What is pupil premium?
Pupil premium is additional money given to schools for every child who attends that school and also has free school meals. Across the country, children who receive free school meals generally achieve lower levels than children who are not on free school meals. The government have given schools this money to help these children achieve higher scores and
to narrow the gap between them and other children.
At Prince Rock Primary School, children who receive free school meals do very well.
How do we spend pupil premium?
We have based our spending on research by C4EO (the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services). The strategies outlined below are known to be effective in raising attainment for children on free school meals. They also are effective for ALL children.
Prince Rock Primary School spends its pupil premium on:
We are careful to appoint and to train high quality staff in every class. Therefore, children make good or outstanding progress throughout the school.
Teaching staff meet weekly to look at how the children in their class are achieving and to decide on strategies to help those who need extra support. This ensures that all children have the support they need to achieve their potential.
The school has invested heavily in a synthetic phonics programme at EYFS and KS1. All staff have received training and regular updates to this. The school employs a Reading Recovery Teacher to work one-to-one with children who are struggling to learn to read. This member of staff’s expertise is shared with teachers and teaching assistants to ensure that additional reading interventions are of high quality and result in improvements. This ensures that children have the reading skills they need to progress through the school.
We employ a Parent Support Advisor to help all parents as needed. This means that families have the best chance to support their children with their learning.
All staff have attended training on ‘Building Learning Power’ and encourage children to develop the skills known as the 4 Ts: together, thinking, tools and trying. This was recognised by Ofsted as one of the strengths of our curriculum and is a key aspect of their high achievement.
Teachers from the school visit every child’s home before they start school and have contact with all nursery settings. Staff work together to support transitions within the school and the INCO, Analise Cowan, works with Secondary Schools to create individualised programmes for any children who need extra support moving on to KS3. This ensures that children are happy and safe and minimises any slowing down in progress as children move between key stages.
All senior leaders receive regular training from programmes provided by
organisations like the National College for School Leadership and the Headteacher has undertaken International research. Thus the leaders are in a very strong position to drive improvements in teaching and learning using best practice from research and from other schools. This is key in ensuring that standards of teaching, learning and achievement remain high and constantly seek to improve.
The school employs a counsellor 1 day a week to support the children who have additional needs. Membership of organisations such as the National Trust, trips to the theatre and to the zoo and camping at a local farm are part of a full programme to help the children to know more about the world around them and to experience other cultural activities. Around the school you will see aspirational photos, encouraging the children to visualise themselves in different jobs. Children in Year 6 have taken part in a project in partnership with the University to raise their aspirations and get them to think about the steps they will need to take (starting now) in order to achieve them. In this way, we help children to know why they must
try their hardest with their learning and achieve the highest standards.
The result of these measures is that, at Prince Rock Primary, we narrow the gap very well. Last year, our end of KS2 results showed that the gap between the children who have free school meals and those who do not is less than half the national average. Compared to the national average score, our FSM children performed significantly better and made significantly more progress at our school than at the average school.