What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
In 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant. The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. If you have children currently eligible for free school meals or have been in the last 6 years, we will be using the Pupil Premium Grant to raise their attainment and to provide wider opportunities, where appropriate.
Who is responsible for the strategic allocation of the Pupil Premium Grant within our school?
The Pupil Premium Co-ordinator (a member of our Senior Leadership Team) is responsible for the coordination of specific provisions that are in place to support the Pupil Premium children and their individual educational requirements. The Pupil Premium Co-ordinator is contactable via the school office. The Pupil Premium coordinator will liaise with staff to frequently monitor the progress of these pupils, teach pupils and plan further interventions should progress not improve at the expected rate. Regular liaison with the SENDco is key to ensure appropriate provision is made and to liaise with a wide range of external agencies, who are able to give more specialist advice, if needed.
Main barriers faced by disadvantaged pupils
Children entitled to free school meals (FSM) encompass the full spectrum of needs and backgrounds in the school community, including white and minority ethnic pupils, looked after children, most able pupils and those with special educational needs (SEN). Consequently, the barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face can be complex and varied – there is no single difficulty faced by all. Barriers can lie within schools, with learners and their families. It is, therefore, important to analyse where pupils have multiple barriers to learning to ensure a good deep understanding of children and their families.
How successful schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils?
1. Promote an ethos of attainment for all pupils, rather than stereotyping disadvantaged pupils as a group with less potential to succeed.
2.Have an individualised approach to addressing barriers to learning and emotional support, at an early stage, rather than providing access to generic support and focusing on pupils nearing their end-of-key-stage assessments
3. Focus on high quality teaching first rather than on bolt-on strategies and activities outside school hours.
4.Focus on outcomes for individual pupils rather than on providing strategies.
5.Deploy the best staff to support disadvantaged pupils; develop skills and roles of teachers and Teaching Assistants, rather than using additional staff who do not know the pupils well.
6.Make decisions based on data and respond to evidence, using frequent, rather than one-off assessment and decision points.
7. Have clear, responsive leadership: setting ever higher aspirations and devolving responsibility for raising attainment to all staff, rather than accepting low aspirations and variable performance
8. Address behaviour and attendance and invest in individualised problem-solving and emotional support.
(From DfE publication: Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: articulating success and good practice Research report November 2015)
Our school strives to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils as part or our commitment to raise academic standards of all our pupils. We ensure quality teaching for all, ensure that pupils' attendance is good and provide behaviour and emotional support to pupils - as necessary. We make every effort to understand every pupil as an individual and tailor intervention programmes accordingly. Additionally, we monitor attainment regularly and intervene to address individual learning needs.