Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
Pupil Premium Information
The Pupil Premium is an initiative that aims to raise achievement and, where applicable, narrow the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those from less deprived families. The government believes that the pupil premium fund, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools are responsible for the allocation of Pupil Premium funding to ensure the best outcomes for children.
The Pupil Premium grant is allocated to schools according to numbers of children in school whose parents receive certain benefits, children who were adopted from care and children whose parents are employed by the Armed Forces. Looked After Children are also eligible for funding if school applies for this and indicates how this funding will be used.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils in school.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups and this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to support any pupil or group the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged and underachieving.
- Interventions for each pupil are decided on individual needs led basis thus children may benefit from more than one intervention.
- Much of the support provided through Pupil Premium Grant will be aimed at accelerating progress and helping pupils to achieve at least age related expectations in English and Maths.
- Pupil Premium Grant is also used to support more able pupils, who are socially disadvantaged, to achieve their full potential.
- Decisions regarding how to spend Pupil Premium Grant using direct approaches will be made following research into successful strategies plus provision which uses other more creative interventions which will subsequently influence academic achievement and importantly enhance their social and emotional well- being.
- We ensure we involve parents as early as possible to maximise their engagement with their child`s education; workshops, parental consultations, home visits.
- Pupil Premium Grant supports the development of personal, social and emotional skills to promote independence and self-efficacy, where children are equipped to independently make a positive difference to their own lives and those of others.
Impact of Provision
Measuring, demonstrating and evaluating impact is used to inform future policy, actions, strategies and interventions;
- Case studies and provision maps are used to ensure every child eligible is allocated the provision they are entitled to.
- Assessments half termly or more regularly are used to demonstrate progress within social, emotional behavioural development as well as academic progress. (Various forms of evidence is gathered; attendance records, questionnaires, discussions with pupils, parents feedback, children’s oral discussions, higher levels of involvement as well as more formal academic assessments).
- Provision Management evaluates the interventions and directly compares them to allocated funds to ensure value for money.
Ashbrook School Context
Mrs Claire Sharples (Executive Headteacher) and a Link Governor (to be named shortly) are responsible for the achievement of Pupil Premium at Ashbrook school.
The strategic lead is Heather Cormack, (Deputy Headteacher) however day to day contact regarding these children can be made through class teachers.
We review and update our interventions constantly throughout the academic year in response to our Pupil Progress meetings, parent consultations, data and progress. We evaluate their cost and impact and assess value for money with the School Business Manager termly.
Analysis informs future provision, policy, actions and practice. SLT along with the designated Pupil Premium governor and the whole governing body will continue to explore creative and innovative ways to utilise the Pupil Premium resources to the utmost effect.