Pupil Premiums – What are they, how do we spend the money and how do we monitor impact on learning?
Lampard is a special school for children and young people with complex learning difficulties. We have 121 children on roll and students travel to us from across North Devon, from Ilfracombe in the North, Holsworthy in the South and Tiverton in the East.
As at September 2016 57% of students are eligible for pupil premium. 48% of the school population are entitled to free school meals, 5% of the school population are “looked after” children and 0.8% (1 child) of the school population is from a service family, 9% of the school population are adopted children.
We personalise our provision for students. Our classes are small (on average 10 students) with a high staff ratio as appropriate for the students’ needs.
We regularly review students’ needs through, for example, weekly review of behaviour data, assessment and reporting cycle, student causing concern meetings, advice from other professionals, as well our on-going communication with parents, carers, students and colleagues.
School staff are bound by confidentiality rules on all matters relating to your child’s educational needs, care, health and wellbeing. We work closely with parents and carers and other professionals to make sure your child gets appropriate and timely support to enable them to achieve.
We analyse data in lots of different ways but we also look to see what difference these premiums are making. We inform the Board of Governors about how we are using this money and the impact it is having on student attainment and achievement.
Schools get an annual budget plus three “Premiums”:
- Pupil Premium
- Catch up Premium
- PE and Sports Premium
This grant is for schools to work with students who have free school meals, are Looked After Children, have been Adopted from Care or are children of Service Personnel. The government believe that these children are at a disadvantage when compared to their peers and that they need extra help.
We receive this money for a high proportion of our students but we also consider all of our students to be disadvantaged because of their learning difficulties or disability. We have therefore chosen to supplement this grant with money from the school budget to ensure that all children benefit from the full range of interventions we have developed with this funding.
We measure the impact of pupil premium funding through our assessment cycle which includes regular monitoring of student progress, behaviour data, ILPs and annual reviews.
Next review of the pupil premium strategy will be in June 2017
Catch up Premium
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). At Lampard this applies to all year 7 students.
PE and Sports Premium
The PE and sport premium is designed to help schools with primary aged children, improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer students. Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
For example, we can use our funding to:
- Hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- Provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- Introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- Support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs and holiday clubs
- Run sport competitions
- Run sports activities with other schools
How do we know what difference this makes to our students?
We have a “menu” different interventions and strategies to support our students varied learning needs. It is difficult to be able to always identify which intervention has most impact for an individual as it is usually part of a package.
However it is important that we monitor the impact of interventions to ensure that we are using funds wisely and that any investment has the maximum impact on student attainment.
To help us to do this, we regularly monitor student attainment and behaviour data, we observe students and we discuss interventions with staff and other professionals to come to a view about what is having most impact on our students.
We have invested in strategies and interventions which, over the years have been shown to have maximum impact on students with complex learning difficulties, nationally and locally.