As part of the funding that schools receive, a proportion of this, called the Pupil Premium, is based on the number of pupils who have Free School Meals and for those whose parents are in the armed forces or pupils who are 'Looked After' by the Local Authority. It is the responsibility of schools to publish their Pupil Premium details - how much of their total funding comes from this, how this is allocated and what impact it has on the education of the pupils.
Out of the budget we receive for the school, a total of £56 282 came from the Pupil Premium funding in the academic year 2011-2012, which rose to £85 437 for 2012-2013, then to £98 100 in 2013-2014 and £133 100 in 2014-15. (This was largely due to annual increases in the Pupil Premium funding per pupil over the years). However, in 2015-2016 we have had fewer pupils receiving free school meals, despite an active drive by the school to encourage more parents to apply for this funding. As a consequence, funding has gone down to £124 080 in 2015-2016.
In 2011-2012, we used the funding to employ an extra teacher in year 6, to support extra reading provision for our younger pupils as well as additional speech, language and literacy support throughout the school. The main result of this was that our Pupil Premium pupils, as well as our non-Pupil Premium pupils made better progress than national average figures in English and Maths from the end of Key Stage 1 through to the end of Key Stage 2, despite low baseline results.
In 2012-2013, we provided more intensive support for groups of pupils, focusing on effective feedback from teachers, as well as ensuring the continued smaller class work in year 6. The headteacher has produced regular reports and data analysis for the Full Governing Body. This information has also been used at School Leadership Team meetings and pupil progress meetings with individual staff to plan further ways forward.
In 2013-2014, we used the funding to develop the impact of quality-first teaching. In connection with those pupils covered by the pupil premium, many also feature in the high mobility we experience in our school population, particularly in years 2 and 3. In addition to the quality-first targetted teacher intervention work we used in 2012-2013, we employed an extra teacher in phase 2/3 and provided a leading teacher into phase 4/5, thus enabling us to target pupil premium pupils with more intervention work. The funding has also been used to pay for a nurse, as part of the Healthy School Plus programme to support these families; to fund more extra-curricular activities to broaden the opportunities and horizons of pupils and support for specific pupils. All these measures have had a profound effect on improving the learning opportunities for the pupil premium pupils. Once the official results for this year are published by the government, we will give you this data here.
In 2014-2015, we used the funding to continue the impact of quality-first teaching. In connection with those pupils covered by the pupil premium, many also featured in the high mobility we experience in our school population, particularly in years 2 and 3. In addition to the quality-first targetted teacher intervention work across the school, we employed additional support teachers in phases 1-2, 3-4 and 5-6 as well as for a nurse, as part of the Healthy School Plus programme to support these families; extra-curricular activities to broaden the opportunities and horizons of pupils and continued support for specific pupils.
In 2015-2016, we are using the funding to further provide extra quality-first teaching across all year groups, including extra teaching staff in phase 5-6, plus specialist teachers/Higher Level Teaching assistants for music and PE. Funding has also been used to provide more specialist welfare support for families, such as the 'Inspire/Ignite' service and our school nurse. Funding has also enabled us to employ some teaching assistants on grades which allow us to enhance our quality-first provision. Pupil premium funding has provided school sweatshirts for the families who receive Free School Meals and breakfast club places.
The Percentage of Pupil Premium Pupils (as reported in RaiseOnline Report)
2013 2014 2015
Stepney 49.5% 44.7% 41.8%
National 26.7% 26.6% 26%
The Performance of Pupil Premium pupils at Stepney:
- achieving a 'good level of development at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage was better than the national attainment and with a smaller gap between them and non-pupil premium pupils;
- passing the year 1 phonics screening test was worse than national attainment with a bigger gap than in the previous year;
- passing the phonics screening retake at the end of year 2 was better than national attainment and with a smaller gap;
In the Key Stage 1 SATs, our pupil premium children achieved better in all core subjects combined than the national attainment and with a smaller gap with non-pupil premium children. Individually, our pupil premium children performed better in writing and maths than the national average and with a smaller gap, although reading was below the national attainment.
In the Key Stage 2 SATs, our pupil premium children achieved worse than the national attainment in all subjects this year, which reflected the preformance of this particular cohort overall. Gaps between pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils was smaller in Reading, Writing and Maths combined, plus in writing and 'Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling'.