The table below shows how the school apportions its ‘Pupil Premium’ funding allocation. Approximately26% of our pupils are currently on the Free School Meal (FSM) register and 54% have been eligible at some point in the past 6 years (FSM6). We also have a percentage of families that don’t/won’t claim.
Everyone has the option to receive a free, high-quality breakfast. No pupil will be allowed to be hungry and therefore all pupils, including those who attract pupil premium, are fuelled well for the day ahead.
Analysis of attendees shows that out of 97 FSM6 pupils, 82 regularly attend breakfast club. Therefore 85% of our FSM6 pupils are arriving early to school, eating a nutritious breakfast and are ready for the day ahead.
Analysis of the whole breakfast club cohort shows that on average 80% of the attendees attract pupil premium. During breakfast club Mentors engage in ‘wellbeing’ arrival checks with children.
As a direct result of breakfast club, the atmosphere and environment before school is much calmer and pupils are prepared better for learning.
The running of breakfast club allows pupils to enter their classrooms earlier than the official school start time of 8.55am. Breakfast finishes at 8.40am and pupils enter their classrooms at this time. Teachers set specific tasks and sometimes run interventions to boost progress. The proportion of FSM6 pupils in breakfast club is very high (80%+) so these pupils are receiving 15 minutes a day extra teaching/learning time. This adds up to an extra 47.5 hours a year or over 8 extra days.
Lateness to school has been greatly reduced for all groups of pupils.
1. Two Learning Mentors to support children and help families break through barriers to learning. Learning Mentors keep a spreadsheet provision map detailing which services FSM6 pupils attend and benefit from. Services include breakfast club, after-school clubs, philosophy groups, Mentor lunch club, specific support groups and general Mentor support. Mentors focus on ensuring FSM6 pupils are attending as many of these groups/activities as possible. Mentors take dedicated PP groups on a ‘needs’ basis. Mentors open the ‘Listening Lounge’ open every lunchtime.
2. Maintenance of our Immersive Room and content creation.
Enriching the environment for our most disadvantaged pupils is always a priority. The introduction of our Immersive Room has enabled staff to plan and deliver more engaging and exciting lessons. The room requires regular maintenance to ensure it is functioning as it should.
3. Small group booster sessions held before school.
Specific, tailored interventions for pupils who have an identified gap/need.
4. Dedicated ‘Attendance Officer’ administration time to undertake first-day calling, parental text messaging, liaise with SLT, attend attendance meetings with parents and liaise with Mentors to support parents. This has resulted in fewer absences from particular children and has contributed to the decrease in lateness.
5. Retention and growth of our in-house catering service.
Greater choice of menu options are encouraging more parents of children who are entitled to FSM to take them. We also maintain the expansion of meal provision to Greenleys First School to support the uptake of universal free school meals.
6. All PP children now have access to high quality and nutritious, freshly cooked meals. This compliments the breakfast service; pupils are well fed and ready to learn. FSM uptake is high and the variety of food on offer is wide to suit most tastes.
Pupils at Greenleys First School receive the same quality food. This aids transition (with staff rotating on both sites) of the most vulnerable pupils.
7. Subsidised educational visits to reduce the voluntary contribution required.
8. Subsidised residential visits for FSM6 pupils.
Expensive educational visits are subsidised by approximately 25%. No pupil is unable to attend out-of-school-hours residential visits due to financial disadvantage.
9. Fresh fruit is available to all children during morning break & lunch. Chilled and filtered water is available throughout the day.
To maintain pupil focus the kitchens supply fresh cut fruit at break time and milk is available before school, during break time and during lunchtime. Hunger or dehydration is not a distraction to learning.
10. Restorative practice training for new staff and refresher training for current staff.
It is recognised that disadvantaged pupils can sometimes require a higher level of expertise to successfully manage their behaviour and ensure a good ‘readiness to learn’. Greenleys Junior School is a member of the Restorative Foundation and training is on-going with this group.
11. Read, Write Inc. interventions – Additional resources and staff.
Resource purchasing and staff training is on-going.
12. Small group tuition in Year 6 for FSM6 pupils.
Impact on those pupils that require specific interventions to prepare for Year 6 SATS exams.
To ensure that PP is spent well, data is collected comparing the attainment and progress of children who are on our FSM6 list with national statistics. We also look closely at the difference in attainment and progress between children who are and who are not on the FSM6 register at our school.
Click here for our 2017 data showing the impact of strategies used.