In our school last year pupils in year 1 and 2 achieved well in phonics. 86% of our pupils attained the expected level, compared to 83% nationally.
Attainment of Pupil Premium pupils meeting the expected standard in R, W and M was on a par with ‘all pupils’ in years 1, 2,4,5 and 6. The Gap between Pupil premium pupils in Reading, Writing and Maths continues to narrow when comparing to National data. Pupil Premium pupils progress scores were similar to other groups in R, W and M. This was helped by our targeted support and focus on reading and writing.
In Key Stage 2, the progress made by pupil premium children was in line with all pupils in Reading, and Maths. An 8% gap exists between Pupil premium pupils and all other pupils in writing.
The Gap between School Pupil Premium pupils and National continues to narrow in Reading and Writing. Our targeted approach to supporting year 6 pupils had a positive impact in ensuring that children eligible for pupil premium funding progressed in line with those who were not.
Another big focus for us has been on attendance. Mentoring and support resulted in 95% of our 37 families identified as having very low attendance improving, with 88% achieving 95% attendance in the summer term. Our pupil premium pupils however attended school less regularly on average than other pupils. This gap has narrowed in comparison to 2016/17. This year our attendance officer and family support workers will be helping pupils with irregular attendance and working in close partnership with their families to make sure valuable learning time is not lost.
We also believe all children should have opportunities for sporting and cultural enjoyment and learning and to have a calm and relaxed start to their day. We therefore also use some of our funds to give wider learning opportunities, for example through our swimming, music, theatre trips and clubs. Our pie chart above shows the different ways we are using our pupil premium money this year. Click on the link to the Ofsted pupil premium analysis grid.
Each school now receives money to support disadvantaged pupils. The funding is allocated according to the number of children who are eligible for free school meals, or who have been eligible in the past six years, those pupils whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces or are Looked After Children. Schools are closely monitored on the improvements for pupils that this additional money makes.
To address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers, pupil premium funding and interventions has been strategically planned for the academic year 2018/19. This will ensure the disadvantaged pupils are supported and attainment gaps are narrowed.
The school is committed to ensuring every pupil achieves their very best and through staff training, we are constantly reviewing and developing the quality of teaching, learning and individual feedback that every child receives. Research indicates that these elements are the key to helping pupils to make rapid progress. Teaching staff are aware of which children are allocated funding through the pupil premium and they take every opportunity to subtly encourage and support those children even further. Teaching staff have received training on pupil premium to raise the overall awareness and importance with strategies in place to identify pupil premium pupils. An extensive list of interventions are on-going to support pupils, this will be tracked and impact measured.
During 2017/18, Thameside Primary School received £218,660. This equates to 22% of pupils who are entitled to support from pupil premium. This is below the national average. The money, as well as some additional funding from the main school budget, is being used to ensure that all children achieve their very best and is used to provide a range of opportunities and experiences for our pupils. The allocation of spending is shown in the pie chart below.
Pupil Premium Funding 2018/19