Our school recognises that all pupils, regardless of their background, should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential. The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money to pupils from deprived backgrounds, which, research shows; underachieve, compared to their peers.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for derivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals. Looked After Children and those of Armed Service Personnel are also eligible for this increased funding. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils.
The identified barriers and challenges for our children are:
Poor speaking, listening and communication skills on entry to EYFS
More able disadvantaged pupils do not achieve as well as non-disadvantaged pupils
Disadvantaged children’s wellbeing is poor and the households in which they live have poor aspirations and employment rates are low. Many families face generational unemployment.
Disadvantaged children’s attendance rates are traditionally not as high as their non-disadvantaged peers
The school leaders will be monitoring the impact of the spending plan throughout the academic year through, good or better quality teaching, termly work scrutiny, pupil progress/moderation challenge meetings, as well as monitoring of attendance and strategies to support with input from the Education Welfare Officer. The impact of the monitoring process is then reported to governors termly via the head teachers report as well as the self evaluation review information for trustees.
The governors monitor the impact through governor challenge meetings, the reports are presented to the termly local governing body meeting.
Below are details of our Pupil Premium policy and Spending Plans.