Pupil Premium

At St Andrew’s the vast majority of pupil premium comes from pupils whose parents work for the Armed Forces. The school receives Service Pupil Premium as a result of these children attending St Andrew’s. The number of pupils, who receive pupil premium because their parents are on a low income or the child is a ‘looked after child’, is very low. Therefore, we have not included these children in this report in case we disclose their identity.

Service Pupil Premium

• SPP is money that is paid directly to state schools, free Schools and academies across England for supporting Service children. The amount is £300 per child in Years R-11.
• The Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. The premium enables schools to provide extra, mainly pastoral, support for children with parents in the Armed Forces.
• This premium is for children of currently serving Service Personnel, for those who have had a Service parent who has died in Service and also those who have left including through injury for up to a maximum of six years.
• Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have their own administrations and therefore have different arrangements. The premium in Northern Ireland is sourced differently and is applied for in October each year. This premium is also not for independent schools or for Service Children’s Education (SCE) schools.
• SPP is different from the Pupil Premium. Very few Service children are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
• Schools decide how the money is to be spent on Service children mainly on pastoral support. Unlike the Pupil Premium, SPP is not for attainment; however, mobile Service children may need targeted help in a new school to catch up with their class.
• School need to show how this money is spent, and OFSTED will check up on this. Different schools can and will spend the money in different ways;
• A child must live with their Service parent to be eligible for SPP. A child where the Service parent is the main carer, even if they are not biologically theirs, is also eligible.
• If you home educate your child, you agree to take on the financial responsibility of them and therefore are not eligible for SPP.
• SPP is different from the Education Support Fund (ESF). The funding comes directly from the Department for Education (DfE) and the ESF is funded by the MOD. The ESF can be applied for by all state schools across the whole of the UK.
• If you have spoken to the Head Teacher because you have a concern about how the money is being spent and haven’t received a satisfactory answer, then the best thing to do is to write to the Board of Governors.
• SPP cannot be claimed retrospectively.
• If your child was never registered for SPP whilst the parent was serving, and the Service person has now left the services, then they will not be able to register your child now for the school to claim SPP.
• Schools cannot claim SPP for children of MPGS or Reservists. However, if they were previously serving as a member of the Armed Forces from 2011, and their child was recorded as Service child in a January school census from 2011 onwards prior to the parent leaving the forces, these children will be counted under the ‘ever measure’.

Plans for the Academic Year 2016 – 2017

We have received a budget of £13320. The intake of Service children has increased our special educational needs group by 59%. This year we will be using some of the funding to support the children with special educational needs. A large portion of the funding will go towards paying for new trim trails for children in key stages 1 and 2. The purpose of this is to encourage play, provide lots of exercise and contribute to the well-being of Service children.We are also setting up a Service parents’ forum. The purpose of this is to discuss ways in which we can continue to support families. At the first meeting, the “Reading Force” scheme will be introduced to families.
We have also put in a grant application to fund the appointment of an SEN specialist who will be able to work alongside children causing concern or on the special educational needs register.
A review of the impact of SPP spending for the academic year 2016 – 2017 will be completed in September 2017

Review of the Academic Year 2015 – 2016

The school received a total of £6900 (23 x £300)
• For the second year running extra-curricular music lessons were paid for. 8 MOD children took advantage of this. Lessons for the year were £150 per child and so the total amount spent was £1200. The purpose of this was to encourage the new intake from Germany, and other destinations, to feel like they belonged to a group.
• The remaining money was put towards funding a new teaching assistant. The teaching assistant was based in Germany prior to this academic year and so understood the issues involved with moving country and moving schools. We felt she could offer pastoral support to the children, educational support and also advise the staff on the issues surrounding children on the move.

Impact of Service Pupil Premium Spending for the Year 2015 – 2016

We feel the vast majority of the new Service children settled quickly into St Andrew’s during the year 2015 -2016. We have worked hard to ensure that every child’s education is back on track and that they are working towards their potential.
• Every Service pupil at the end of Key Stage 2 (2016) met the standard for maths, reading, writing and spellings, punctuation and grammar.
• Every Service pupil at the end of Key Stage 1 (2016) met the standard for maths and reading. 87.5% of Service children met the standard for writing.

Pupil Premium 2014 – 2015

Pupil Premium funding for this financial year is £9600. This total is created in two ways:
1. Children from MOD families, children who receive ‘free school dinners’ and ‘looked after children’ are allocated additional funding. This money is used to support their learning and development as necessary. This year’s funding is £5700. So far we have used this funding to provide specific support for MOD children. We are tracking the funding carefully and looking for opportunities to support MOD pupils further. This includes paying for additional TA support in classrooms to release teachers to work with targeted children, providing our PIPs programme which supports children’s literacy skills. We have paid for educational visits. This year our aim is to ensure every pupil premium child benefits as a result of the funding.2. In addition to this the school receives Ever 6 funding which is generated in a different way. This money is used more globally. We use some of the funding to pay Mrs Godridge (teaching assistant) to deliver our 1st Class @ Number programme which is designed to support children working at level 1 in maths. This has had a very positive impact on the children’s understanding of maths. We have paid for a Circus Skills day to enhance enjoyment and to give some of our Pupil Premium children a new experience. The Ever 6 funding this year is £3900 .

Impact of Service Pupil Premium Spending for the Year 2014 – 2015

In June 2014 OFSTED said,
“There were too few Year 6 pupils in 2013 eligible for pupil premium funding to comment on their achievement without potentially identifying them. The school’s assessment data show that, across the school, these pupils’ attainment and rates of progress are similar to those of their classmates.”
“Pupil premium funding has been used effectively, for example to accelerate eligible pupils’ progress in mathematics. Support programmes for other pupils who need or who would benefit from extra help are now established in reading and in mathematics, but are less well developed in writing.”
“They [The Governors] have spent pupil premium funding wisely to ensure that it has the required impact on raising the achievement of eligible pupils.”
Academic outcomes for pupils at St Andrew’s are very positive.
This year we will be focusing on raising attainment in writing. We have already arranged additional support for Pupil Premium children in this area.