Context of the school
Fernvale Primary School has 229 pupils, in 8 classes and ranges from FS to Y6. We are a Leicestershire school but extremely close to the Leicester City boundary and a high proportion of children (approx. 33%) come from out of our catchment area, this is however now decreasing with only 10% in foundation and year 1 with the new housing that has been developed in the area. The school’s admission number is 30.
Our school community is diverse in social and cultural terms. 47% of pupils are boys though there are large variations from year group to year group. 35.7% of children are from minority ethnic backgrounds. 16.2% are from homes where English is not the first language. 8.1% are on the SEN record. There are currently 1% children with EHCP. Currently 5.4% of pupils are in receipt of FSM (Pupil Premium money is used to support 13% of pupils. Ofsted 2013. At Fernvale, we believe that children are entitled to a Primary education that offers quality, breadth of experience, standard of excellence and a sense of community.
Fernvale Primary School’s Ofsted October 2013:
Pupils eligible for the pupil premium also make good progress and the school uses its extra funding effectively. The gap in attainment between them and their classmates at the end of Year 2 is closing quickly.
The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it has been used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
2018 - 2019
The DfE has given us the freedom to use the Pupil premium as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupil needs. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.
Building Belief: We will provide a culture where: staff believe in ALL children, there are “no excuses” made for underperformance, staff adopt a “solution-focused” approach to overcoming barriers, staff support children to develop “growth” mind-sets towards learning.
Analysing Data We will ensure that: All staff are involved in the analysis of data so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school. We use research (Such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit) to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective.
Identification of Pupils We will ensure that: ALL teaching staff and support staff are involved in analysis of data and identification of pupils. ALL staff are aware of who pupil premium and vulnerable children are. ALL pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming. Underachievement at all levels is targeted (not just lower attaining pupils). Children’s individual needs are considered carefully so that we provide support for those children who could be doing “even better if…..”
Improving Day to Day Teaching: We will continue to ensure that all children across the school receive good teaching, with increasing percentages of outstanding teaching achieved by using our team leaders to: Set high expectations. Address any within-school variance. Ensure consistent implementation of the non-negotiable, e.g. marking and guided reading. Share good practice within the school and draw on external expertise. Provide high quality CPD. Improve assessment through joint levelling and moderation.
Increasing learning time: We will maximise the time children have to “catch up” through: Improving attendance and punctuality. Providing earlier intervention (KS1 and EYFS). Extended learning out of school hours including early mornings and after school.
Individualising support “There’s no stigma attached to being in an intervention in this school. Everyone needs something, whatever that might be, and so they’re all getting something somewhere.”
Does your child qualify for Pupil Premium funding?
It is important that if you are eligible for free school meals that you apply before January 2015 for your child to be allocated with this additional funding.
If your child is in Foundation, Year 1 or year 2 and is receiving universal infant free school meals you will still need to apply for free school meals for your child to receive the additional funding.
Pupil premium funding will provide:
- A reduction in school uniform.
- Free school milk.
- A reduction in the cost of educational trips and residential visits.
- Support with educational resources and facilities.