Schools receive additional funding for any pupils who have been eligible for free school meals during the last 6 years, pupils who are looked after by the local authority or who are in care and for pupils from families where a parent serves in the armed forces.
Schools have the freedom to spend Pupil Premium Funding, which is in addition to the school’s core budget, in a way they think best to support the raising of attainment for pupils receiving the funding and closing achievement gaps with other pupils in the school.
In 2014/15 at Pudsey Waterloo there were 125 pupils eligible for the funding and the school received £162,974.
We used the funding in a range of ways including:
· The employment of 5 additional Teaching Assistants from January 2015 to support learning across the school and deliver small group interventions.
· Additional teacher input 3 mornings a week in year 3 for 2 terms to close the gap for vulnerable pupils.
· Additional learning mentor employed to provide emotional and social support for vulnerable children.
· Teaching Assistants attend training weekly so that they develop professionally and this ensures that the support for learning across school is effective.
· Mathletics maths ICT programme bought for all children in KS2 so that they can develop their independent maths skills and engage parents in supporting their learning at home.
· Subsidised residential visit in Year 6 to ensure that all pupils get the opportunity to spend a weekend away from home and further develop their personal, social and emotional skills.
· A free school trip for pupils in each year group that engaged all children in learning outside the classroom and stimulated the children’s learning across the curriculum.