What is pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.
If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been continuously looked after for at least 6 months (LAC) the school receives an amount per head within their budget.
Towers Junior School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps. Towers Infant School actively promotes equality of opportunity for all staff, governors, pupils and parents, creating a harmonious learning community where all can succeed.
We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximize progress.
Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact. This includes two identified governors having responsibility for Pupil Premium, the Head Teacher leading the development plan and a coordinated strategic leadership approach to implementing plans. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.
Pupil premium planning and impact
To narrow the attainment gap of those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding
What do we expect to see:
Targeting additional support strategies which results in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to have full access to our curriculum and all extra- curricular experiences.
All students in the target group who are currently under-performing because the impact of their disadvantaged background will make improved progress leading to diminishing the difference in attainment.
Data shared shows the attainment data for all pupils vs disadvantaged pupils.
Due to the relatively small number of disadvantaged pupils in each cohort, the number of children are indicated to give a better understanding of the data. We can see that in the some instances where the gap has increased, this is actually a difference of one and two children.
Tracking and Intervention
The progress and achievement of all pupils is monitored at key points in the academic year. Any pupil (PP or not) who is in need of intervention is identified and the necessary support is put in place. This is led by the Head of School and SEND Co through regular meetings and discussions. The Deputy Head Teachers regularly analyses data to highlight differentials in performance and impact of interventions.
Resources and Staffing
The contribution from Pupil Premium will provide: a range of intervention programmes to help children reach their full potential in Literacy and Numeracy
e.g. Colour Semantics, Phonics, Reading, Plus One, Behaviour Manager, lunchtime and afternoon groups to support pupils’ self-esteem, attitudes to learning, sense of wellbeing and enjoyment of school.