We recognise the importance of ensuring each and every child achieves their full potential.
The document below outlines how we maximise the use of pupil premium funding to impact on children's attainment and engagement in their learning and wider opportunities.
The Pupil Premium Grant
Increasing opportunities for all children
To close the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those learners in low-income families.
What do we expect to see?
Targeted additional support strategies which result in every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, being able to have full access to our curriculum and all our extra-curricular experiences. All pupils in the target group who are currently underperforming will make improved progress leading to narrowing of any attainment gaps.
Evaluation of Present Situation
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium (PP) as a way of reducing the inequalities experienced by disadvantaged pupils up to the age of 16. This funding (which is currently£1,320 per pupil) is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in receipt of free School meals (FSM), looked after or adopted children. This figure also includes any pupil who has been in receipt of FSM in the previous six years of their schooling, whether or not they are currently entitled.
As a staff team we have looked carefully at the 10 recommendations of John Dunford to ensure that our pupil premium funding is used to maximum affect.
Our projects for this year have been carefully selected, based on the needs of research from The Education Endowment Foundation and Sutton Trust, to ensure that our funding is utilised in the most efficient way to maximise impact for our learners.
Through close analysis of our 2014 KS1 attainment data, our FSM (Free School Meal) children’s attainment is slightly below non FSM, however it is still above the national data for non FSM attainment. In order to ensure all pupils (including FSM) make accelerated progress we have identified and implemented robust and effective support and intervention currently in place which will be enhanced by making reference to the performance by FSM pupils and targeting support. Monitoring of and planning for our pupil premium spend will be led and overseen by the Pupil Premium Governor and Team.
Tracking and Intervention
The progress and achievement of all pupils is monitored at key points in the academic year.
Any pupil (FSM or not) who is in need of intervention is identified and the necessary support is put in place. This is led by the SLT and SENCo through regular meetings and discussions (including standard meetings with other staff members). Our In school assessment system, is used to scrutinise assessment data and to highlight differentials in performance, as well as, tracking the impact of interventions. All members of teaching staff closely monitor the progress and attainment of all children within their class. Using Assess, Plan,
Do, Review (APDR) to plan for interventions or additional support. This is then reviewed and assessed following implementation and the next steps for optimum progress are planned.