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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
The school's initial 2018-19 Pupil Premium Report (above) will be reviewed and updated in November 2019 once a full set of 2019 end of KS2 data for disadvantaged pupils is available. The updated document will also include outline spending for 2019-20 once this has been approved by Governors.