Pupil Premium Grant Strategy and Expenditure
Schools receive Pupil Premium Funding for each child who is entitled to Free School Meals or who has been entitled over the last 6 years and for any Looked after Children.
The Government requires schools to report to parents on the amount of Pupil Premium funding they receive each year, how it is used and the outcomes for those identified pupils.
Pupil Premium Funding is allocated to schools so that pupils receiving this funding make the same or better progress and attainment as their peers, with the gap between them narrowed or closed.
The needs of our pupils have been assessed and prioritised and Pupil Premium Funding has been allocated to support these identified groups and individual children.
In making provision for any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and other pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Pupil Premium funding is also used to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has identified as being disadvantaged or vulnerable to underachievement. These pupils are included within the various identified Pupil Premium intervention groups.
The targeted allocation of support and resources has meant that not all Pupil Premium children were in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions continuously throughout the year but received support at different times during the year.
The range of provision through the pupil premium funding has been aimed at accelerating progress, by moving children to at least age related expectations in Communication, English and Maths (EYFS-Y6). Where pupils starting points are below expected levels i.e. International New arrival children, or pupils with special needs this is a longer term aim.
At St Stephen and All Martyrs we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially.
What are the barriers to learning faced by PPG children?
When deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant ('PPG') it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by Pupil Premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and include;
* less support at home or Parental engagement with school
* social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations
* attendance and punctuality difficulties.
* access to extra-curricular activities - educational experiences such as trips and music lessons
* The number of pupils who are in receipt of Pupil Premium and also on the SEN register for cognition and learning
* Behaviour – pupils with specific social and emotional needs which affect their learning
Each child entitled to the PPG is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.
How will we measure the impact of our PPG spending?
The progress and attainment of all pupils at St Stephens is carefully tracked and analysed from a rich field of data in order to draw conclusions and develop action plans. 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.
We measure the impact of Pupil Premium Grant spending by tracking every pupil’s progress and knowing every child’s needs. We measure the impact of quality class teaching and every intervention, using a variety of impact data, including:
* Lesson observations
* Work in books
* Pupil interviews
* Parent and carer surveys
* Attendance data
* Individual pupil target-setting data