teacher to run sessions on a 1:1 basis 3 x weekly. A trained teaching assistant will then run 2 more reinforcement 1:1 sessions.
- Continue to invest in technology to support the curriculum for pupils, including software for computers and IPADs.
- We will also continue to support pupils to attend clubs and trips to develop their wider experiences of life.
- We will endeavour to ensure that all Pupil premium pupils have at least one intervention group – whether that be working in a small group with a teacher or a teaching assistant or an enrichment activity
- We will endeavour to hear the children read 3xweekly to ensure a consistent high standard is met.