Blackwell Primary School
Pupil Premium Policy
Written by: Sarah Murrell, Deputy Headteacher
Review due: November 2019
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Pupil Premium Policy
At Blackwell Primary School, all members of staff and Governors accept responsibility for those pupils recognised as ‘disadvantaged’ and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs.
Every child, who is considered to be ‘disadvantaged’, is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of disadvantage.
Background to the Pupil Premium
Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress.
The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after, as an indicator of deprivation. They have given a fixed amount of money to schools, per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for free school meals and who are looked after by the local authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The service premium is designed to redress the emotional and social wellbeing of these pupils.
- Our school will ensure that the Pupil Premium funding reaches the groups of pupils for whom it was intended, and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
- The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and raise the achievement of these pupils.
- The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers, supporting these children to meet at least ARE (age related expectation).
- The school use additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
How we will ensure effective use of the Pupil Premium grant
- Pupil Premium grant will be clearly identifiable within the budget.
- There will be a member of staff assigned as the Pupil Premium Coordinator and a Pupil Premium Governor.
- The Pupil Premium Coordinator, in consultation with the Headteacher, Governors and staff, will decide how the funding is spent for the benefit of the entitled pupils.Funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals.
- In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged or underachieving.We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.
- 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 grant.
- The Pupil Premium Coordinator will report to the Governing Body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims, including publishing online information about how the Pupil Premium grant has been used and its impact.
- The school will track the impact of the strategies that have been put into place through the funding to ensure that the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children is evident.
- The school will monitor, evaluate and review the success of the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.
We will readily seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils. Examples of the range of provision we may put in place include:
- Providing free places at breakfast club to support good attendance and readiness for the school day.
- Providing small group or 1:1 support with an experienced member of staff to focus on overcoming barriers to learning.
- Facilitating pupils’ access to education and the curriculum through additional or specialist resources.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TA’s or external agencies.
- Access to extra-curricular trips and clubs to allow engagement in activities they may otherwise be unable to access.
It will be the responsibility of the Pupil Premium Coordinator to produce a report three times a year, at the end of each term, for the Headteacher and Governing Body, which will include:
- The outcomes for Pupil Premium children.
- The progress made towards closing the gap, by Year Group, for disadvantaged pupils.
- An outline of the provision made during the term since the last report.
- 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 will ensure that there is an annual statement, on the school website, to parents outlining how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils, what the impact has been and what the strategy is for using Pupil Premium funding for the coming year.
Any appeals against this policy will be made through the Governors’ complaints procedure.