What is Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated by the government to eradicate the historic national gap in performance and attainment of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium. Schools are given independence to spend as they see fit on interventions or strategies to eliminate the gap in their school.
At Wordsworth Primary School we are striving to close this gap in almost all measures of attainment and progress. A variety of analysis tools are used to track progress to provide data to support conclusions drawn in this document. These include Sims and Analyse School Performance (a national data set provided by the DfE). Deputy Headteachers, Year Leaders and Teachers collate and analyse internal pupil progress data to inform assessment of PP pupils; regularly reporting to Governors on our progress. An annual action plan is written based on PP data in order to improve provision, attainment and progress for pupils. Termly Pupil Progress meetings, Provision mapping and Teaching and Learning moderation inform staff of individual progress and attainment.
Research carried out by the EEF “Closing the Attainment gap: key lessons learned in the EEF’s first six years” found that Feedback, Meta-Cognition (Characteristics of Learning) and Self-Regulation are most effective in achieving accelerated progress for pupils with an average of +8 and +7 months progress for pupils. Whilst Oral Language interventions and Early Years interventions – Small Group and Reading Comprehension Strategies on average enable pupils to make +6m and +5 months progress when implemented consistently. Reference to this research enables us to make informed choices about how best to plan whole school approaches to raise attainment for PP pupils. See (http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk) for more details.
How must the funding be used?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they see fit. There is no requirement for the money to be spent on individual children simply because they fall into this category. However, it is expected that the funding will be used to support, as necessary, children in this group so that this group have every opportunity to make the same progress as their peers.
Schools will be held accountable for their use of the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the impact this has on educational attainment.
It is important to note that it should not be assumed that all Pupil Premium children need some or all of this support.
How will the school measure success?
The school tracks the attainment and progress of all children. Success will be evidence that shows that children in this group are making better progress than their national peers and also evidence that the attainment gap is closing. We will compare their progress against their peers in the school and nationally, so that we can judge the impact of our work in this broader context.
Monitoring use of funds
The progress and attainment of disadvantaged children forms a regular part of the review process within the school. The school will report annually to the Governors on how Pupil Premium has been used and publish a document online to evidence spend.
Pupil Premium Strategies and initiatives
We strongly believe Pupil Premium provision strategies must reflect the complexity of the issue and variety of needs to be met therefore our approach is multi faceted.
“Closing the gap has profound implications for models of effective leadership, as it requires the integration of a complex range of variables, strategies and leadership behaviours.” John West Burnham
Please see the attached documents for further details of our allocated funding and the strategies we implement to support Pupil Premium progress and the impact of our funding 2018/2019.