When making decisions about using pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, poor communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all.’
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school we have an excellent track record of ensuring that pupils make good to outstanding progress. Through targeted interventions we work 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 age related expectations + as they move through the school.
School aims to create a culture where: staff believe in ALL children; no excuses are made for underperformance, staff adopt a ‘solution focused’ approach to overcoming barriers and staff support children to develop ‘growth’ mindsets towards learning.
We ensure that all teaching staff and support staff are involved in the analysis of data and identification of pupils who needs additional intervention. Interventions are planned, monitored and reviewed. All staff are aware of who pupil premium and vulnerable children are.
All pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming and underachievement is targeted at all levels (not just lower attaining pupils)