How do we know what additional resources our Pupil Premium children need access to?
Our main priority is for each and every child to reach their full potential. At Werrington Primary School we ensure that this happens through regular monitoring, support and adaptation of our provision for all children, but particularly children in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
We think it is vital to ask our Pupil Premium children what their needs are and what they think would help them to learn better. From this we then plan how best to use our funding to enhance the achievement of this group of children. The children tell us that they learn better when they have additional adults to help them, as it makes them feel more confident (see quotes below), therefore a large percentage of the Pupil Premium budget is spent on additional TAs in classrooms for English and maths support.
Mrs Bowles is really, really kind to us. She always helps me to do my work better. I like it when she asks me to work with her. (MC)
I can’t do my corrections on my own so I really like it when Mrs Bowles helps me as she helps me do it in an easier way. She helps me think of adjectives and noun phrases. It would be harder without her. (AR)
When I get stuck on my work Mrs Bowles helps me. (ZC)
Mrs Bowles describes how to do it so I understand. She also helps me with the Champions Challenge because I can’t always do it. (JO)
It’s easier when Mrs Bowles is in your classroom because then if I am stuck and no-one is there she comes and helps us. She also helps me with my phonics as I don’t know how to do my f ans s (MC)
Mrs Butterworth gives me some ideas when I can’t do it, so I can do it (CC)
Mrs Butterworth helps me remember where to put punctuation and if she didn’t help me I wouldn’t know where to put it! (RA)
Mrs Butterworth can explain it a bit better so it helps me to learn more. (ZF)
When I started this school I didn’t know where to put full stops and I got my b and d the wrong way round but Mrs Butterworth taught me not to so now I don’t. (JA)
I used to put ‘And’ to start a sentence but Mrs Butterworth taught me not to. (RP)
Mrs Butterworth helps me with spellings, full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.
I have got better at reading comprehensions as I get to practise with Mrs Burton. She also helps me up-level my words in English, without her I can’t think of better ones. (JE)
When I get stuck Mrs Burton helps me with the method. If she hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have known what to do (SG)
Mrs Burton taught me not to give up! I was stuck on my 7x table but now I can do it! (NA)
Mrs Burton helps me pass book quizzes as she reminds me to look in my book. (FH)
Mrs Burton encourages you. When she works with me I love it as she helps me to do better work. (LO)
She helps me with my maths when it is hard. If Mrs Burton wasn’t there I probably wouldn’t be able to do it. When she is not in my class I am sad because I might not be able to do it. I like it when she’s there. (MY)
Mrs Anton helps me understand where I went wrong so I can get it right. She also helps me with my reading (LH)
Mrs Anton makes learning more fun, I really like working with her! (EM)
I like having Mrs Anton to read to, it’s nice having an adult to read to as no-one does at home (ZK)
My learning would be tricky without Mrs Moore, she makes it easier for me to learn. (LY)
I feel more confident when Mrs Moore works with me as I know I’ll be able to do it. (LM)
I didn’t know how to multiply fractions but Mrs Moore taught me the phrase ‘keep, change, flip’ and now I can do it! (HM)
Mrs Moore taught me the methods for addition and subtraction as I always used to get them muddled up but now I don’t (BB)
Mrs Forrest is really friendly, kind, patient and lovely. She helps me all the time. Life without her would be hard and the school day would be long. Out of ten I would give her one billion! (EL)
Obviously teacher led groups happen in all classrooms daily but our Pupil Premium children also find they benefit when they go out in smaller teacher led groups. Our more able learners clearly feel this enhances their learning, shown in the quotes below.
I prefer it when Mrs Revell has just my maths group as I can get more of her time, we don’t have to share her. (EK)
I learn more when Mrs Revell has my maths group as it is quieter. (MB)
I love it when I go out with just rectangles as I learn a lot more and we do more things. (DS)
I really like being in a smaller group with Mrs Threadgill as it is more of a challenge. We get to discuss problems on our tables which really helps me learn. (BB)
I liked going out with Mrs Threadgill as it was more complicated. She gave me a clearer explanation of what to do so I got more done. It was challenging and I liked that. (HE)
Due to the children responding so well to smaller teacher led groups we have found the children also really benefit by having Booster lessons in year 6 to consolidate and enhance classroom learning. This is what the children have to say about these additional sessions:
I like going to Boosters as there is only a few of us so you get to have lots of time with the teacher. I have learnt more by going there. (ED)
I like having a different teacher for Boosters as they can explain things in a different way. I am more confident to ask something as there are not many of us” (BB)
I get more help than usual because there are only a few of us. I am really pleased I go. (HM)
Sometimes I need a bit of extra help so Booster lessons are really good because now I realise what I need to do. (PL)
Normally I get stuck in English and by going to Boosters I can now get all 3 marks in a 3 mark question. (LY)
Mathletics is an additional club we offer, both before and after school, as listening to the children and their parents they find this opportunity essential:
I go to Mathletics because I like doing maths. I like being able to do my homework. (MB)
I like going to Mathletics because it is better than staying at home and doing nothing (EK)
I go to Mathletics before school so Mum can go to work as she has to start at 8.30am (LH)
I go to Mathletics as it saves my Mum. I love playing against my friends on Live Mathletics (CC)
I like going to Mathletics as I can earn a certificate. I get to do more maths and my maths is really good now. (RA)
We try to engage our children in fun, stimulating learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom; providing experiences that they may not otherwise have. Therefore throughout the year we plan educational trips off site alongside residentials for each KS2 class. A valuable percentage of the Pupil Premium budget is therefore spent on ensuring all Pupil Premium children can access these trips:
I liked sleeping over for two nights with my friends as I haven’t had a sleep over before. I got a certificate for being polite, I’m so pleased I got to go! (CC)
I enjoyed Stibbington as I got to do new things and learn new things. (JE)
We got lots of fresh air, I love being outside, it was sooo exciting! (RP)
Stibbington was really good as I got to sleep with my friends and I got to make breakfast and dinner. (ZF)
At the British Museum I was stunned, so stunned! I ha dread a lot in books but I couldn’t believe what I saw! This was actually proof that history exists. The Lion King was absolutely spiffing! I’ve never seen anything like it before! This was the best day ever, a day I will never forget. When I’m older I now want to be a historian! (AG)
Our priorities this term to narrow the difference between our pupil premium children and our non-pupil premium children are as follows:
- Continue to provide additional TA support for English and maths in years 1-6 as the children benefit greatly from this additional support.
- Ensure all Pupil Premium children have next step SMART targets in place and that the relevant TAs are using these when working with the children. This will ensure everyone working with the child knows the areas to develop and that any gaps in learning are filled.
- To ensure there is an increased percentage of children who are secure in writing and bring it in line with reading, as currently this is not the case.
- To ensure all PP children receive the appropriate support because every child needs to achieve their potential.
- To increase the % of children at secure in year 6 across R, W and M because we want our children to achieve Expected or the Higher standard in the KS2 SAT’s.
- Carry on funding 50% of trips for children who are currently receiving free school meals and 75% of residential costs as it is essential these experiences are had.