Pupil Premium funding is used as part of our school wide approach to managing resources. Our aim is to not use it as an ‘add on’, but targeted it is used to support the activities we judge to have the greatest impact.
All staff are involved in considering how it is allocated on a termly basis, performance data is analysed in teams then shared with Governors and Staff. At every stage the impact of our actions on identified groups is tracked and analysed. If any initiative doesn’t work it’s dropped.
All our teachers are involved in researching what effective practice looks like. This involves regular visits to other year groups or to contrasting or similar schools. Collaborative work with our neighbouring schools, including our secondary schools, helps us maximise the impact of our actions by helping ensure they are built on at transition.
Funding has helped us re-brand and re-organise some of our interventions – monitoring of progress shows us it is more impactful to use a Teaching Assistant to deliver a ‘Normanby University’ after school club than to withdraw a group from lessons, so for some staff and pupils, we have varied the length of the school day. Originally, in 2011, pupil premium funding was allocated to Teaching Assistant time to support reading during the school day as this had been identified as an area in which pupil premium children’s attainment was less good, at the same time funding was also allocated to Normanby University – evidence suggested that pupils made more progress in Normanby University activities outside of the school day. Teaching Assistants have been provided with high quality training in order to be able to deliver effective sessions – for example part of a recent PD Day was given over to delivering training to Teaching Assistants on the maths methods covered in the new National Curriculum.
Funding also helps to ensure the inclusion of disadvantaged children. For example trips or residentials may be subsidised or valuable resources (tailored to the child’s specific learning needs) purchased. 2016-2017 will see the continuation of the Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award at Normanby Primary School – funding for which will help to raise self-esteem, promote resilience and foster teamwork; inspiring children to be active in their community and to succeed. Disadvantaged children who have been identified (through a specialist music teacher) as having natural musical ability and a keen interest are receiving funding to learn a musical instrument during the school day through Musicworks.
Finally, we have the capacity to use some of the funding innovatively. A taxi for a pupil moved into care or a new bed for a child suddenly having to live with relatives. Small amounts of money proving to have a significant impact on individual pupil lives.