The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets additional funding at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their full potential.
The Funding Is Allocated To Schools Based On The Following Criteria
- Children who are entitled to Free School Meals
- Children who have been entitled to free school meals in the last six years
- Children of services personnel
- Children who have a parent who has been in the Services in the last seven years
- Children who are looked after and have been in care continually for at least six months
- Children who have been adopted from care
At the end of Reception, there is a gender gap emerging where boys disadvantaged pupils are not achieving as well as girls and non-disadvantaged pupils respectively. Through KS1, both gaps close. We know that if pupils were even more engaged in reading, developed a love for reading and experienced a wide range of rich texts and inspiring learning linked to these, standards would rise and pupils would develop a life-long love of reading and books. As a school, a key area within our School Development Plan is to develop a whole-school strategy for reading. A core part of our work here will be engaging parents in their child’s reading.
2. Engagement, enjoyment and standards in writing
At the end of Reception, there is a gender gap emerging where boys and disadvantaged pupils are not achieving as well as girls and non-disadvantaged pupils respectively. Through KS1, a gender gap remains. As pupils progress through KS2 the gender gap in both areas closes but we know that our lower and higher attainers could achieve better. Raising attainment in writing for everyone is a priority within our School Development Plan with a close focus on that of boys and our more able writers. A core part of our work here will be engaging parents in their child’s writing.
3. Specific Interventions – supporting the whole child
We use small groups or 1:1 intervention both at the point of learning and outside of the classroom to help close gaps. Some pupils need additional support with their mathematical learning to close the attainment or progress gap against their peers. Others need support for personal, social and emotional reasons. Whatever a pupil’s individual need is, we aim to use carefully planned and monitored intervention to make a difference. The implementation and monitoring of our interventions is a thread within our School Development Plan and links directly to Performance Management targets for staff this year.
4. Cultural Capital, Aspirations and Enriching Life Experiences
We want to provide our pupils with experiences that create life-long memories, develop life-skills and encourage our pupils to aspire to be the best they can. By having experiences which enhance our curriculum but also beyond everyday learning, our pupils will be inspired to shine. Part of our school’s focus on the development of our curriculum will include enriching and aspirational experiences for our pupils.
5. Engaging with hard to reach families
We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our families and community. We know however that for some families, engagement with school is not easy. This could be due to working patterns, family commitments or a reluctance to engage with school due to past experiences. We will use a range of strategies to communicate, support and engage all of our families. Within our school’s Development Plan for this year, links with parents is a thread focusing on attendance and punctuality.