The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools to support them in raising attainment amongst disadvantaged pupils and closing any gaps that might exist between them and their peers. The school’s Pupil Premium funding allocation is calculated on the basis of the number of children identified as:
- having been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last 6 years;
- having been continuously in local authority care for more than six months;
- being the children of service personnel.
Whilst the allocation is determined on this basis, it is not ring-fenced to those children. The DfE has given schools the freedom to use the Pupil Premium as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs. The school must be able to demonstrate that the specific needs of the identified pupils have been addressed and how this funding is being used to combat and compensate for disadvantage in academic attainment/progress and wider aspects of school life.
The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will help us to achieve our vision and improve outcomes for all pupils in both their learning and other aspects of their growth and development, particularly for those pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds.
In deciding how to use the Pupil Premium funding, the school will:
- Ensure that Pupil Premium funding allocated to our school is used solely for its intended purpose.
- Ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils.
- Ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- Recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantage or low ability. Equally, not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged and/or of low ability are registered or qualify for free school meals. The school therefore reserves the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding in any manner which it believes is fair to support any pupil or group of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Use the latest evidence based research on strategies, approaches and interventions which are proven to narrow the attainment gaps and adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of our pupils.
- Allocate Pupil Premium funding following a needs analysis. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium intervention at one time.
- Be transparent in our reporting of how we have used the Pupil Premium.
- Ensure there is robust monitoring and evaluation in place to account for the use of the Pupil Premium involving the Pupils, School and Curriculum Development Committee of the school Governing Body.
At Darrick Wood Junior School we will use the Pupil Premium to fund those activities/interventions which are the most effective in raising the attainment and improving outcomes for the most vulnerable pupils. In identifying which activities/interventions are the most effective in this respect the school will consider both the latest evidence and research nationally alongside the school’s own research and intervention impact analyses. These activities/interventions might include:
- 1:1 tuition provided by a qualified teacher delivering a personalised learning programme.
- Small group intervention support by experienced teaching/support staff focused on overcoming gaps in leaning.
- Specialist support to develop personal and social skills.
- Pastoral support to improve self-esteem, engagement aspirations and attendance.
- Enrichment activities.
- Support and training for staff in developing provision to meet needs amongst identified pupils and across the school as a whole.
All our work through the Pupil Premium will be primarily aimed at accelerating process, moving children to at least age related expectations. It may also be used to support the accelerated progress and improved attainment of more able pupils. Where Pupil Premium is used to secure non-academic outcomes, impact will be defined in terms of alternative criteria as appropriate.
It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to produce regular written reports on Pupil Premium expenditure. Each report will set out:
- An outline of the provision that has been put in place using Pupil Premium finding.
- Details of expenditure associated with this provision.
- An evaluation of the impact of each aspect of provision, particularly in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision.
- Recommendations for future provision where relevant.
The Governing Body of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement on the impact of Pupil Premium expenditure in ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged pupils, which can be viewed on the school website.