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Pupil Premium

Last Reviewed: June 2019 June 2021

Next Review: June 2021

Pupil Premium: Lead Head of School/ Deputy Head

Nominated Governor: Shamim Ulzaman

 

 

We believe this policy is a working document that is fit for purpose, represents the school ethos, enables consistency and quality across the Federation and is related to the following legislation:

  • Adoption and Children Act 2002
  • Education Act 2002
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Pupil Premium 2014 to 2015; conditions of grant (DfE)

 

At the Foxdell Federation we are committed to meeting the pastoral, social and academic needs of all pupils recognised as ‘disadvantaged’. Every child who is considered to be ‘disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of disadvantage. We believe that all pupils can and will succeed at our school.

 

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in order to address the inequalities between those children eligible for free school meals and their peers and is aimed at children from Reception to Year 11 pupils.

 

The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation. They have given a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals and who are looked after by the local authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. There is a wide gap between the attainment of pupils from deprived backgrounds and others at all educational stages.

 

At Foxdell we understand that it is our duty to use the Pupil Premium effectively in order to raise achievement and narrow the gap between those children from low income families, looked after children, children whose parents are serving in the armed forces and their peers. It is our intention to disaggregate the Pupil Premium funding from the main school budget and to target the groups of pupils that it is intended for. The funding will be spent on strategies considered to be the most effective on raising achievement. We understand that we will be held accountable on how we use the Pupil Premium and that the achievements must be quantifiable. This will be done by using the school's performance tables to compare the achievement of Pupil Premium pupils with their peers.

 

By using pupil tracking data effectively we can identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual pupils and groups and then provide the relevant support that is necessary in order to accelerate pupil progress. Every year we will publish online details on how we intend to spend our Pupil Premium allocation plus an evaluation of its impact from the previous year. We strive to improve the life chances of all disadvantaged pupils by using the extra financial resources of the Pupil Premium wisely and thereby narrow the gap. We have a clear vision for what all our pupils will achieve through:

 

  • a whole school ethos of attainment for all;
  • addressing behaviour and attendance;
  • high quality teaching for all;
  • meeting individual learning needs;
  • deploying staff effectively;
  • data driven and responding to evidence;
  • clear, responsive leadership.

 

Key Principles

  • We have high expectations for all pupils.
  • We do not equate deprivation and challenge with low ability.
  • Not all pupils who qualify for Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify or are registered for Free School Meals. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils.
  • Teaching and learning strategies are designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups and additional support is integrated into the teaching programme.
  • In providing support we will not socially isolate pupils. Therefore groups receiving additional support will be a mix of Free School Meals and non-Free School Meals pupils.

 

How the funding will be used

  • The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils;
  • The funding will be used to reduce the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers ;
  • As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others;
  • We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

 

We have adopted the “Dunford Plan” which is a ten point plan on spending the pupil premium successfully as outlined by the National Pupil Premium Champion:

Step 1: Set an ambition for what we want to achieve with Pupil Premium funding.

Step 2: Analyse the barriers to learning for PP pupils. 

Step 3: Decide on the desired outcomes of our PP spending.

Step 4: Against each desired outcomes, identify success criteria.

Step 5: Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of current PP strategies and change them if necessary.

Step 6: Research the evidence of what works best.

Step 7: Decide on the optimum range of strategies to be adopted.

Step 8: Staff training in depth.

Step 9: Monitor the progress of PP pupils (through data and pupil progress meetings). Step 10: Put an audit trail on the school website for PP spending.

 

As a school, we use evidence to inform our decisions on pupil premium spending. Using evidence-based research and resources from the Education Endowment Foundation, and learning from what works in our school, ensures public funding is spent most effectively and efficiently.

 

We will publish our strategy on the school’s use of the pupil premium in each academic year on the school website, in line the Department for Education’s requirements on what maintained schools must publish online.

 

We will publish information on the school’s use of the pupil premium on the school website in line with the requirements set out in our funding agreement and the Department for Education’s guidance on what academies should publish online.

 

Eligible pupils

The pupil premium is allocated to the school based on the number of eligible pupils in reception, year one and year two. Eligible pupils fall into the categories explained below.

 

Ever 6 free school meals

Pupils recorded in the most recent January school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (as determined by the Department for Education’s latest conditions of grant guidance). This includes pupils first known to be eligible for free school meals in the most recent January census. It does not include pupils who received universal infant free school meals but would not have otherwise received free lunches.

 

Ever 6 service children

Pupils:

  • with a parent serving in the regular armed forces
  • who have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point in the last 6 years (as determined by the Department for Education’s latest conditions of grant guidance), including those first recorded as such in the most recent January census
  • in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence because one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces

Looked after children

These are Pupils that are in care or are provided with accommodation by a local authority in England or Wales.

 

Post-looked after children

Pupils recorded in the most recent January census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.

 

Helping Hands Scheme

As a school, we firmly believe that money should never a barrier to equality of access for disadvantaged pupils. To support this aim, we offer families of pupil premium pupils Helping Hands vouchers consisting of:

  • a free place for half-termly after school extra-curricular activity
  • free school trips
  • a free uniform bundle at the start of each academic year
  • free milk throughout the year

 

Responsibility for the Policy and Procedure

 

Role of the Headteacher and Governing Body

The Headteacher and Governing Body will:

  • ensure the Pupil Premium is used effectively in narrowing the gap between those children eligible for free school meals and their peers;
  • hold the head teacher to account for the implementation of this policy
  • ensure the school is using pupil premium funding appropriately, in line with the rules set out in the conditions of grant
  • monitor the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, in conjunction with the head teacher, to assess the impact and effectiveness of the school’s use of the funding
  • monitor whether the school is ensuring value for money in its use of the pupil premium
  • challenge the head teacher to use the pupil premium in the most effective way
  • set the school’s ethos and values around supporting disadvantaged members of the school community The Headteacher and Governing Body will:
  • ensure the Pupil Premium is used effectively in narrowing the gap between those children eligible for free school meals and their peers;
  • hold the head teacher to account for the implementation of this policy
  • ensure the school is using pupil premium funding appropriately, in line with the rules set out in the conditions of grant
  • monitor the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, in conjunction with the head teacher, to assess the impact and effectiveness of the school’s use of the funding
  • monitor whether the school is ensuring value for money in its use of the pupil premium
  • challenge the head teacher to use the pupil premium in the most effective way
  • set the school’s ethos and values around supporting disadvantaged members of the school community The Headteacher and Governing Body will:
  • ensure the Pupil Premium is used effectively in narrowing the gap between those children eligible for free school meals and their peers;
  • hold the head teacher to account for the implementation of this policy
  • ensure the school is using pupil premium funding appropriately, in line with the rules set out in the conditions of grant
  • monitor the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, in conjunction with the head teacher, to assess the impact and effectiveness of the school’s use of the funding
  • monitor whether the school is ensuring value for money in its use of the pupil premium
  • challenge the head teacher to use the pupil premium in the most effective way
  • set the school’s ethos and values around supporting disadvantaged members of the school community

 

Role of the Pupil Premium Lead

The Pupil Premium Lead will:

  • collect, analyse and use data relating to individual pupils and groups;
  • constantly focus on the quality of teaching;  identify the main barriers to learning for PP-eligible pupils;
  • use the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit to decide on which strategies are likely to be most effective in overcoming barriers to learning;
  • train teaching and support staff on the chosen strategies;
  • undertake the frequent monitoring of the progress of every PP-eligible pupils;
  • put in interventions when a pupil's progress slows;
  • engage parents/carers in the education and progress of their child;
  • address poor attendance;
  • ensure all staff understand and accept the importance of the PP agenda;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of teaching assistants and if necessary increase through training and improved deployment;
  • provide strong leadership and have high expectations to raise achievement;
  • make creative, evidence-based decisions based on a detailed understanding of pupils' needs;
  • use data effectively to identify children who are underachieving;
  • put in to place effective strategies and interventions such as:
  • additional teaching and support staff
  • one-to-one support
  • small group work
  • specialised IT software
  • additional learning sessions outside school hours
  • educational visits
  • parent engagement programmes

 

  • evaluate the impact of these strategies and interventions;
  • annually report to parents under the following headings:

 

  • A description of the Pupil Premium
  • The total amount allocated for the current academic year
  • How the money will be spent
  • Statement comparing the effect of the expenditure with the attainment of those pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium
  • ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant is a prominent element of the school development plan

 

 

Role of School Personnel

School personnel are responsible for:

  • Implementing this policy on a day-to-day basis
  • Setting high expectations for all pupils, including those eligible for the pupil premium
  • Identifying pupils whose attainment is not improving in response to interventions funded by the pupil premium, and highlighting these individuals to the senior leadership team
  • Sharing insights into effective practice with other school staff

 

Role of Parents/Carers

Parents/carers will:

  • be aware of and comply with this policy;
  • be encouraged to take an active role in the life of the school by attending:
  •  parent-teacher consultations
  • class assemblies
  • school concerts
  • fundraising and social events
  • ensure regular and punctual attendance;

 

  • notify school on the first day of pupil absence;
  • have holidays in term time and authorised by school;
  • encourage effort and achievement;
  • encourage completion of homework and return it to school on time;
  • provide the right conditions for homework to take place;
  • support the school Code of Conduct and guidance necessary to ensure smooth running of the school;
  • ensure correct school uniform is worn.

 

The Head of school/ Deputy Head are responsible for the implementation of this policy and all staff are responsible for ensuring that the policy is followed.

 

 

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