The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students on roll known to be eligible for Free School Meals currently or who have claimed within the last five years, as well as pupils who have been adopted or looked after by the Local Authority.
We are committed to ensuring that all of our children make the best possible progress and achieve highly in all subject areas. Our pupil premium strategy is designed to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve this goal.
We track pupils’ achievement closely and identify the academic challenges, and wider challenges that hinder attainment. Using strong evidence to inform our decision-making and our knowledge of the pupils, we have planned a tiered approach.
Our top tier is the investment we make in high-quality teaching. Evidence shows that investment made in high-quality teaching has the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school. We intend that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside the progress for their disadvantaged peers.
Our strategy also contains a tier of academic support that is targeted for some pupils and focussed on their specific needs. This is mainly delivered through the use of recovery tuition with the National Tutoring Programme for pupils whose education has been worst affected, including non-disadvantaged pupils.
We have also planned for the use of wider approaches to provide support for non-academic barriers that may impact success in school.
The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils excel. To ensure they are effective we will:
- ensure disadvantaged pupils are challenged in the work that they are set
- ensure disadvantaged pupils can access extra-curricular opportunities
- act early to intervene at the point need is identified
- raise expectations of what disadvantaged pupils can achieve
Churchfields Junior School is committed to ensuring that all children have equality of access to resources in an inclusive environment. We are committed to all children succeeding at the highest possible levels and believe that the Pupil Premium Grant should be directed to supporting us to achieve this vision. We have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background.
Research has shown that children who have been on/are on Free School Meals (FSM) do not attain as highly as other children in school. The government provides this grant so that we can allocate additional support to ensure that they do. The support can be in a short burst or over a longer term such as a term, two terms, a year or more. It may take the form of individual or small group teaching and may be an evidence based intervention. It can be additional resources, enrichment or access to opportunities that enhance learning and or aspiration.