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Pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.

The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed  a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals. At Whitehouse Primary school we will be using the indicator of those eligible for Free School meals as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment.

The Government expect schools to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compare with their peers.

Provision

In order to meet the above requirements, Whitehouse Primary school will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. Our priority in the academic years 2016-2017 will be focused on ‘narrowing the gap’ for those pupils not on track to achieve age expected attainment across School.

As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through pupil tracking and pupil progress meetings.

In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. Also, not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The school reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

 

The range of provision

  • Facilitating pupils’ access to education
  • Establishing and maintaining good home/school links including the support of the PSA
  • Facilitating pupils access to the curriculum
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities
  • Alternative support and intervention, arranged through a pupil’s parents, where funds are available after securing the school’s own programme

The SEND co-ordinator, in conjunction with the Headteacher, will maintain an ongoing programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils, which will be monitored by the Governors’.

Reporting

It will be the responsibility of the Assistant SEND co-ordinator, to produce a termly report for the Governor’s School Improvement sub-committee on:

  • The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
  • An outline of the provision that was made during the term since the last meeting.
  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.

The governing body will consider the information provided by the Assistant SEND co-ordinator and Assessment co-ordinator in the light of the data relating to the progress of the school’s socially disadvantaged pupils alongside the progress of all pupils at the school.

The school will publish on its website an annual statement to the parents on how the Pupil Premium funding will be used. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.

Success Criteria

The school will continuously work to ‘narrow the gap’ between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The school will continuously work towards all pupils fulfilling their potential.

The success criteria for the Pupil Premium Policy are:

  • Early intervention and support for socially disadvantaged children
  • The vast majority of socially disadvantaged children will meet their individual targets.
  • Improved effectiveness of  parent/school partnership
  • Having an effective system for identifying, assessing and monitoring pupils.
  • Having a whole-school approach.
  • Create a positive school atmosphere in which pupils’ differences are recognised and valued as full members of the school community; developing confident and independent learners.

Appendix A:  Funding Received

Budget Period              2014-15

The funding rate for this period was £1,323 per eligible pupil and £1,400 per LAC pupil

Funding received £99,533

Budget Period              2015-16

The funding rate for this period was £1,320 per eligible pupil and £1,400 per LAC pupil

Funding received so far £80,520

Budget Period             2016-17

The funding rate for this period was £1,320 per eligible pupil and £1,400 per LAC pupil

Funding received so far £69,043