Pupil Premium Information

Background Information

Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and is an amount of money (currently £1320 per eligible pupil) allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.  Schools also receive funding for pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and pupils of service personnel.  Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit.  However, they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding at Vauxhall

At Vauxhall Primary School, we use the Pupil Premium to support individuals and groups of pupils who fall into the categories outlined above.  The school also uses the pupil premium to support other individuals and groups of children who the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.  This is done through a needs analysis and referral system.  The academic progress of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium is carefully monitored using an internal tracking system which informs decision making regarding appropriate interventions.  Wider school experience such as attendance at clubs and opportunities to engage in extra-curricular activities is also carefully monitored to ensure pupils at a social disadvantage have a rich and varied school experience. 

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-2017

How the Pupil Premium allocation was spent in 2016- 2017

In 2016/2017 the allocation for Pupil Premium was £168,960

The Pupil Premium allocation was distributed in a variety of ways so as to support disadvantaged pupils and those with issues related to their mental health and well-being.

Please CLICK HERE for the full report.

Family Support and Pastoral Care 

The Senior Leadership team work closely, and collaborate with external agencies, to signpost and refer families with issues related to:

Financial Support; Housing; Mental Health; Domestic Violence ; Substance Abuse; Respite; Parenting; Attendance; Social Isolation 

Where the needs of the family are more complex, they are referred to Early Help, the first point of call for Social Care.

The Headteacher is very much involved with matters related to Safeguarding and Social Care, attending Case Conferences and Core Group Meetings.

The school team offer substantial support every year for parents with regards to transition to and from Primary school:

e-Admissions - online EYFS applications

e-Admissions - online Y6 Secondary transfer applications;

In–year applications.

Child-based support and intervention - Enrichment activities

We are one of only 6 Southbank Associate Schools, and children have the opportunity to participate in many creative activities and trips throughout the year, benefiting all children in the school.  Eight girls were selected to participate in the International day of the Girl (63% PP); a choir of 23 pupils, from a range of year groups, participated in The Lambeth Music Festival (65% PP). Fifteen pupils (66% PP) were selected to participate in the Imagine Festival at the Southbank during February 2017 and 3 members of staff accompanied them over a period of 5 days to plan and action a Children’s Take Over day.

Year 4 pupils (59% PP) worked with English Touring Opera to prepare for the Bessie’s Wings Production which they performed at Morley College.

In Autumn 2017 the school choir (22 pupils of whom 65% were PP) performed at Southwark Cathedral.

The school enjoys a rich variety of music tuition, which leads to strong outcomes in ABRSM and Trinity formal certification.  The offer includes: Piano, violin, cello and steel pans,

Pupils are trained in Taekwondo, the benefits of which include - enhanced self-esteem by heightening pupils’ physical skills and mental awareness, building confidence by encouraging pupils to succeed and to take control of their life, developing discipline through physical and mental training in the tenets and techniques of Taekwondo.

Breakfast Club and After-school clubs

We provide, in partnership with Greggs, a free daily breakfast club for all pupils. The school’s staff ensure that pupils eat well and enjoy a positive and healthy start to the day.

Vauxhall pupils enjoy a rich and varied range of subsidised after-school clubs, which run daily during term time. Clubs include: Lego, Gardening, Cooking, Drama, ICT, Mandarin, Netball, Hall Games, Manga High, Taekwondo, Football, Girls’ Football, Homework, Coding, Steel Pans, Multi-skills, Basketball, Gymnastics and Art.

Funded places 

For families in financial need we provide support with assistance with school trips and uniform, including pupils on the Safeguarding register and Looked After children.

Each year we subsidise various residential trips for a number of pupils, using  funding secured from the Walcott Foundation, as several pupils in Year 5 (who attended Wick Court Farm - Farms for City Children) and Year 6 (who attended a PGL 4 day residential trip) would not have had the experience otherwise.

We also subsidise places for after-school clubs for Pupil Premium pupils.

Phonics

Seventy per cent of pupils in the school have English as an Additional Language (EAL), and pupils in the EYFS have exceptionally low starting points on entry to the school. Consequently, phonics has a very high profile at Vauxhall. The school invests significant amounts of money into this area to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to access learning as they progress through the school. The impact of this strategy is clear from the outcomes that the pupils achieve in the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1. Vauxhall pupils have outperformed the National average in Phonics for the past three years.

Staffing 

Vauxhall invests in additional staff across the school to facilitate the delivery of interventions to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils.  We have small daily intervention groups from EYFS to Year 6 to ensure that children who may have barriers to learning are able to progress alongside their less disadvantaged peers.

In addition to the Headteacher and 2 Assistant Headteachers, Vauxhall has a non-class based Early Years Phase Leader and a non-class based SENDCo.  Vauxhall also employs 1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTAs) working in the Early Years. This approach to staffing ensures continuity of teaching can be maintained in the event of illness or when teachers are out of school on training. This reduces the need for external supply teachers, which benefits all children and impacts positively on their emotional well-being as well as their academic achievements.

Year 5 and 6 pupils benefit from daily before school targeted 1:1 and small group tuition.

Peer Mediation

We have a very healthy Peer Mediation training system which benefits the whole school but in particular skills up Y5 and Y6 in preparation for the wider world. Students have 1 hour of training each week by an HLTA and a TA, who liaise with Healthy Minds Organisation.

Library

Vauxhall runs an excellent library facility where all classes are timetabled to visit in the afternoons.

 Impact of the Pupil premium Grant.

The following data is taken from the Lambeth School Profile November 2017

KS2 progress of disadvantaged pupils

  • 86% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved expected standing in writing.
  • 27% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the higher standard in writing.

 

  • 82% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved expected standard in Reading.
  • 9% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the higher standard in Reading.

 

  • 95% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved expected standard in Mathematics.
  • 32% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the higher standard in Mathematics.

KS2 progress of pupils with special educational needs

  • Writing progress for SEN support middle prior attainers was significantly above the national average for all pupils over the last two years.

KS2 attainment

  • In 2017, reading, writing and mathematics attainment of the expected standard was at or above national for groups: middle, high prior attainment and disadvantaged.

External Validation

Ofsted judged Vauxhall to be outstanding in November 2012.

“Resources, including the pupil premium, are managed highly effectively. Extensive links with the cluster of local schools and the wider community are making a significant difference to enhancing the quality teaching and enriching pupils’ learning experiences. “ 

In July 2017 we were awarded:

  • The Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence
  • The Healthy Schools Gold Award
  • UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award – Silver
  • London Children’s Flower Society Gold Medal
  • School Games Award – Gold
  • Stars Award Silver

 

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