PUPIL PREMIUM

If you think that your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding, please contact the school as soon as possible.

If you know another Clavering child who you think might qualify, please encourage their parent(s)/carer(s) to apply.

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Ofsted 2014:

This is a very caring and inclusive school where all pupils are valued and are able to access all the school has to offer. Staff work hard to make sure that all groups of pupils do as well as they can, for example in removing the gap in achievement between those pupils eligible for pupil premium funding and their peers.

Equality of opportunity is central to the work of the school and the school is very successful in removing any barriers to learning so that there are no differences in the achievement of different groups of pupils in the school.

Pupils who are eligible for free school meals and supported by the pupil premium achieve as well as others in the school. School data shows that there are no gaps in progress in English and mathematics between eligible pupils and their peers because of the good quality of the extra help provided for them such as learning in smaller groups.

INTRODUCTION

1. What is the Pupil Premium?

‘The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11’ (DfE, Dec 2013).

2. Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium funding?

There are currently three types of Pupil Premium allocation: Pupil Premium, Pupil Premium Plus and Service Child Premium.

In order to receive this additional funding, as a school we are required to provide information to the Department for Education confirming which children meet the government criteria.

Pupil Premium: £1,320 per eligible pupil

If your child is eligible for free school meals or has been in the last six years this will generate pupil premium funding. To be eligible for free school meals you must be in receipt of the appropriate benefits and have submitted an application for free school meals to the Local Authority Benefits Team (details of which are available by clicking here or from speaking to Mrs Skirving in the school office).

If you qualify for the appropriate benefits, but have chosen not to apply for free school meals, please consider applying. You do not have to take up the free school meal to attract the funding. Free school meals cannot be backdated, so you should only apply if you currently qualify.

Pupil Premium Plus: £1,900 per eligible pupil

This grant is for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.

This grant is also available for Looked-after children (LAC) (defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority); however, funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.

Service Child Premium: £300 per eligible pupil

Pupils in year groups Reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR: ALLOCATION

How are we allocating our Pupil Premium funding in 2016-2017? 

Our allocation for Pupil Premium for 2016-2017 is £89,080 and is being used as follows:

  • to help fund the school structure seen as being most desirable for teaching and learning: in 2016-2017, we continue to be a two-form entry school from Reception to Year 6 (for the third year in the school's history), enabling all pupil-premium-eligible pupils to be educated in single-year-group classes;
  • to fund targeted one-to-one tuition in the Autumn and Spring Term for all Pupil-Premium-eligible-pupils in Year 6;
  • to help fund additional hours of teacher-assistant and HLTA support;
  • to offer financial support for the funding of peripatetic music tuition; 
  • to offer financial support in the purchase of school uniform and any other relevant resources;
  • to offer financial support for full participation in the 'Clavering PE and Sport Programme' (see below);
  • to fund places for children eligible for Pupil Premium on all of our Key Stage 2 residentials (see below);
  • to fund places for children eligible for Pupil Premium on the John Muir Award Programme for children in Year 6 (see below);
  • to fund places for children eligible for Pupil Premium on all educational visits.

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2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR: ALLOCATION AND YEAR 6 RESULTS

How did we allocate our Pupil Premium funding in 2015-2016? 

Our allocation for Pupil Premium for 2015-2016 is £86,580 and is being used as follows:

  • to help fund the school structure seen as being most desirable for teaching and learning: in 2015-2016, we continue to be a two-form entry school from Reception to Year 6 (for the second year in the school's history), enabling all pupil-premium-eligible pupils to be educated in single-year-group classes;
  • to fund targeted one-to-one tuition in the Autumn and Spring Term for all Pupil-Premium-eligible-pupils in Year 6;
  • to help fund additional hours of teacher-assistant and HLTA support;
  • to offer financial support for the funding of peripatetic music tuition;
  • to offer financial support in the purchase of school uniform and any other relevant resources;
  • to offer financial support for full participation in the 'Clavering PE and Sport Programme' (see below);
  • to fund places for children eligible for Pupil Premium on all of our Key Stage 2 residentials (see below);
  • to fund places for children eligible for Pupil Premium on the John Muir Award Programme for children in Year 6 (see below);
  • to fund places for children eligible for Pupil Premium on all educational visits.

How did our Year 6 Pupil-Premium-eligible-pupils perform in 2015-2016?

Clavering pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant in our 2015-2016 Year 6 cohort outperformed the national averages for children eligible for the Pupil Premium grant (i.e. those classed as being 'disadvantaged'); they outperformed the national averages for all children; and, most impressively of all, they outperformed the national averages for children not eligible for the Pupil Premium grant (i.e. those classed as not being 'disadvantaged'):

  • 77% of Clavering pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant met the standard in the READING SAT, in comparison with the national average for all pupils of 66% and the national average for non-disadvantaged pupils of 71%; 
  • 85% of Clavering pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant met the standard in the GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION AND SPELLING SAT, in comparison with the national average for all pupils of 72% and the national average for non-disadvantaged pupils of 78%;
  • 85% of Clavering pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant met the standard in WRITING TEACHING ASSESSMENT, in comparison with the national average for all pupils of 74% and the national average for non-disadvantaged pupils of 79%;
  • 85% of Clavering pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant met the standard in the MATHS SAT, in comparison with the national average for all pupils of 70% and the national average for non-disadvantaged pupils of 75%;
  • 62% of Clavering pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant met the standard in the READING SAT, WRITING TACHER ASSESSMENT AND MATHS SAT, in comparison with the national average for all pupils of 53% and the national average for non-disadvantaged pupils of 60%. 

Why fund places on Clavering residentials and the Clavering John Muir Award Programme?

We believe that our residentials and participation in the Clavering John Muir Award Programme play an important part in our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We want all our children to have the opportunity to participate in these special activities which is why we use part of our Pupil Premium budget to fund places for eligible children.

A lot of research suggests that participating in residentials and programmes like the John Muir Award can have a positive impact on academic attainment and on ‘narrowing the gap’ between children who are academically successful and ‘vulnerable groups’ of children.

When we first made this commitment in 2011-2012, data indicated that Pupil-Premium-eligible-pupils who participated in our John Muir Award Programme outperformed those who didn't in Reading, Writing and Maths. This was the case, again, in 2012-2013. Now, such a high percentage of pupil-premium-eligible children take up the free offer to participate in our John Muir Award Programme and Year 6 Residential that it is pointless (and often impossible) to make comparisons with the data.

The success of our Pupil-Premium-eligible-pupils and their funded involvement with the 'Clavering PESSPA' (which includes our three progressively challenging residentials) has been researched by 'Transforming Tees' as an example of outstanding practice. A case study has been published on the 'Transforming Tees' website.