Pupil Premium funding is given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. For the current academic year (2018.19), St George’s has been allocated £83,160.
This year the pupil premium funding will be used to:
- Reduce group sizes for core subjects in upper key stage 2 to allow more targeted teaching.
- Provide opportunities for class teachers in key stage 2 to work on a one to one basis with children eligible for pupil premium funding.
- Run the ‘Number Crew’ maths programme in year 2.
- Run a ‘LASS’ (language and Social Skills) group for year 1 children.
- Provide additional reading opportunities through one to one teacher time and recruiting ‘Beanstalk’ readers in Key Stage 2.
- Run a special reading programme for Reception children
- Ensure eligible children do not miss out on extracurricular or musical activities for financial reasons.
- Run a special homework club for children in Years 3, 4 and 5.
- Fund participation in the Year 6 'Curious Mathematicians' club.
In previous years, the pupil premium funding has resulted in positive outcomes for eligible children:
- Grouping children in upper key stage 2 ensured that disadvantaged pupils have made greater progress than their peers nationally, closing the gap in attainment.
- Reducing class size for English and Mathematics in year 6 ensured 67% of eligible children attained the expected standard or higher in Reading, writing and maths combined.
- Reducing class size for English and Mathematics in year 6 ensured that progress for eligible children was well above that of their peers, and in the top 10% nationally in 2016/17.
- Our one to one strategy has ensured that teachers have an in-depth knowledge of their pupil premium children, enabling them to plan for them in a much more informed way
- Reading interventions in year 2 ensured that all eligible children made more than expected progress.
- Many children eligible for pupil premium funding were able to begin to play a musical instrument.
- No children eligible for pupil premium funding missed educational visits for financial reasons.