School Policy for Pupil Premium

Wheelers Lane Primary School Policy for Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years.  Schools will have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the school’s budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. 

The Pupil Premium strategy sets out our desired outcomes:

All PP children to make expected or better progress from their starting points

Improved attendance for disadvantaged children

Improved self esteem and well being, leading to improved behaviour, positive attitudes to learning and raised aspirations.

Everyone in school aims to:

 

  • Create a bright, happy and stimulating environment where everyone is encouraged to develop a love of learning, independence and creativity.
  • Provide learning experiences that meet the needs of individuals and have high expectations for all.
  • Foster positive attitudes and caring relationships, based on mutual respect
  • Celebrate the differences which make us all so diverse and which enrich our school.
  • Equip our children with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to achieve success, become life long learners and active citizens.
  • Work in partnership with parents and the community.

We have high expectations of all children and recognise that some children from disadvantaged backgrounds will need additional support to meet those expectations. We reward the good progress being made by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds as well attainment.

 

Principles

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • The Pupil Premium strategy is completed annually to show our targets and strategies in place to meet those targets.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. (This includes pupils in receipt of PP funding as well as other pupils we recognise as vulnerable at the time, due to social, emotional and behaviour difficulties, for example family breakdown, at risk of exclusion)

 

  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.

 

Provision

Our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress so children achieve at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in communication skills, English and Maths.  Pupil Premium resources will also be used to target the most able children on Free School Meals to achieve greater depth. Children will be tracked and monitored using prior attainment data.

Our provision for 2018/19 includes:

            Appointment of two PP leads : EYFS /KS1 and KS2

            CPD for all staff so children receive the best quality teaching

An additional teacher in YR2 and YR6 to deliver Maths and English interventions

Targeted interventions in all year groups and opportunities for after school tuition

A designated member of staff who monitors and manages interventions

 

Learning Mentors to address social and emotional barriers to learning.

Outside agency support in school for pupils with more complex needs

Funding to support access to educational visits, trips and residential experiences.

 

Achievement for All programme

Learning materials to support English and Maths at home

Outside agency support with attendance

Provision of vouchers towards school uniform.

 

     

Reporting

It will be the responsibility of the DeputyHead teacher to produce regular reports for the Governing Body on:

  • the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
  • an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support

The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This will be published on the school website.