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Headteacher: Tracy Serle

Email: school@bhjs.org.uk

Address: Bromley Heath Junior School
Quakers Road
Downend
Bristol
BS16 6NJ

Pupil Premium Strategy

What is Pupil Premium?

In 2011-2012 the Government set up a special fund called the Pupil Premium. This additional funding is given to schools in an effort to address inequalities between low-income families and their peers and is aimed at helping those children flourish in education.  Funds are paid directly to school and the amount received is based on the number of children who receive free school meals. The premium for 2017-2018 is £1320 per pupil.

Schools are free to spend their Pupil Premium grant as they see fit. The Headteacher has absolute discretion to decide using all reasonable endeavours, how best the Pupil Premium be spent to benefit each child.  The Headteacher will, so far as reasonable and practicable, consult with the leadership team, governing body, all staff and/or other stakeholders, to assist her in making a well informed decision. There is a lower percentage of children at Bromley Heath Junior School allocated Pupil Premium than the national average. From September 2012, schools were required to publish information about how they spent the Pupil Premium during the previous year and strategies planned for the forthcoming year.

At Bromley Heath Junior School we believe in personalising learning by responding to individual children’s learning needs. All children deserve the very best education no matter what their background.  We constantly monitor all children’s progress to ensure that they are achieving the results we expect them to achieve.

How much Pupil Premium did we receive?

During the financial year 2015-16, Bromley Heath Junior School received £14,940 worth of Pupil Premium finding for children in receipt of Free School Meals.

How did we spend our Pupil Premium funding?

Support Type Nature of Support Cost Impact
Tuition A Pupil Premium Champion was employed to work with Pupil Premium children on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis based on needs.

 

The focus of support was dependent upon each individual child. Learning was based on targets from teacher assessment and personalised to suit each child’s interests and needs. Sessions lasted from 35-50mins. All pupil premium children were in receipt of tuition throughout the year.

 

£3,971
  • There was increased motivation and engagement with learning for those children who have received tuition
  • There was improved progress for those children who have received tuition
  • All children are on track to make at least 12 points progress with some children expected to exceed this target
  • It is expected that all PP children will make two sublevels progress this year and anticipated that writing progress may be higher than this
  • Attitudes towards learning and engagement in class activities has improved for the children receiving tuition
  • All data will be updated at the end of the year
Intervention Groups

 

 

Teaching assistants have been employed to work either 1:1 or in small targeted groups to provide tuition/intervention and booster group support in maths, writing or reading (depending on individual needs)

 

An additional teacher was employed to provide small booster groups to close gaps and support children to make progress (subjects dependent on need)

 

 

£2,813

 

 

  • There was increased motivation and engagement with learning for those children who have received intervention
  • There was improved progress for those children who have received intervention in reading, writing and maths.
  • Pupil Premium Children made an average of 4 points progress across reading, writing and maths with all children on target to meet Age Related Expectations under current guidelines.
  • Children made the best progress in writing (which was the subject of the majority of support) with the average closer to 5 points progress.
  • All children are on track to make at least 12 points progress with some children expected to exceed this target.
Emotional and Behavioural Coaching Sports coaches were employed to provide small group mentoring. They focussed upon social, emotional and behavioural support tailoring sessions to suit individual needs. They aimed to promote positive behaviour and positive attitudes towards learning. TAs were additionally involved in providing emotional and behavioural coaching (see below)

 

£2,470
  • FSM and LAC children were assessed for any behavioural or social need by their class teachers. Any children put forward were offered specific mentoring or small group work by coaches or teaching assistants.
  • This has led to an improved attitude to school life, a more purposeful manner when interacting with peers and a better attitude to learning.
  • Children have shown improved behaviour in class and a reduction of negative consequences used by class teachers to manage behaviour.
  • 50% of our Pupil Premium children received emotional or behavioural support throughout the year.
Supply Release Preparation and participation in pupil premium meetings. 1 half day per term. £594
  • Children enjoyed accessing learning through interactive and engaging activities.
Educational Resources Resources to support learning in core subjects £1,000
  • Children actively engaging in physical learning resources led to accelerated pupil progress
Reading Assistant To support learners with a range of reading skills. (Books, CD’s, Headphones and Maths Resources) £2,436
  • To ensure individual targets are met, for example de-coding unfamiliar words and ascertaining meaning from the context.
The provision of a Family Link Worker to support families A Family Link Worker is employed to support families across our school. When families of Pupil Premium children were seen to require extra support, they were referred by staff to the Family Link Worker who provided tailored support to suit the family. £501
  • All FSM children were contacted by the Family Link Worker in Jan 2014. She established areas of support for each child and their family. They were offered personalised intervention ranging from listening services and mentoring to advice on encouraging positive behaviour.
Clubs All children were offered the opportunity to attend high-quality, enriching after-school clubs in an area of interest to them at no cost. This provided our Pupil Premium children with the chance to experience a wide-range of extra-curricular activities. £78
  • Pupil Premium Children had free choice as to which clubs they could attend with a range offered from music, art, sport and drama. These clubs were available to all Pupil Premium Children.
  • 1 pupil took part in guitar lessons
Trips All educational trips were funded by Pupil Premium for Pupil Premium learners. £1,025
  • Depending on the type of trip, education, social, emotional and life-skills.

How much Pupil Premium funding will we receive in 2016-17?

During the financial year 2016-17, Bromley Heath Junior School will receive £11,440 worth of Pupil Premium finding for children in receipt of Free School Meals and Looked After Children. This will be broken down as follows:

  • Free School Meals Children – £9,240
  • Looked After Children – £1,900
  • Service Children – £300

How do we plan to use our Pupil Premium funding in 2016-17?

During the next year, the Pupil Premium is to be spent on:

  • Continued mentoring and coaching from Sport’s Coaches to improve attitudes to learning and boost children’s confidence within school. The focus will be emotional and behavioural support
  • Provision of a daily Reading assistant to support reading and writing for all Pupil Premium children
  • Additional hours for Pupil Premium teacher to support 1:1 or 1:2 targeted interventions to secure better-than-expected outcomes. She will focus on gap filling and particularly improved writing following successful outcomes for writing interventions during 2016-17
  • Continued interventions led by teachers and teaching assistants. These will be based on children’s individual needs assessed by class teachers and during Pupil Progress Meetings
  • School trips and other extra-curricular activities which parents are normally expected to contribute towards, such as theatre visits and music lessons

In addition, the school will continue to support our Pupil Premium children by:

  • Providing a Family Link worker to establish strong working relationships between school and home. She will ensure that her support is available for families in receipt of Pupil Premium and devise strategies to best support them
  • Additional mentoring and support from Teaching Assistants for Pupil Premium children in their classes
  • Continued access to free clubs to enrich the experiences of Pupil Premium children
  • Continued additional teacher support in classrooms through use of guided groups and naming children on planning

We will continue to monitor the impact of Pupil Premium funding through close monitoring of Pupil Premium children’s progress throughout the year. We will adjust provision for each child in order to best meet their needs throughout their time at Bromley Heath Junior School.

If you feel that your child may be entitled to the Pupil Premium, please contact the office who will be happy to help.