What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 to provide additional funding to schools in an effort to address inequalities between children who are, or have been eligible for Free School Meals any time in the last six years (FSM and Ever6), Looked After Children (LAC), children whose parents are in the armed forces and their peers.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and they decide how this is spent. Schools are held accountable for how they spend the Pupil Premium to support pupils who receive this extra funding.
The aim of the funding is to tackle disadvantage and to narrow / close the gap in attainment where this exists. We recognise that not all pupils in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged and similarly, not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors therefore reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupils the school has legitimately identified as requiring additional support in order to achieve improved outcomes in learning and /or their well-being.
At Alexander Hosea School, the children are at the centre of everything we do. Our vision statement – Roots to grow, wings to fly - encapsulates the strong ethos that interweaves the whole school community of wanting every child to develop firm roots from which to grow as individuals and as learners, and wings to fly, through promoting limitless learning and ultimately success. With this in mind, we focus on vulnerable groups and consider very carefully how and what school resources and initiatives can enhance every individuals’ progress and achievement. As a result, our pupils eligible for Pupil Premium have positively benefited from the initiatives outlined in the link below:
PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY 2016-2017
At Alexander Hosea Primary School, we have high aspirations for all our pupils and are committed to ensuring that our provision enables each individual child to flourish, make at least good progress and attain highly across the curriculum. This ambition is reflected in our school vision, which is to give our pupils ‘roots to grow and wings to fly’ and is underpinned by our core ‘aspire’ values:
adaptable, self-belief, perseverance, inclusion, respect and enquiry
As a community school we continually strive for excellence in all areas and are outward looking – learning from others and sharing our own practice.
Our focus on character education, growth mindset and learning behaviours results in a nurturing culture that is based upon high expectations for all members of the school community and we continually strive to ensure that no pupil is left behind.
In deciding how best to spend the pupil premium grant each year, we look at the identified barriers to learning faced by pupil premium children in the context of our school. These tend to be low self-esteem and lack of self-belief, personal, social and emotional needs, poor communication and academic skills and less support from home. We recognise that each child entitled to the pupil premium grant is unique in their situation and our response to their needs and our provision to help meet these reflect this.
We also make use of a wide range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.
With this in mind, at Alexander Hosea School, we aim to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide a personalised programme of support, in order for each child to reach his or her full potential.
Our key objective in using the pupil premium grant is to diminish the difference in attainment and achievement between those entitled to the pupil premium and those who are not. Historically children at Alexander Hosea achieve and attain well and in 2016, 100% of our Y2 and Y6 pupil premium pupils attained in line with or better than those not entitled to the pupil premium grant, with the exception of one pupil who was disapplied from SATs.
We will ensure that:
- A high profile is given to pupils eligible for the pupil premium
- All staff are accountable for the progress and attainment of pupils eligible for the pupil premium
At Alexander Hosea School, the progress and attainment of these pupils is carefully tracked and analysed from a rich field of data in order to maintain their profile. They are also prioritised in our marking and feedback, pupil progress meetings and in our other monitoring activities.
Our funding allocation for 2016-2017 is £19,080.
Our priorities and provision for 2016-2017 fall into the following key areas:-
Learning and the curriculum
- Pupil Premium children identified in daily planning
- Providing quality first teaching and a range of proven teacher and TA support and interventions in class
- Prioritised marking and feedback and moderation
- Priority in Pupil Progress meetings / data analysis
- Small group / individual support
- 1-1 Reading Assistant
Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum
- Enriched curriculum opportunities including subsidised educational visits and visitors
- Subsidised residential trips
- Access to a wide variety of clubs
- Subsidised music tuition
Personal, social and emotional support
- TA support
- Learning mentors
- Reading Assistant
- 20-20-20 lunch time support
Parents and families
- Parent Support Adviser
- Personal budget
We will measure the impact of this provision through our monitoring and tracking of individual pupils’ data, PSE trackers and outcomes from pupil and parent conferencing.
We will review our strategy in July 2017.