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Castleview School

Castleview School

Exceptional Schools Award

Pupil Premium

Statement in Regard to Pupil Premium Funding

All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for our pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs. This is an essential, integral part of the development of the whole school community.

The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their full potential.

The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil who have been eligible for Free School meals in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continually for six months and a smaller amount for children of services personnel.

This fixed amount of money will increase every year of the course of this current Parliament.

At Castleview the objectives for spending the Pupil Premium Grant are:

• Early intervention and support for children in receipt of PPG

• To narrow any gap in terms of attainment for children in receipt of PPG.

• To accelerate the progress for children in receipt of PPG.

Summary of Spending and Interventions in 2015-16


Total number of pupils who will benefit from PPG was 36, with 21 of those currently in receipt of Free School Meals.

Total amount of PPG - £47,520 (36 x £1,320)

The PPG will be used in the following ways:

  • 1:1 specialist support teaching
  • 1:1 tutoring with qualified teacher
  • Reading Recovery support
  • Group interventions with a qualified teacher
  • Additional TA hours to support in and out of class
  • 50% of the cost of school trips
  • Purchase of resources to support children
  • Purchase of ipads/tablets as required for PP children
  • Purchase of uniform as and when needed.
  • Support for SEN PPG children's extra curricular activities

The attainment of children receiving the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) across the school was higher than 'all children' and the gap has significantly narrowed in most cases.  The children in receipt of PPG made more than expected progress across the year with some making two years progress in one year!  It was evident that the PP support had had a positive impact on the children , with their attainment but also with their self-esteem.  The majority of the children who sat their KS2 SATs performed at least at the expected level, with some exceeding expected progress.  The feedback from the children and parents receiving the PPG support was very positive and that it had a significant positive effect on their learning and confidence. 

The staff learnt a great deal from working with our PP children and this knowledge was transferred back into school to clear up misconceptions that other children had too.  The PP children that had been 'pre-taught' topics, were able to become mini teachers and use their knowledge to teach other children who would also benefit from pre-teaching.  This increased the confidence of all involved.  The staff worked with children from other classes and year groups and this gave them a broader understanding of the curriculum across the primary years which enabled them to plan effective sequences of lessons based on a knowledge of what came before and comes afterwards. 

 Pupil Premium 2016-2017

This academic year we currently have 28 children in receipt of the PPG and this equates to £36,960.

With our children with the PPG there are a variety of barriers to achievement.  These are

  • EAL needs
  • SEN needs

We use a great deal of pre-teaching with our EAL PPG children as this enables them to have met the vocabulary at least once before the lesson.  This boosts their confidence prior to the lesson and gives them longer to embed their learning.  We also run a variety of workshops to show the parents exactly how we teach so that they can support their children at home.  These run for all parents so that parent to parent support can also take place.  We monitor the progress of our children through detailed tracking of their progress and attainment.  This is done via our tracking system as well as through discussions with the child, class teacher, LSAs and parents.

The next strategy review of our Pupil Premium policy and practice will be mid way through the year, in February 2017.