Pupil Premium is 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 children who have been looked after under local authority care for 1 day or more. The DfE has indicated that Head Teachers can decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They will be held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- The Performance Tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
- The New Ofsted Framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
The main barriers to attainment for our pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding include:
- low baseline attainment
- narrow experience of life outside of school
- limited access to language
- English as an additional language
- low self-esteem
- social and emotional difficulties
- specific learning needs
- poor attendance and punctuality
- difficulties in developing and maintaining relationships
- low expectations and aspirations
What do we provide with the funding?
- Targeted interventions led by teachers and teaching assistants, including, but not limited to, additional teachers for maths teaching, additional teachers to support guided reading, and EAL support for children who are new to English or at an early acquisition stage.
- Support by specialist SpLD trained teacher and the provision of one to one sessions over an extended period
- Support by specialist Numbers Count trained teacher and the provision of one to one sessions over an extended period
- Social & emotional support/interventions to improve attendance and behaviour
- A range of after school activities for children, with pupil premium children prioritised
- Encouraging good attendance through regular contact from parental engagement staff and attendance officer.
- Embedding of White Rose Maths strategies and evaluation of impact to inform further training required around this, enabling pupils to raise attainment levels in maths.
- Engaging parents and carers with the learning taking place in school, through parent learning events, a range of support workshops and shared learning sessions.
- Seeking support from external agencies, where necessary, to enable pupils’ needs to be fully understood.
- Use of sensory resources and room at specialist setting to support pupils within EYFS with their development.
- Purchasing additional reading resources to encourage and promote a love of reading, enhance our guided reading provision and raise attainment levels in reading.
- Training for specific staff in key areas of learning, including phonics, Improving reading at KS2, engaging able writers and supporting more able learners, to ensure impact across the school.
- Additional TA support within EYFS to support language development and continuous provision.
- Subsidising enrichment activities to support the taught curriculum, including trips and residentials.
The 2019/2020 pupil premium strategy can be found here.