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What is Pupil Premium?

At Dallam Primary School we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are determined that every child should be given the chance to realise their full potential, whatever their background. Pupil premium represents a significant proportion of our budget and this statement outlines how it is spent to maximum effect.

Pupil premium is additional funding, from the government, provided to schools for supporting pupils from low income families to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable schools to ‘close the gap’ in attainment. In the 2016-2017 financial year, schools will receive £1,300 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools will receive £1,900 for each looked after pupil who meets specified criteria.

There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium: 

  • Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) 
  • Looked after children 
  • Armed forces children

Principles

Commitment by Leadership team to:

  • Continue to work with a group of schools to champion ‘Achievement for All’ and identify outstanding practice
  • Continue to work with local High Schools to inform transition and ensure quality of standards are maintained
  • To ensure high quality staff training which focusses on achievement for all
  • High quality, robust Appraisal and Performance management systems
  • Value staff health and well-being

Provisions

The majority of our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in communication, English and maths.

The range of provision the staff and Governors consider making for this group include:

  • Providing 1-1 and small group work with an experienced teacher or teaching assistant focused on overcoming gaps in learning;
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs or external agencies;
  • Providing a ‘Nurture Group’ to improve attainment by improving the social and emotional dimensions of learning for Year 1 pupils and targeted children throughout KS2
  • Providing an attendance officer to carry out first day contact and to work with families who children’s attendance is below national averages
  • In addition, the school recognises that the wider curriculum supports and enriches children’s development in communication, English and maths, and therefore funding will also be allocated to enable children to participate fully and actively in wider and extra-curricular activities; including class visits and residential
  • 1:1 tutor, enabling personalised learning to accelerate progress for individuals
  • Early help worker helping to overcome barriers to pupils learning with a focus on improving attendance and attainment in reading, writing and maths.
  • Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on Free School Meals to achieve age related expectations;
  • Provision will not be aimed at statemented children as funding for need is already in place.

Reporting

It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to report to the Governors on: 

  • The progress made towards narrowing the gap, for socially disadvantaged pupils;
  • An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting;
  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness and impact of the provision in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision.

Parents will receive information as to the progress of pupils through personal information sent home and through reporting of assessment results at the end of each term of the academic year.

Published on our school website will be:

  • Our pupil premium allocation for the current academic year
  • Details of how we intend to spend our allocation including barriers to learning
  • Details of how we spent our previous academic year’s allocation
  • How it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • The funding that is allocated for the current financial year

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