Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding given to schools in order to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
The amount of Pupil Premium funding a school receives is calculated according to the number of pupils who meet the eligibility criteria set by the government. At Kingsmead this is 60% of the total cohort. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision would be most effective for those individuals and groups of pupils identified as needing additional support.
Kingsmead uses it's Pupil Premium grant to continuously improve the offer for eligible children. This is done by ensuring that quality first teaching and small group and class sizes are used to ensure children receive the best and most specific teaching for their needs.
We also support activities such as the Free Breakfast Club (staffing and additional food), Reading Recovery teacher, Numbers Count teacher, Family Support Worker, Learning Mentor and Writing Tutorial teacher. In addition to this we run After School Booster classes and Easter school for all Year 6 pupils. Children who cannot afford to go on residential trips or other educational out of school activities are financially supported through the premium. A pool of bikes are maintained for children to learn to cycle and cycle instructors are employed. Year 6 transition activities and Early Years home visits are also supported through the premium.
More details of breakdown of each years spending and the impact can be requested from the school office by emailing email@example.com. Pupil Premium grant (PPG) spending is a regular item on governors meeting agendas and impact is measured and evaluated before writing the following years plan.
With 60% of the school eligible for PPG the school invests heavily in the quality of it's teachers and is a lead school for training new teachers. In 2014-15 Kingsmead is the lead school for teacher training, being responsible for leading a bespoke teacher training programme for 24 new entrants to the profession. 15 schools in our alliance buy into our training programme which specialises in training students in the best possible practice and highest attainment for PPG children across Hackney.
This use of teacher training to procure the best quality and well prepared teachers benefits pupils in a number of ways including better quality teachers, smaller class and group sizes for specifically targetted interventions and curriculum work, motivated experienced staff with better professional development opportunities and career progression. High calibre student teachers are therefore engaged working alongside experienced outstanding teachers and children are used to several teachers working together with one cohort of 30 children. Raising achievement meetings are held with each teacher and the senior leadership team to ensure that no child is left behind. In this way support can be assigned and monitored at a senior level.
In July 2014 80% of teaching was judged outstanding by our School Improvement Partners (external validation) and at our last OFSTED inspection the inspectors graded teaching as outstanding also.
There are 4 Specialist Leaders of Education teaching at Kingsmead and Gayhurst designated by the NCTL ensuring that new teachers and those who are more experienced know best how to get the highest results for PPG children and all pupils at the school.
In 2014 95% of PPG children achieved L4+ in National tests at KS2 and 32% of PPG achieved a combined level 5 for English and maths. 100% of pupils made expected progress and 75% of children achieved level 5 in reading. This attainment data shows that the work the school does for its targetted pupils does work and the impact puts our PPG children ahead of their national peers by some way.
The executive headteacher is a National Pupil Premium advisor and a National Leader of Education and carries out Pupil Premium reviews at a range of schools both locally and nationally. For more details on this and to request a PPG review please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning the main school number: 0208 985 5779
For more information on Pupil Premium please see https://www.gov.uk/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings