At Brimrod Primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and our staff are committed to the principle 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.
We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils through:
- An emphasis on high quality first teaching and high expectations for all
- Fostering independence skills so that children take responsibility for their own learning
- A stable, consistent school environment where children feel safe
- All school staff are involved in school improvement – a drive and capacity to continually improve through school development planning and school self-evaluation
- All staff are involved in the analysis of data so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school
- We use research (such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit) to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective
- All pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming
What is Pupil Premium?
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 ‘diminish 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
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
All our staff and governors are committed to meeting all our children’s pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.
If you think you will qualify for free school meals, hence Pupil Premium, please follow the link to the Rochdale MBC website to apply
Focus for funding in 2016-2017:
Commitment by Leadership team to:
- Continue to work with a group of schools known as the IPLCN to share expertise and provide CPD to teachers to support disadvantaged children.
- 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 diminshing the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children.
- High quality, robust Appraisal and Performance management systems
- Value staff health and well-being
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 (GOAL) to improve attainment by improving the social and emotional dimensions of learning for targeted children throughout school.
- 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
- 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 EHC Plan children as funding for need is already in place.
It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to report to the Governors on:
- The progress made towards diminshing 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 strategy for each financial year.
- Our Core Principles
- Leadership Responsibilities
- Accountability and Reporting
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