The pupil premium targets pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families. Currently pupils who qualify for free school meals (FSM) or who have received FSM in the last six years are eligible for the pupil premium. Schools are responsible for the allocation of the funding and this policy will include past as well as current recipients of FSM. We also receive additional funding in the form of Pupil Premium plus which supports prior looked after children. Our total Pupil Premium Funding including Looked After Children for 2016/17 is £44,700.
The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our aim of helping everyone achieve to their full potential. We do this by:
Assuring the best possible delivery of learning experiences in the classroom
We have a range of group and individual interventions designed to support those with identified needs
We try to offer a rich and varied menu of activities designed to engage and motivate pupils, raising their aspirations and creating a positive view of learning.
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals (FSM) will be socially disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. Any group will be made up of FSM children and non FSM children, where their needs are similar, or where meeting their needs helps to create a learning environment more conducive to success for all.
How we evaluate our Pupil Premium Strategy: Measuring the impact of spending
Data is collected on the progress of students each half term. This data is analysed by class teachers, phase leaders and the senior leadership team to identify the progress of whole cohorts, classes, key groups of students and individuals. In Pupil Progress meetings, we use this data to identify students (including those eligible for pupil premium) who are not attaining age-related expectations or who are making slow progress from their starting points; this enables the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
Each term, the school will evaluate the impact of actions taken, by looking at the data and will review the current provision for Pupil Premium and other groups of children.
In addition to progress data for Reading, writing and maths, other information maybe taken into account in planning and in reviewing the impact of Pupil Premium spend. This includes attendance figures, behaviour logs and information about children’s well-being, which may be shared by members of staff, including class teachers and teaching assistants.
The overall impact of the Pupil Premium Strategy is evaluated annually, taking into account this wide range of information; future decisions about spending will be based upon the outcomes of this evaluation, which guides us in considering what is working well and what we will change or introduce.
The designated staff member for Pupil Premium is Ms Lucy Nocher, Deputy Headteacher.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2017-18 is available by clicking here.
Pupil Premium funding is allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one time.
A breakdown of our Pupil Premium spending for 2016-17 is available here
The breakdown for the previous years Pupil Premium spending for 2015-16 is available here.