Pupil premium is ‘additional’ funding to schools based on the number of disadvantaged pupils who qualify for a Free School Meal [FSM] and who are Looked After [LAC], in an attempt to address inequalities between these children and others. The funding includes any student who has been on FSM within the past 6 years.
Our intention is that all students, regardless of their background or the challenges they face, make at least good progress (and preferably more), and are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the next stage of their education, and indeed, life.
Using a range of strategies we expect to:
improve the levels of attainment and progress for targeted students
over time gradually close any achievement gaps that may exist
At the heart of our strategy is high-quality teaching, with a focus on the core subjects and the areas in which disadvantaged students require the most support. This will benefit all and fits with our intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers.
The pupil premium strategy links to wider school recovery for all relevant students following the Covid pandemic, notably in the use of targeted support through the National Tutoring Programme and increased use of resources. Our approach is individualised, evidence-based and uses diagnostic assessment that allows us to respond to the particular challenge and context of our students.
We also recognise the wider needs of our students and a key part of our strategy is also to ensure the highest levels of pastoral care for students. The physical and mental wellbeing of children is fundamental to their success in school and, given the success of the strategy in previous years, we will build on the current high quality provision in this area of our work.
The impact of our strategies is encouraging at every level, with 'disadvantaged' students performing well, especially relative to the national picture. Encouragingly, data shows that attainment and progress rates for our disadvantaged students are significantly above national figures for disadvantaged students nationally and compare positively with progress of all students nationally. However, we are never complacent and are constantly reviewing our practice to ensure that any barriers to success for all of our students are removed.
Please see below for further details of our Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-24