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Pupil premium at Tower Road Academy
 
Pupil Premium is a government funding initiative, which provides additional funding to schools in order that they are able to provide additional, high quality, individualised support for children who are considered to be in vulnerable groups. 
National data shows that such children, as a group, have consistently lower academic attainment and are less likely to fulfil their potential than other groups of children. Pupil Premium funding is aimed at redressing this balance.
 This year, Pupil Premium will provide additional funding for pupils who:
Are, or have been entitled to free school meals (FSM) now or at any point during the past six years. 
Have been continuously Looked After for the past six months.
Are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or have left care under a Special Guardianship Residence Order.
Whose parents are currently, or during the past three years, serving in the regular armed forces, or are in receipt of a pension from the MOD. 
This money is ring-fenced and is being used to ensure that spending is directly linked to:
Ensuring that the attainment of our Pupil Premium children is equal to that of their peers
Extending provision for both higher and lower attaining children
Improving the quality of teaching and intervention programmes in order to maximise their impact.
Ensuring full access to all aspects of the curriculum for all of our children 
2013/2014
In the academic year 2014/2015, our Pupil Premium allocation was £40,861. 
The number of Pupil Premium Children represented 3.68% of the school population.
The following table shows how we spent the money:
 
Record of Pupil Premium Grant spending 2013/2014   
Project/item Cost Objective   
Additional teaching groups: experienced teacher £16,000 To support small group work aimed at closing gaps in attainment in English and Maths.   
Additional teaching groups: Teaching Assistant £25,000 To support reading in years 1 and 2.
 Booster support for years 5 and 6. 
To  provide one to one classroom support to ensure full access to all areas of the curriculum.   
Purchase of books £295 To develop independent reading skills and foster and enthusiasm for reading for enjoyment.   
To subsidise educational, residential visits. £400 To raise aspirations and extend learning opportunities whilst ensuring opportunity for all children.   
TOTAL SPEND: £41,695
 
 
The following table shows the impact that this had:
 
% of children making expected progress   
Pupil Premium Other students   
Reading 90% 90%   
Writing 90% 86%   
Maths 100% 87%   
% of children attaining level 4 or above in KS2 tests   
Reading 90% 91%   
Writing 100% 87%   
Maths 100% 88%
 
 
2013/2014
In the academic year 2014/2015, our Pupil Premium allocation is £ 48,100
The following table outlines the intended spend for the academic year 2014/2015
 
Proposed Pupil Premium Grant spending 2014/2015   
Project/item Cost Objective   
To provide peripatetic music lessons. £800 To raise aspirations in children who have expressed an interest in performing arts.   
Additional reading resources £800 To close the gap in attainment in reading. To further promote enthusiasm and enjoyment for reading.   
Additional teaching groups: experienced teacher. £16,000 To support small group work aimed at closing gaps in attainment in English and Maths.   
Additional teaching groups: Teaching Assistant £25,000 To support reading in years 1 and 2.
Booster support for years 5 and 6.
To provide one to one or small group classroom support to ensure full access to all areas of the curriculum.   
Teaching assistant £5000 To provide a nurture group to help with confidence building and to raise aspirations.