At Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery we are determined that, by the time children leave the school they have achieved high standards in English and Maths, on top of the further opportunities our curriculum and ‘Over and Above’ programme offers them. Our pupil outcomes are consistently above national averages.
“Pupil outcomes are outstanding as a result of the relentless drive from all adults to constantly improve the progress of every pupil.” OFSTED Report
The Pupil Premium is a sum of money that is allocated to schools to ensure that all children have an equal chance to succeed. The Pupil Premium funding is determined by:
- The number of children who are registered for Free School Meals
- The number of children who are classed as 'Looked after Children'
- The number of children with parents in the Armed Forces.
The school currently receives £16,480 PA in Pupil Premium funding.
How we spend the money…
The money we receive is strictly ring-fenced so it only spent on the children who qualify for it. This is how we are spending the money this year:
We employ a Higher Level Teaching Assistant as Vulnerable Groups Manager - Michelle Maguire. Mrs Maguire provides additional support for a range of children, some of whom are eligible for Pupil Premium money. A proportion of Mrs Maguire’s salary is paid for by the Pupil Premium funding. This is proportionate to the amount of her time which she spends on the eligible children. As Vulnerable Groups Manager, Mrs Maguire works alongside the Headteacher to identify children who need support, then liaises with the class teacher of each child to decide the nature of support. Our Headteacher, Ian Dewes, and Deputy Head, Sandra Barnes, also provide additional teaching for pupil premium children. Recent examples include:
- Supporting a Year 2 child during writing lessons
- Developing the range of vocabulary for a group of Reception children
- Supporting a Year 2 child with specific areas of their mathematical development
- Helping a child in Reception to catch-up with her peers in phonic
In addition to this we spend money on ad-hoc areas as issues arrive. Recent examples include:
- Buying resources for children to support their learning at home
- Hiring an interpreter to improve home-school communications with a family
- Paying for, or subsidising the costs of, school trips for particular children
Monitoring of Pupil Premium
The school's governors monitor the school's actions in the area of Pupil Premium. The Finance and Premises committee scrutinise termly how the money is spent, while the Performance and Standards committee closely look at the impact of spending each term.
Impact of spending on pupil's learning in 2016-17
The table below details the progress and attainment of children who qualify for pupil premium funding (referred to by the government as 'disadvantaged').