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Highfield Hall Primary School-  Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement.

 

In the financial year 2016-7 we received £135 000.

The DfE has given schools the freedom to use the Pupil Premium money as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupils' needs.

‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’.

However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals now or at any point over the last six years (known as Ever 6). The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those that are not.

The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been Looked After by a Local Authority, children who have been adopted and the children of service personnel.

At Highfield Hall:

  • we organise our teaching and learning in order to meet the needs of all children
  • we will publish this statement on our website so that parents are fully aware of how this money has been used to make a difference
  • we will ensure that there is monitoring in place to account for the use of the pupil premium
  • we recognise that pupil premium children will have a wide range of needs- the strategies we use to raise attainment will take these group and individual needs fully into account
  • we recognise that not all pupil premium children will be disadvantaged and not all children that are disadvantaged are pupil premium children
  • we use high quality teaching and learning as the preferred way to narrow gaps in attainment. We will also use high quality interventions with proven evidence of impact to assist our pupils who need additional support
  • we allocate pupil premium funding after analysing the needs of priority groups and individuals
  • we believe that one of the greatest barriers for some of our disadvantaged pupils is the early development of language and we will allocate resources accordingly
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The Head Teacher is responsible for implementing this policy. He will ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in narrowing the gaps of our pupils. He will also ensure that staff are given appropriate support to accelerate pupils' progress and attainment. Through performance management arrangements, the management team  will make sure narrowing the gaps is a priority area of focus for the school.

It will be the responsibility of the Head Teacher to report to the Governors on the progress made towards narrowing the gaps for disadvantaged pupils and give an outline of the provision that has been made.

 

Teaching and Support Staff will:

  • maintain the highest expectations of all pupils and not equate disadvantage of circumstance with low ability
  • promote an inclusive and collaborative ethos in their classrooms which enable all pupils to thrive
  • plan and deliver lessons to a high standard and support the acceleration of progress in learning, so that gaps can be narrowed and improvements maintained
  • support disadvantaged groups of pupils in their class through differentiated planning and teaching, especially for those who find aspects of learning difficult and are in danger of falling behind
  • keep up-to-date with teaching strategies and research, which have proven track record in narrowing the gaps in attainment and achievement

 

 

 

 

In the current financial year the money is being used as follows

  • to train and employ additional teaching assistants to work in classrooms across the school to support our work in developing basic skills focussing on literacy and numeracy  (£105,000)
  • to release staff to analyse data and plan interventions for pupil premium children (£8,000)
  • additional teaching time for groups of children or to release class teachers to work with groups of children targeting pupil premium children at risk of not making average progress within KS2 (£9,000)
  • to employ a teaching assistant to deliver speech and language programmes and to support other staff working with older infants (£4,000)
  • to employ an extra play leader at lunchtime and to continue to upgrade some midday supervisors to the play leader role to improve social interaction (£3,000)
  • to subscribe to a computer based therapy programme to develop organisational and thinking skills (COGMED) (£500)
  • to increase the number of enrichment activities at school by funding visits from authors, theatre groups and workshops (£3,000)
  • to subsidise trips and visits for disadvantaged pupils (£2,500)                                       

 

Standards at Highfield Hall are above the National Average at the end of Key Stage Two. By the end of each Key Stage children on free school meals consistently achieve higher levels at Highfield Hall than the average for free school meals children nationally.

 

Pupil Premium standards and progress in 2015/16

 

 

Y6 2015/16

number in year group

reading expected standard

writing expected standard

maths expected standard

Reading+writing

+maths expected standard

reading progress

writing

progress

maths

progress

All pupils

 

35

77%

(national average 66%)

91%

(national average 74%)

80%

(national average 70%)

57.1%

(national average 58.6%)

0

(Derbyshire average -1.2 )

-0.7

(Derbyshire average -0.6 )

-1.4

(Derbyshire average -1)

P.P. children

12

 58%

(national average unknown)

 75%

(national average unknown)

 75%

(national average unknown)

37.5%

(national average unknown)

 -1.2

(Derbyshire average unknown)

-1.5

(Derbyshire average unknown)

 -0.5

(Derbyshire average unknown)

 

 

 Our use of the Pupil Premium will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Governing Body and ongoing adjustments will be made according to the impact the school is having in narrowing the gaps.  

Our aim is for all children at our school to reach their potential and for there to be no significant difference between the performance of different groups of pupils by the time they leave our school in Year 6- however large the gap in their ability when they enter the school- we are committed to narrowing the gaps in achievement for all pupils.

                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                           Senior Management Team    September 2016


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