Pupil Premium Report
In order to identify projects that demonstrate the greatest impact on learning, the school reviews the effects of the previous year's interventions and applies the findings of this review to planned use of future funding.
The meeting to plan the following year's use of the funding takes place in May.
The impact is measured using our data programme, and review of attendance and behaviour from our school management programme.
Pupil Premium Report (3 year overview)
PUPIL PREMIUM AT ST PAULS CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind.
We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.
There is no 'one size fits all' approach to how we use the pupil premium grant at St Paul's. Our children come a very wide range of groups and backgrounds and, as such, often require bespoke support (which is reflected in our plan). The governors have agreed two key points in the year to review pupil premium spend (November and March) and the governor with data as a key responsibility presents the review results to the full Governing Body in December.
BACKGROUND TO PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds.
Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At St Paul’s we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium pupils.
We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team and a link governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium.
At St Paul’s our proportion of FSM children has grown over recent years however it is still well below National and Barnet averages. As a result we have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect.
This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
- Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment;
- Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions;
- Making sure there is at least good teaching in a day to day basis;
- Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which children are focus children.
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer. The school and governors review the impact of the pupil premium spend against the end of year data and intervention analysis in November. The predicted spend is then adjusted to reflect these findings (see above).
We have revised our assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to maximise impact.