Pupil Premium Strategy Overview

 PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY

OVERVIEW

The Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns (SSDA903). A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.

The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

OBJECTIVES

The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupils Premium and others.
We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

STRATEGIES

Pupil Premium will be clearly identifiable within the budget.
The Head teacher in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils
The school will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
The school will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the Head teacher will report to the governing body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
We publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
We will ensure that parents, governors and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.
We will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
We will monitor evaluate and review the success of the impact of the pupil premium funding.

OUTCOMES:

This policy will play an important part in the educational development of the individual pupils who are entitled to the Pupil Premium.

We will ensure that these pupils are treated equally and as favourably as others and that the additional funding is used well to address the challenges they face.

The school will use the additional funding to promote the achievement and progress of all entitled pupils. Through wise use of this additional funding we are fully committed to ensuring that the individual needs of each entitled child are met. As a result of the additional funding, these children will make better progress and achieve higher standards that would have been likely without it.

This strategy was adopted by the Governing Body 3rd June 2013 and reviewed on 9th Nov 2016. The strategy is reviewed every 3 years. Date of next review: Nov 2019.

OBJECTIVES FOR PUPIL PREMIUM AT ST CLEER SCHOOL

Reporting to Parents

St Cleer School will ensure that the new additional pupil premium funding reaches the 3 groups of pupils for whom it was intended and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

• The Pupil Premium will provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise standards of achievement and attainment for these pupils.

• The Pupil Premium funding will be used to narrow the difference between the achievement of these pupils and the rest of their class.

• As far as is possible the school will use the additional pupil premium funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.

Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school and how/why the pupil premium is spent to address those barriers

  • Lack of aspiration is a significant issue with some eligible pupils and their carers. We provide funding for THRIVE practitioners and a School Counsellor to raise pupil self-esteem and help to engender resilience and ambition. Pupil Premium funding is used for curriculum enrichment activities, such as educational visits, visiting speakers, individual music lessons, swimming lessons and horse-riding. These all demonstrate to children and their families that there is a wide world of opportunity awaiting them in life.
  • Some pupils do not always have access to books and other resources, with adults who have the time to help them educationally. Funding enables pupil premium children to have a named adult who will spend time with them, ensuring that each child has the resources and the attention that they need to thrive.
  • We approach decisions on how to spend the funding according to the individual needs of each child. These needs are identified by the teaching staff, teaching assistants and, where appropriate, by the SENCO.
How we measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • Individual data on each child's attainment and progress as measured by end of key stage assessment and in-school assessment.
  • Every child in receipt of pupil premium has an individual record sheet recording how the funding has been spent and regular updates on the impact that funding is having upon attainment, progress and well-being.