Pupil premium is additional funding allocated to all schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. This budget includes pupils who are currently entitled to free school meals, have been free schools meals in the past six years (FSM ‘Ever 6’), children that are cared for or adopted from care and children whose parents are in the armed forces.
How should the money be spent?
It is entirely up to individual schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent, however there is an expectation that schools can prove the impact this money has had on its disadvantaged pupils. It is imperative that as a school we fully understand each of our disadvantaged pupils and know exactly what they need to help them to ‘be the best they can be’ in their learning.
At Brookfield Primary Academy our approach is simple; we invest our time in getting to know our pupils really well, not just their academic ability and progress but also the whole child. We work hard to fully understand what support a pupil may need to help them achieve in a specific area and we involve them in the process.
We acknowledge that no one child is the same and therefore ensure the support they receive is tailored to their individual needs; whether it be welfare support, individualised learning programmes, enrichment activities to boost confidence, self-esteem and general enriching experiences or even support to develop friendships.
At Brookfield Primary Academy we seek to ensure the effectiveness of our use of the pupil premium. We recognise that barriers to learning and achievement take a variety of forms and therefore attempt to be innovative in the support that we provide. We use entry and exit judgments for all support that is being put in place and carefully track them to ensure progress is being made at all times. We evaluate our support plans throughout their timescales and make changes when and where needed.
We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are accessible for everyone. We work with our families and colleagues to make sure everyone has high aspirations for all pupils. We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice on our school council and other pupil groups.
Pupil Premium Funding:
Enriching the curriculum
- Quality first teaching strategies
- We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice on our school council
- Deepened understanding of all pupils, early identification of barriers to learning
- Subsidised class trips
- Workshop and theatre performances
- Free places given to after school enrichment clubs
- Additional resources e.g. Times Table Rockstars
- Tailoring each intervention to suit each child
- Reading support teacher (Reading wise)
- Small group support
- Booster groups
- One-to-one tuition for able and underperforming pupils
- Speech and language support
- English as an additional language support
- Use of high quality IT hardware and software to support achievement
- Homework clubs
- Revision resources for supporting at home with English and Maths
- Family support worker for attendance support
- Breakfast enrichment club
- Emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA) trained staff
- Lunch time clubs
- Club places after school and in the holidays
Increase in attendance and punctuality
- Provide an effective breakfast club with a real focus on supporting pupils from disadvantaged families
- Improve attendance at before school clubs to provide enrichment opportunities and impact on punctuality
- Weekly training for support staff
- Regular staff training, for example ICT programmes
- Intensive training for teaching staff in further developing quality first teaching strategies in the classroom
Extending school support
- Subsidised school journeys
- Free or subsidised music lessons
- Free or subsidised after school club and breakfast club places
- Reading and maths workshops for parents
- Workshops for all Key Stages
- Drop In sessions to meet the Inclusion Manager
How we plan to demonstrate impact of spending
- We now have a designated pupil premium lead teacher who is part of the senior leadership team of the school
- Pupil premium is very much at the top of the schools agenda and tracking systems have been put in place to show the impact of each intervention being provided
- Advice and support has been sought from a variety of agencies in order to ensure we are being innovative in the way the money is being spent and maximum impact is being achieved
- The designated pupil premium lead has attended specific training on getting value for money with the PPG funding
- A designated governor has been allocated to ensure the Pupil Premium money is being effectively spent.
How often will funding be reviewed?
Pupil premium expenditure will be reviewed at the end of each intervention where appropriate and each term for ongoing support. The next full review will be July 2018.