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Pupil Premium Funding in 2014-15 - £227,000

Pupil Premium funding is provided by the government to support pupils who are or who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years, who are “Looked After” or who belong to “Service Families.”

As this is an important source of funding, we strongly urge parents to check their entitlement and register their child, if eligible for Free School Meals, so that the school receives the maximum amount of Pupil Premium funding. This is particularly important at this time when all KS 1 pupils are now eligible for a free school meal under new government policy.  It is still important for parents to register.

Pupil Premium funding is designed to ensure that all groups of pupils have the same opportunities to achieve as well as they can; particularly those in the groups mentioned above. It is up to each school to decide how the funding should be spent to achieve these outcomes.

At Thanet Primary School we aim to improve the outcomes for all of our pupils, including those eligible for free school meals, looked after pupils and service family pupils. When deciding how to spend our Pupil Premium funding each year we take into account the needs of all our pupils and as such the Pupil Premium funding is “topped” up by money from the general school budget so that all pupils benefit.

The Pupil Premium for 2014/2015 is £227,000. It has been allocated in the following ways:

Staffing

Due to the success allocation of pupil premium during the academic year 2013/14 it has been decided to continue to provide funding for:

  • A specialist teacher of reading to deliver the ECAR programme (Every Child a Reader) and to provide support and training in phonics and reading strategies for teachers and other support staff
  • Two teaching assistants to assist in the delivery of the ECAR programme
  • An additional teacher working part time in Y6 to reduce class sizes and improve pupil outcomes
  • An additional teaching assistant in the EYFS to boost staff pupil ratios and support the increasing number of pupils who are entering FS 1 with knowledge, skills and understanding which are lower than that which would be typically expected.
  • Two teaching assistants to support pupils with BESD (Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties.)  One of these TAs will work with Hull City Council’s Headstart programme giving the school access to a psychologist in order to support pupils and their families.
  • A teaching assistant in the role of Attendance Officer/Assistant Child Protection Officer and Family Links Worker to support families and liaise with a range of support external services, including Adult Education
  • A teaching assistant for three days each week to deliver 1:1 tuition programmes in literacy and numeracy in Upper KS 2
  • Specific teaching assistants to deliver additional support and intervention in Numicon, Big Maths, Talk of the Town communication programmes, Lexia and targeted Speech and Language programmes
  • Teaching assistants providing “in class” general support for pupils of different abilities, including the more able and those with SEN, in English and maths
  • Non contact time for the Inclusion Leader (with responsibility for SEND/More Able/Looked After/EAL/Behaviour Support) to fulfil her duties and improve outcomes for pupils identified as having additional need
  • Two cover supervisors to provide non contact leadership time in the school which allows key leaders to fulfil their duties in terms of monitoring and improving the quality of teaching across the curriculum
  • Additional lunchtime supervisors and play workers to boost staff pupil ratios and improve the quality of supervised play, ensuring a good start to the afternoon sessions
  • Three teaching assistants to supervise and organise a free breakfast club each day

Although the basic roles remain the same the teaching assistants have been deployed in a different way in order to provide more targeted additional support.

The Curriculum 

To provide funding for:

  • Subsidised off site visits and visitors to the school which enrich and enhance the curriculum and provide additional learning opportunities
  • Music tuition through Wider Opportunities in Music for Y4 pupils and subsidised peripatetic tuition for pupils in other year groups who wish to continue
  • Extra- curricular coaching programmes delivered by specialists to enhance PE and sport (e.g  Flex Dance, boxing, Hull KR Rugby etc)
  • Participation in the Hull Children’s University for pupils in Y5 and 6, which includes an annual visit to London and the Houses of Parliament and attendance at the STEM and Primary Environmental Conferences
  • Additional purchase of i-pads and hand held technology to support and enhance learning and the creation of a multi media learning zone

Additionally an element of the pupil premium will continue to provide:

  • Access to specialist services, such as Education Welfare , BEST (Behaviour and Emotional Wellbeing Team), White House Unit (PRU) Northcott Special School  (supporting pupils with autism), Education Psychology Service, Restorative Practice Centre, or to support pupils and their families in times of crisis or special circumstances e.g. referrals to counselling and mental health services.
  • Training for staff in Mental Health First Aid programme and Mindfulness (part of the Targeting Mental Health Programme)
  • Training for staff in Restorative Practices, Team Teach and Behaviour Management
  • Funding for PASS (Pupil Attitudes to Self and School) surveys administered across the whole school
  • Subscriptions to SAM Learning, My Maths, Pearson Phonic Bug Club and Lexia
  • Specific resources to support those with additional need, e.g. computer hardware, software, physical aids, etc
  • Continued funding of the “Achievement for All” programme – a DfE approved programme
  • Continued funding towards the “Talk of the Town programme” – a Communication Trust programme designed to improve language and communication skills
  • Support from the School’s Library Service