Pupil Premium Information
Updated October 2016
It should be noted that the school receives its pupil premium allocation at varying times during the financial year. Typically the bulk allocation is received mid July, with further payments received periodically up to the following March.
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded school in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Which Pupils are entitled to Pupil Premium at Southbrook?
At Southbrook, as in all other schools, the pupils who are entitled to Pupil Premium are:-
- Pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM)
- Pupils in Care/Looked after by a Local Authority (LAC)
- Pupils whose parent (parents) is/are currently serving in the Armed Forces
- Pupils who have been adopted
Do schools have to spend the additional funding on individual pupils?
The Department for Education (DfE) state that the funding is not ring fenced and is not for individual pupils. They state that schools are best placed to determine how the additional funding can be deployed to have maximum impact.
How are we spending Pupil Premium at Southbrook?
Southbrook School – Pupil Premium Grant 2015-16
Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Total number of pupils on roll (January 2015 Census): 117
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (January 2015 Census): 48
Total amount of PPG received: (July 2015): £65,175
Summary of PPG spending 2015-2016 (academic year).
Objectives in spending PPG: - How do we target PPG at Southbrook?
As a special school, all pupils who attend Southbrook are highly vulnerable and many have several diagnoses or difficulties which present them with barriers to their learning and personal development. The targeting of interventions is based on holistic assessments of pupil needs (social/emotional/medical/academic), and takes account of their statement of SEN or EHCP whether in receipt of PPG or not. We carry out termly and on going analysis of all pupil progress, including pupils eligible for PPG.
Based on this, and our identification of social/emotional/behavioural/mental health needs, our objectives are:-
· To raise achievement, improve progress and develop functional skills for pupils in literacy and numeracy
· To build pupils’ independence, resilence, social skills and emotional wellbeing in order for them to fully access the curriculum, enrichment and wider opportunities
How the Governing Body holds school leaders to account for the spending of the PPG
Senior Leaders report at least termly to the Full Governing Body on all aspects of pupil progress and achievement. The progress of the group of pupils eligible for PPG is closely monitored and compared to that of the whole school. The Governors monitor the use of this funding to ensure best value is obtained and that it is targeted to those eligible for PPG.
Summary of spending and actions taken for 2015-2016 academic year
- Continued employment of literacy/numeracy HLTA on permanent contract, including essential training for this role. To provide 1:1/small group support for PPG pupils as required. HLTA salary - £21,038
- Full time (additional) pastoral support worker to provide support to PPG pupils and families who need it .Pastoral Support salary - £18,184
- Funding to support access to curriculum enrichment, residential opportunities and personalised packages at Key Stage 4, as required for PPG pupils - £13,000
- Funding for specialist resources, equipment and therapeutic provision as required - £8,000
- Allocation towards staff training in specific therapies/areas related to complex pupil needs: £5,000
Total spend: £ 65,222
Outcomes for pupils eligible for the PPG spending: 2015-2016
Over the past four years those pupils eligible for PPG have made progress across the curriculum in line with those not eligible for PPG.
Planned spending and actions for 2016-17 academic year
How are we spending PPG in the current academic year 2016-17?
Allocation – £66,443
- Continued employment of literacy/numeracy HLTA and additional HLTA role to support our most complex pupil needs on permanent contract, including essential training for this role. To provide 1:1/small group support for PPG pupils as required. HLTA salary - £29,295
- Part time (additional) pastoral support worker to provide support to PPG pupils and families who need it .Pastoral Support salary - £8,258
- Funding to support access to curriculum enrichment/residential opportunities as required for PPG pupils - £13,000
- Funding for specialist resources, equipment and therapeutic provision as required - £11,000
- Allocation towards staff training in specific therapies and areas relating to complex pupil needs: £5,000