Pupil Premium

"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." (Rita Pierson) 

What is the Pupil Premium funding?

In April 2011, the Government introduced Pupil Premium funding. 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.

Evidence shows us that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • generally, face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • often do not perform as well as their peers

The sums of money paid to school vary depending on whether the school is primary or secondary and which category the pupil comes under. The pupil premium grant is paid in quarterly instalments. 

Pupil Premium at St Chad's
 
Designated Pupil Premium Leads:  Miss K Hewitt and Ms. K Leach 
Contact details: 01332 345997 / admin@stchads.derby.sch.uk 
 
DDAT Pupil Premium Officer: Sue Vasey
Email: sue.vasey@derby.anglican.org
 
   2019-2020  2020-2021
 Pupil Premium Grant Allocation  £43, 560  £
 Total number of children eligible for the Pupil Premium grant  33  

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 by adhering to latest government guidance

We promote an ethos of excellent education and the highest expectations for all, regardless of background or barriers to learning. Evidence identifies that the most effective way to improve outcomes for all children is through quality first teaching, therefore, we ensure that pupil premium funding is effectively used to ensure disadvantaged pupils access excellent teaching and learning every day. 

Spending decisions in school are informed by research and evidence and their impact are closely monitored by school leaders. Staff receive regular training to understand the causes of underachievement, barriers to learning and strategies which help improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.

We plan a broad, relevant and child-centred curriculum that actively seeks to reduce disadvantage with a strong focus on social and emotional development, communication and language, reading, vocabulary and enrichment. We ensure that extra-curricular activities are accessible to all and that expense is never a barrier. 

Research tells us that children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. For example, how well a child communicates at five years old is one of the best predictors we have about how will they will be doing in school at age eleven. Therefore we prioritise high quality teaching and learning throughout our Early Years, ensuring that we provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 

Although we prioritise quality-first teaching over intervention, we acknowledge that targeted support is essential for some of our children to narrow the gaps. Teacher assessments are used to guide areas for focus and track progress, ensuring that the right support is being provided to the right child for the right amount of time. We use structured interventions that are evidence informed, for example Precision Teach and the Nuffield Early Language Intervention. Sessions are planned with clear objectives and end goals, carried out by trained staff, supported by high quality resources and regularly impact assessed. 

There is no such thing as a typical pupil premium child. Many have very supportive families, who do their very best for their children, but whose limited resources mean that their children have a narrower range of experiences pre-school and outside school than their better-off peers. Every one of these children is an individual with specific background and needs, and we as a school carefully consider these for each individual child in order to target support most successfully.
 
We know from research that good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. Therefore, strong home-school partnerships are the bedrock of our school's vision and all staff prioritise getting to know families well. This ranges from running comprehensive 1:1 induction meetings for all new families, including those joining our school family outside of normal admissions, to the incidental 'meets and greets' on our school gate every single day.
 
We prioritise family engagement and attendance. Our pastoral team work in close partnership with one another to help identify early on families requiring additional help and support. For example, we have a designated Family Support Worker who organises and runs universal and targeted family workshops, classes, group sessions and 1:1 meetings throughout school. 
 
We are proud of our diverse school community and ensure that we can effectively communicate to all families on a daily basis, regardless of their home language. We have successfully introduced  Class Dojo and offer target support to families without Wifi in their households. We have a designated translation team in school that closely works with our New to English families.  Through Class Dojo and with the support of our Love Bears, we have a comprehensive approach to home learning that actively promotes family time, play, talk, wellbeing and the consolidation of key skills, especially in early language and communication, reading and maths. 
 
We offer all children in our care a free breakfast on arrival into school and support families requiring additional help with school uniform. We also extend this offer of support to wider household members and work closely with local charities and services in the area. Further information about pupil premium funding at St Chad's can be found in the documents below. 
Pupil Plan Strategy Statement 2021-2022
Pupil Premium Action Plans from previous years