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
What is Pupil Premium funding?
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.
How do we know the best ways to use the funding effectively?
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 effect.
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.
Pupil Premium 2019-2020
From 2019/20 we will be looking at a 3 year strategy to move away from “time-consuming” full annual reviews. Instead we will look at a “multi-year approach”, such as one review covering a three-year period, with “light touch” annual reviews. Thus following the DFE’s directive which would help schools take a longer view of the support the grant would provide and “align their plan wit the wider school improvement strategy”.
Main barriers to achievement
- 16% of children are disadvantaged (Nov ’19) compared to 14% for schools in our cluster area and 20% for the local authority.
- 7% of children come from service families
- 9% of children who attend the school live in areas classed as being in the top three most deprived areas of the country (IDACI 2019) compared to 1% of pupils in schools in our cluster area and 7% in the locality.
- Low aspirations of the parents.
- Low attainment on entry.
- Families living in poverty / experiencing extremely challenging circumstances
- Social and Emotional difficulties – lack of confidence and resilience
Allocation Spend to Address Barriers:
- Family Support Practitioner to work alongside children and families supporting an enormous range of issues and needs.
- Weekly Cognitive Therapist to support children individually and in small groups
- Additional learning support time to support children with pre and post teaching
- Additional Learning Support time to work with identified pupils on interventions
- Employing a Family Support Practitioner and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
- Providing Free of charge Breakfast Club and subsidised after school club care
- Subsidising enhancement activities such as residentials and educational visits.
- Subsidising weekly extra-curricular activities