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Pupil Premium & Free School Meals

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools in addition to their main budgets to support schools across the country in reducing the attainment gap that currently exists between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

The Pupil Premium is paid to each school by a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals in reception to Year 11. Schools receive funding for pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel (this service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of service personnel pupils).

Funding Allocations

The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is allocated on a financial year (April to March) basis. The table below details the funding allocated to The Dolphin School since the grant was introduced:

Use of the Grant

Although schools are funded on a financial year basis, we operate and plan how to use our resources around the academic school year (September to August). Our academic year funding for the past three years has been as follows:

Sept 2014 - Aug 2015 £24,917
Sept 2015 - Aug 2016 £31,680
Sept 2016 - Aug 2017 TBC

It will be used by our school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches these pupils and other pupils who need it most.

Objectives for The Dolphin School

  • The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils
  • As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others

Barriers the School Faces

  • Changes in funding arrangements including a significant drop in IDACI number, yet poverty still remains among the majoirty of families.
  • Ratios of EYFS and KS1 to KS2 = 2/3 -1/3 - making it difficult to manage and model mature behaviours.
  • Significant and rapid changes in curriculum expectations
  • School was on 3 sites and now on 2 - making managing teams, curriculum delivery and safeguarding processes challenging
  • Rapidly changing staff - new EYFS team and new SLT

Pupil Premium Pupils at The Dolphin School are distributed across school with larger groups in EYFS and KS1 than in KS2.  They do not constitute cohesive groups as they are spread across the full range of ability.

As a result of the Pupil Premium Review in January 2016 an Action Plan is in place addressing the need for a Pupil Premium Champion, involvement of a designated member of the Governing Board and a clearer strategy to address the learning needs of Pupil Premium Pupils. The Action Plan includes the requirement for regular and detailed review and reporting of the impact of the strategy.

The school strategy for 2016 – 2017 is based on a range of teaching approaches: academic coaching, peer coaching and tutoring and the use of digital technology to support learning. The selected approaches have been identified by the Sutton Trust research as representing high or moderate impact outcomes for low or moderate cost. Some aspects of the strategy involve staff training for all teaching and support staff or for individuals to ensure effective outcomes and will involve expenditure for training and / or staff cover.

Strategy Cost Profile School Cost Implications Description
Effective Teacher feedback High impact for low cost Teacher / HLTA / Learning Mentor time Whole school and HLTA / MLT training This is an area already addressed within school. It will be further developed using the peer coaching model and more clearly focused to address the needs of PP pupils
Meta-cognition High impact for low cost Teacher / HLTA / Learning Mentor time Whole school and HLTA / MLT training The focus of this work will be reflection on the learning process – ‘learning to learn’ ‘study skills’ to encourage independent learning; more clearly focused to address the needs of PP pupils
Music Therapy Moderate impact for high cost Therapist to work with children and families Activities to include specific therapy activities for PP pupils to ensure regular access to the full range of opportunities to develop metacognitive and music skills
1-1 Tuition Moderate impact for high cost Tutors employed by school on short term / supply basis

Online maths tuition –accessing expertise with clear focus on PP pupils

In school targeted groups for English and Maths
Oral Language interventions Moderate impact for high cost Curriculum enrichment for whole school Additional opportunities provided for PP pupils in Club activities
Outdoor (adventure) learning Moderate impact for moderate cost HLTA cover for workshops Training for SLT to develop role to provide link with parents Tuition costs for ‘bought in’ courses for parents

Additional opportunities provided for PP pupils in Club activities

Subsidies for PP pupils to access out of school learning including residential visits
Parental Involvement Moderate impact for moderate cost HLTA cover for workshops Training for SLT to develop role to provide link with parents Tuition costs for ‘bought in’ courses for parents

A range of workshops for parents to inform and support – provided by school and supported by LM Opportunities for parents to work with their children in school – focus on PP pupils

Opportunities for parents to access courses to enhance their own skills – free to PP families
Page Downloads Date  
Pupil Premium Expenditure Report 2015-16 15th Aug 2017 Download
Pupil Premium Strategy Report 2017-2018 09th Oct 2017 Download