The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools in respect of disadvantaged children from low income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. This applies to both mainstream and non-mainstream settings.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit to “close the gap” between children from disadvantaged circumstances and those above the low-income threshold – it is not linked to a specific child, but is to be used for overall impact. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
The key objective of the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school we have a good track record of ensuring that all pupils make good progress and historically there has not been a significant difference between the attainment of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium and those who are not.
Through targeted interventions we are relentlessly working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach related expectations as they progress through the school.
Decisions regarding the use of Pupil Premium funding are always based on evaluation of the impact of any additional programme.
Main barriers to educational achievement
Some of the barriers that might impact on a child’s educational achievement are:
A. Attendance below 95% and/or poor punctuality
B. Children start school at a lower starting point and so need to make accelerated progress throughout their time at Peel Hall
C. Speech and language development
D. Narrow experiences outside of school such as trips,
music lessons and participation in physical activities
E. Low aspirations
F. Behaviour – pupils with specific social and emotional needs which affect their learning
G. Special Educational Needs
Types of provision provided through Pupil Premium Grant
All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress to move children to at least age related expectations in English and Maths.
The range of provision may include:
•Reducing class sizes to enable more focused support within lessons
•Non class based teachers to provide intervention
•Dedicated teacher for sports
•Providing small group work or individual work with experienced staff members focused on overcoming gaps in learning
•SENCO release two days per week
•Additional learning opportunities provided by Learning Mentor, TAs or external agencies
•Providing additional experiences to enhance the curriculum and so broaden the opportunities available
•Rewards for good attendance and work
To view our full Pupil Premium Strategy please use the link on this page.