Aspin Park Academy

Aspin Park
Academy

Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

  • The pupil premium is a form of funding in addition to main school funding to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and it is for schools to decide how the funding will be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The funding is allocated to schools per FSM pupil, looked after children and children who have been adopted.

Principles

  • Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding.
  • New measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
  • From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
  • To close the achievement gap by ensuring that any pupil at risk of underachieving is identified early and support and intervention is provided.

Key facts

  • The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, as well as those adopted.
  • The level of the premium in 2016-2017 is £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) based on the October 2016 Census and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months.
  • In 2013-14 eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

Specific to Aspin Park

Families experiencing difficulty and therefore applying for FSM, also tend to be families who need support financially, with paying for school trips, residential visits, or uniform. To this end in the past four years, part of our allocation has gone towards supporting such families, ensuring that each and every child has the opportunity to attend visits and trips, which enrich and enhance their experience at the school.

With the increased funding due to the EVER6 children and adopted children included in the count, we have been able to add considerably to our burgeoning Teaching Assistant Support in School. The school has made it a priority in the past few years to ensure full TA coverage in Foundation, and a hugely increased support in Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4. This support has been budgeted for over a three year period, and the school will be looking to continually ‘fill the gaps’ across the school and target those children first who receive Pupil Premium.

For such a large school, we have relatively few pupils receiving FSM, which means our allocation is also relatively small.

In 2011/12 it was £6,744, in 2012/2013 it was £11,200, in 2013/2014 it was £13,200. In 2014/2015 our allocation was £44,800. In 2015/16 it was £36,040 and in 2016/17 it was £40,300.

Aspin Park:

Impact of Pupil Premium Funding on pupil attainment and progress 2016-2017

Below is a breakdown of the levels attained by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, and also the levels of progress achieved according to the schools tracking system. Please note that the very small percentages make comparison with children not receiving Pupil Premium difficult; however a greater breakdown is undertaken as part of the school’s self-evaluation, which factors in extenuating circumstances that may have had an effect upon the child’s performance.

Foundation – (4 Children accessed funding out of 54 pupils – 7%)

Two out of the four children were at the expected level for Maths. Two out of the four were at expected level for Reading. Three out of the four were at the expected level for Writing.

In terms of progress in Maths, two of the children made expected progress and two were slightly below. In Reading, one child made expected progress and three did not. In Writing, one child met the expected progress, one exceeded it and two did not meet expected progress.

Year One – (4 Children accessed funding out of 57 pupils – 7%)

In terms of attainment, three of the four children were at the expected level for Maths. All of the children met the expected level for Reading and three out of the four children met the expected level for Writing. In terms of progress, one of the children made expected progress in Reading but three did not. Progress in Maths and Writing was slightly below the school’s requirement for all four children.

Year Two – (2 children accessed funding out of 59 pupils – 3%)

In terms of attainment one of the two children were at the expected level for Reading, Writing and Maths. One was not. This child has Special Educational Needs.

In terms of progress one child did not meet the schools required progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. The second child made the required progress in Writing and made slightly below expected progress in Maths and Reading (3 points progress instead of 4).

Year Three – (5 children accessed funding out of 57 pupils – 9%)

In terms of attainment four out of the five children met the expected level for Maths. Four met the expected level for Reading and four met the expected level for Writing.

In terms of progress, one child met the school’s requirement for progress in Maths. Four of the children made progress slightly below this.

In Reading, one child exceeded the required progress, two children met the required progress and two children were slightly below.

In Writing, one child exceeded the required progress and four children were slightly below.

Three out of these 5 children have Special Educational Needs.

Year Four – (8 children accessed funding out of 63 pupils –13 %)

In terms of attainment, seven out of eight children met the expected level for Maths. Six met the expected level for Reading and six met the expected level for Writing.

In terms of progress, six of the children made 3 points progress in Maths (this is slightly below our school’s requirement of 4 points progress over the year), two of the children made less than this.

In Reading, one of the children met the school’s progress requirement for the year. Seven of the children did not make the required progress, but three of these did make 3 points progress over the year.

In Writing, two of the children met the school’s progress requirement for the year (4 points progress) and six did not.

Two out of these 8 children have Special Educational Needs.

Year Five – (4 children accessed funding out of 56 pupils –6 %)

Two of the four children reached the acceptable level of attainment in Reading, Writing and Maths at the end of the year.

In terms of progress, one child met the school’s requirement in Maths and three made progress that was slightly below the requirement (they made 3 points progress over the year).

In Reading, one child met the school’s progress requirement and three were slightly below.

In writing, two children exceeded the school’s progress requirement and two made progress that was slightly below the school’s requirement.

Two out of these 4 children have Special Educational Needs.

Year Six – (5 children accessed funding out of 64 pupils –8 %)

In terms of attainment, four out of five children were at the expected level for Maths and Reading at the end of the year. All the children were at the expected level for Writing.

In terms of progress in Maths, two out of the five children made the school’s required progress over the year. Three did not.

In Reading, one child made the school’s required progress over the year, three made progress slightly below expected and one made limited progress.

In Writing, one child met and one child exceeded the school’s required progress over the year. Three children made progress slightly below the school’s required progress.  

Three out of these 5 children have Special Educational Needs.

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