Pupil Premium Policy
TBC | Approved by the Governing Body | Date for review: July 2021
Our strategy for improving outcomes for Disadvantaged Pupils is built on 3 key principles:
- Staffing: We will place Disadvantaged Pupils with teachers who have the best track record of delivering good outcomes.
- Inclusion: We will keep Disadvantaged Pupils in class with their teachers by removing barriers to learning and instilling a sense of belonging to school.
- Literacy: We will improve the reading ages and comprehension skills of Disadvantaged Pupils.
The strongest practitioners will be matched to our identified pupils with the biggest need, so that we drive improved outcomes from the bottom up. Though we will aim to achieve this in all EBacc subjects in all year groups, priority will be given to Key Stage 3 so that we are tackling the gap on entry to school rather than allowing it to develop and then responding with remedial intervention. In this way we will increase pupils engagement with school and enjoyment of learning.
Having placed our Disadvantaged Pupils with the strongest practitioners, it is logical to maximise the amount of contact time. Therefore, we will review the way that Teaching Assistants are deployed so that rather than taking the most needy pupils away from the teacher for intervention, they supervise sections of lessons so that the teacher can spend time with small groups of Disadvantaged Pupils to help close any gaps in their learning. We will aim to avoid Disadvantaged Pupils being taken out of class for intervention and being treated differently.
Analysis shows that currently Disadvantaged Pupils are less likely to be involved in
extra-curricular activities. Such activities instil a sense of belonging to school life and are opportunities to reinforce our STARS ethos. We will drive this from Year 7 by inviting all Disadvantaged Pupils in Year 7 to an outward-bound leadership residential before our Burrs teambuilding days. This will allow Disadvantaged Pupils to take leading roles in this day with their peers and encourage them to be further involved with extra-curricular activity.
Analysis shows that parents of Disadvantaged Pupils are less likely to attend Parents’ Evenings. Early parental support is vital to keep pupils engaged with school. We will use the leadership residential as a hook to ensure positive parental involvement from the outset. We will map out opportunities for parents to be positively involved in school life through focus groups and peer parent-to-parent support so that this involvement is maintained.
Nationally there is a 77% overlap between SEND and DP. We will therefore focus efforts on improving Disadvantaged Pupils’ access to the curriculum. We have appointed a Lead Practitioner of English to lead on this work with the aim of ensuring that all Disadvantaged are at least one year above their chronological reading age by the end of Year 7.
Background to the funding
The Pupil premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the gap in attainment between them and their peers. The government introduced the Pupil Premium funding to support publicly funded schools and is allocated to work with pupils who have been entitled to free school meals in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM). There is also additional funding given to looked after children and those pupils who have parents in the armed services. Funding for looked after children was increased in 2014 through Pupil Premium Plus.
The school is committed to improving outcomes for disadvantaged students and ensuring that that this funding is directed effectively to support the specific needs of the students and evaluated to make sure that best practice is incorporated and value for money is provided.
The funding awarded to schools to support strategies and projects to close the gap is:
§ Disadvantaged pupils: those who have been in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM) (£935/child)
§ Pupil premium plus- those children who are looked after (LAC) and those adopted from care or who leave care under the special guardianship order or child arrangement order (formerly known as a residence order) (£1200/child)
§ Service children: children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or were eligible for funding in the last 4 years (Ever 4 Service Child) (£300/ child)