Pupil Premium

In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.  In 2012 it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years.  In addition children whose parents work in the forces, are looked after children, or have previously been in local authority care are also entitled to the grant. Sandgate’s Pupil Premium funding for 2020-2021 is £88,750 and for 2019-2020 it was £90,720.  This is inclusive of forces, looked after and previously looked after children.

In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years £1320. We will receive £2,300 for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2018 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care).

As well as this, children who have been Service/Forces children will receive funding of £300 and this remains eligible for up to 5 years post service.

In previous years, effective allocation of the expenditure resulted in the school being awarded the Local Pupil Premium Award.  This was the second year in succession that the school have won this award.   David Laws, MP, wrote:

“It gives me great pleasure to write to you and congratulate your school on the improvement in the Key Stage 2 results of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011.  Your results show that you have improved in terms of the progress and attainment achieved by your disadvantaged pupils since 2011, and that you are highly effective in educating your disadvantaged pupils.  It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school.

I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success, and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils.  Finally, I would also encourage you to share your achievements with other schools so that they can learn from your strengths and experience.”

Local Premium Award 2013-2014 Letter from David Laws MP

Local Premium Award 2014-2015 Letter from Sam Gyimah MP

Working closely with parents ensures that allocation of the grant is centered solely around the individual child.  When conferencing with our parents on the impact of the expenditure one commented, ‘My child has made fantastic progress this year and has enjoyed all of the clubs she has been able to attend. She has grown in confidence but the most obvious progress is in her reading and writing. Daily reading has had a huge impact on her fluency and comprehension skills.  She has also had tutoring after school with a teacher and this has impacted on her writing.’

If you would like to apply for the funding please complete the online application here .  If you would like to discuss this any further, please contact Mrs Jones on 01303 257280.

Principles of the Pupil Premium Funding:

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of children who receive the pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. Each intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the pupil premium grant.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time. However, we will endeavour that over the course of an academic year intervention will take place for all of the children receiving free school meals.

Provision 2020 – 2021

For this academic year, we have identified a number of specific barriers to learning. These are identified so that provision can be allocated to year groups and groups of children who need additional support.  We have identified the following barrier to learning for children eligible for the grant:

Barrier to LearningProvision and expenditure of the grant to overcome barrier
Low levels of oracy skills and language development on entry to school. This is further accentuated by little or no pre-school attendance. The Prime Areas of the curriculum are not secure. These children are not reaching expected standards at the end of KS1. These children do not reach expected levels in the prime areas at reading and writing at the end of EYFS either.High quality language intervention in EYFS, Years 1 and 2 using the structured programme.

Daily Reading for all children who receive the grant in EYFS.

Structured home support to explain home learning and opportunities to ‘talk’ at home.
High levels or oracy and language skills are not role modelled consistently to children in Key Stage 2. This affects reading and writing outcomes.Language link provision and intervention across all Key Stage 2 classes.

Specific, focused reading and writing booster and intervention groups.

Daily reading for all eligible pupils.

Focus on the imitation stage and learning of new vocabulary within the teaching of English.
Children who are disadvantaged and have a Special Educational Need do not attain in line with other disadvantaged children.Close working will all external agencies so that progress is seen against the targets set.

Adapted learning resources where required.
Core skills in reading, writing and maths are not developed or valued at home.Small group tutoring with an experienced teacher in reading, writing and maths with a focus on overcoming gaps in learning.

Small group teaching of maths by the Deputy Head teacher in Year 6.

Small group work for all children in reading, writing and maths, led by the class teachers.

Secure language skills in place with intervention pitched to address areas of concern.

Reading groups in the morning before the start of the school day.
Attitude to attendance is poor and this impacts on time spent in school.The Family Liaison Officer will focus on raising the attendance of all children eligible for the grant and specifically those who are less than 95%.

Free breakfast club provision.

Access to wider curriculum opportunities such as clubs.
Children’s involvement in the wider community and outside clubs is minimal. Children are unable to foster and develop their own talents and are not provided with the opportunities to do so.

Additional barriers from the lockdown period are included in the Catch-Up Premium Strategy 2020 2021
Funding for children to have wider curriculum opportunities in school.

After school club provision for all children for the grant.

Individual talents and interests to be fostered and developed.

Click here for our Strategy Report for 2020 – 2021