What is Pupil Premium?
In April 2011, the Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). This funding is allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of children who receive free-school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers. It is essential that the funding to tack disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
National data and research tells us those children eligible for Free School Meals underperform in comparison to their peers. For example, in 2014 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage compared with 64% of other children. The Pupil Premium Grant provides schools with extra funding to narrow and close this gap.
Pupil Premium at St Chad’s.
Our school vision takes inspiration from and is deeply rooted in the Greatest Commandment:
“Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbour as yourself”.
We are an inclusive school and our vision, though distinctively Christian, welcomes and values all faiths and cultures within our diverse school community. Our school’s core values of love, friendship, compassion and respect sit at the heart of our school community and underpin every aspect of school life.
Love: “Do everything with love”. (Corinthians 16:14)
Friendship: “Encourage one another and build each other up”. (Thessalonians 5:11)
Compassion: “Be kind to one another”. (Ephesians 4:32)
Respect: “Treat others as you want to be treated”. (Luke 6:31)
As a Church school, we are deeply committed to serving the common good and thus we ensure well-planned and considerate spending of our Pupil Premium funding.
- We organise teaching and learning in order to meet the needs of all of our children in the best way possible.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met.
- We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free school meals.
- Not all interventions are measurable in terms of attainment outcomes, but research shows that wider opportunities and extended provision can raise self-esteem and increase learner confidence.
At St Chad's, we are committed to raising the awareness of the Pupil Premium grant through our comprehensive school induction procedures. We have recently used some of our Pupil Premium funds to help purchase new software so that we can better identify families that are entitled to Pupil Premium funding, immediately.
What are our main barriers?
- Ensuring consistent high quality, personalised teaching and learning across school for all children.
- Children’s independence, resilience and confidence. Some children are significantly below age related expectations and need to have focused support to progressively narrow the gap as they move through school.
- Poor speech, language and communication skills, including range and depth in vocabulary, conversation skills and a lack of enriching life experiences/ extra-curricular activity.
- Parental Engagement and attendance. Attendance can often be patchy attendance and there is a lack of readiness to learn for the most disadvantaged pupils.
What are we spending the PPG on this academic year?
You will find a more detailed description of this in the strategy document below.
- Quality First Teaching (Staff CPD)
- Interventions (Talk Boost; Precision Teaching; Teaching Assistant CPD)
- Parental Engagement (Translation services; parent workshops; helping to ensure school readiness)
Evidence identifies that the quickest and most effective way to improve outcomes for children in receipt of PPG is through Quality First Teaching. Therefore, we use our PPF to subsidise some of the costs towards additional whole school training for our staff on early language; investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise; or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech, language and communication.
At St Chad's, every child who receives Pupil Premium funding is entitled to:
|Pupil Premium Grant Allocation||£19,800||£43,560|
|Total number of children eligible for the Pupil Premium grant||15||33|