Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and PE Premium

At Coupals Primary Academy the safeguarding of our pupils is of paramount importance. Our process and protocols for safeguarding children ensure that we meet the expectations outlined by the Department for Education in their 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' document. 

In our school we establish and maintain an ethos where our pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.  Children at our school will be able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor to our school if they are worried or concerned about something.

All staff and regular visitors will, either through training or induction, know how to recognise a disclosure from a child and will know how to manage this. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets.  Every child will know what their chosen adult will have to do with whatever they have been told.

We will do this by endeavouring to work in partnership with other agencies and seek to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities throughout our curriculum that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include materials and learning experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours. As part of our ongoing Safeguarding work our staff are trained around the Prevent Strategy to prevent pupils from being radicalised. Our policies and procedures outline the ways in which we maintain a culture of vigilence to protect from radicalisation. The Prevent Lead and Alternate are familiar with the process of managing concerns and have contact with the Suffolk and Norfolk Prevent Lead (Andy Hill) should such concerns arise. 

Our Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer and Prevent Lead is Mrs Hughes (Deputy Headteacher) and the Alternate Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer and Alternate Prevent Lead is Mr Maguire (Headteacher). Our safeguarding governors are Mrs Elaine McManus and Mrs Liz Taylor. All members of staff can be contacted with any safeguarding issues. Our online safety lead is Mr David Maguire. Our Designated Teacher for Children in Care is Mrs Sam Keefe

All members of staff are DBS checked and have Level 1 Safeguarding training, whilst the Senior Designated Person has Level 3 Safeguarding training.  The Governing Body are also CRB checked and have completed their Safeguarding training.

All of our safeguarding policies can be found here

Pupil Premium Funding: 

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium is the additional funding provided to schools by national government. It has been awarded to schools to help them 'narrow the gap' in performance that exists nationally between vulnerable pupils and their peers. The level of funding allocated to schools is based upon the number of pupils who:

  • Are currently eligible and registered for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years (referred to 'Ever 6')
  • Are children whose parents were in the Armed Forces (Service Children)
  • Have been in local authority care for 6 months or more (now one day or more)

Coupals Primary Academy - Funding Allocation:

April 2016 - March 2017 

Our level of funding is £41,600. It is based upon the financial year (April-March) and not the academic year (Sept-July); as a result many of our strategies are ongoing.

It is for the Academy to decide how its Pupil Premium funding is spent, since we are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for our pupils at a local level.

Our Pupil Premium Pupils: 2016 - 17 

Year Group

Male

Female

Total in Year Group

R

5

2

7

1

0

1

1

2

3

1

4

3

3

0

3

4

5

1

6

5

0

2

2

6

3

4

7

7 (Y6 between April 16 and July 16)

3

8

11

Overall total (Sep 16)

19

11

30

Which pupils are we targeting?

FSM and other vulnerable pupils who are, or are at risk of:

  • Underachieving at KS2
  • Underachieving at KS1

Our priorities:

  • To track the progress of pupils more closely, so that we can intervene more quickly if they are not making the progress we would expect;
  • To improve attendance and engagement;
  • To further the aspirations of our pupils;
  • Providing opportunities for enrichment activities such as music tuition, sports clubs and activities outside of school.

What are we using the funding for?

We have allocated our Pupil Premium to three key areas:

  • Intervention
  • Support
  • Enrichment

Intervention:

We have:

  • Invested in a Samuel Ward Trust intervention teacher to support and meet the needs of Year 6 pupils.
  • Additional specialist teacher support is available to small groups of up to 5 pupils within their class (years 2-6).
  • Additional TA support in Foundation and Year 1 to support up to 3 pupils at a time within the classroom and additional phonics booster sessions.
  • Provided revision guides for pupils 
  • Provided concrete manipulatives for maths for pupils to use at home 
  • Funded online programmes such as Accelerated Reader and SPAG.com
  • Funded online maths activities 
  • Provided resources such as Read, Write, Inc flashcards for families.
  • Social, emotional and behavioural support.
  • Invested in support from Educational Psychology services 

Support:

  • We are supporting families by helping with the cost of after school clubs, school trips and uniform.
  • Counselling for pupils.
  • Counselling training for staff. 
  • Funding specialist sight tests and eyewear for pupils 
  • Rest bite care for Looked After Children.
  • Implementation of Post Teaching through additional funded TA hours 
  • Additional TA support in classes where appropriate 
  • Specialist teaching and support for pupils from our SENDCo 
  • Funded specialist sight tests for pupils

Enrichment:

  • We help subsidise the cost of trips to enable our Pupil Premium pupils to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities that will enthuse, engage and raise aspirations.
  • We are strongly encouraging participation in extra-curricular and enrichment activities, ensuring that any barriers to involvement are reduced, particularly for our disadvantaged pupils.

Evaluating impact: 

  • Investment of Pupil Premium funding is evaluated against the expected impact. This could be a specified level of progress, fulfilment of a particular intervention or support or by using relevant hard and soft data (e.g.% of pupils working at age related expectation or making expected or better progress) 
  • Impact for 2015-16 can be seen further down this page. 

No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that we feel offers the best opportunity for pupils to succeed. The key to closing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils is careful and thorough monitoring/tracking of attainment and progress. 

We will be reviewing our Pupil Premium strategy in the Summer Term 2017. 

Pupil Premium Funding 2015 - 16 

April 2015 - March 2016 

The Academy was allocated £36,400 in respect of 28 eligible pupils. 

We allocated our funding for: 

Intervention:

  • Additional specialist teacher supporting small groups of up to 10 pupils within booster sessions in Years 2-6.
  • Additional TA support in Reception and Year 1 to support up to 3 pupils at a time within the classroom and additional phonics booster sessions. 
  • Resources such as Read, Write, Inc flashcards for families. 
  • Specialist intervention group 'Bees' for KS2 pupils with specific learning difficulties, to focus on individualised learning needs.
  • EAL small group support with specialist intervention teacher.
  • Social, emotional and behavioural support.

We believe in supporting the needs of every Pupil Premium child. This can include development and mastery of skills as well as extension of enhancement of pupils' understanding. As a result we have also used Pupil Premium funding to run additional small groups to extend pupils' learning to make accelerated progress. 

Support:

We continue to fund extendded social and emotional support so that our vulnerable pupils have access to the support necessary to enable them to access the curriculum.

Enrichment:

  • Subsidised places were made available to pupils to enable them to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities.
  • We actively encouraged pupil participationin extra-curricular and enrichment activities.
  • We gave support with funding school trips (including residentials).

Impact of spending during 2015/16 academic year: 

  • Percentage of pupils (PP eligible) achieving RWM combined in Y6 was close to national comparison.
  • Reading at Y6 (PP eligible) outperformed the whole cohort in Year 6 was close to the whole cohort achievement in maths.
  • Counselling funded by Pupil Premium saw a significant reduction in the number of exclusions.
  • All pupils in Reception reached GLD at the end of the year.
  • The number of PP eligible pupils making expected progress in years 1 to 6 in Reading improved compared to the previous academic year.
  • More PP eligible pupils made better than expected progress in Years 3,4 and 5 in comparison to the previous year in Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • The number of PP eligible pupils making expected progress in years 1, 3 and 4 in Writing improved compared to the previous academic year.
  • The number of PP eligible pupils making expected progress in years 1 to 6 in Maths improved compared to the previous academic year.
  • The number of PP eligible pupils making working at age related expectation in years 3, 5 and 6 in Maths compared to last year. 

PE Premium:

In 2016/17 we will receive £9025 in PE Premium funding. We will be spending this money in the following ways:

  • Developing a schedule of Continuing Professional Development for teachers to develop their teaching of PE
  • To invest in new equipment in order to widen participation in sports (such as ultimate frisbee, disc golf, indoor curling etc)
  • To develop opportunities to raise pupils physical activity and develop their well-being through activities such as yoga and aerobics (offered as an enrichment activity funded for whole classes)
  • Widen opportunities on offer for Year 5 and 6 pupils in our Enrichment programme (with a focus to increase participation of girls in sport and physical activity)  
  • Taster sessions for ‘new sports’ for classes delivered by First Step Sport
  • Investment in new equipment to engage pupils in ‘new sports’ 
  • Investment in enrichment opportunities (beginning with Year 6) for children to undertake new sporting/physical activities (e.g. Zumba, orienteering, multi sports, ultimate Frisbee etc). 

We anticipate that by doing this we will:

  • See high quality of teaching of PE meaning that pupils participation increases and impacts on more pupils participating in sport outside of school
  • To increase participation in 'new' sports on offer at school
  • To develop pupils who are physically and mentally healthier due to activities on offer

 We expect to sustain this impact through:

  • Celebrating the importance of physical activity
  • Providing opportunities for pupils to participate more widely in new physical activity (e.g. through local events and competitions of new events)
  • By providing opportunities, e.g. through Sports Leader programmes, to help children develop their new skills and sports to help them become a long lasting interest
  • Explore future options linking to successful current initiatives (e.g. implementation of disc golf following on from the success of Ultimate Frisbee) to improve continued and sustainable uptake in sport and physical activity 

In 2015/16 we spent our PE premium on the following:

  • Initial CPD for teachers
  • Funded enrichment sessions for pupils to try new sports, e.g. Danish long ball
  • Ordered new resources for sport (e.g. try golf sets) 
  • Opportunities for KS2 pupils to engage in new sporting activities: 

Impact of PE premium for the 2015/16 academic year: 

  • We have seen an improvement in both the amount of teaching delivered by the class teachers but also in the quality of the teaching delivered by them.
  • Engagement in sport has improved and we have had more pupils participating in new sports and physical activity. We are now looking at the possibility of developing opportunities for these sports to become competitive across the town, e.g. Ultimate Frisbee competitions etc)
  • There has been an increase in the number of girls taking up sports activities as an Enrichment (e.g. more girls this year taking up activities such as Zumba this year compared to last year).
  • Children are actively seeking new sporting opportunities for the school to introduce (e.g. pupils have been researching and suggested Korfball, Handball, Archery etc). 

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