The pupil premium is additional funding provided to schools to support disadvantaged pupils to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children, reach their full potential and to close the gap in attainment that exists between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium funding:
- children who are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM at any point in the last 6 years,
- children who have been looked after by Social Care continuously for more than 6 months and
- children of those employed in the armed forces.
At Courthouse, we allocate the finding to support our curriculum development, the quality of teaching and intervention. Our strategic focus is driven by:
- observation of the children and their needs,
- data analysis at school and national level,
- review of the last plan and best value and
- educational research e.g. the EEF Pupil Premium Guide and Teaching and Learning Toolkit and the Sutton Trust's What makes great teaching?
Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils
- Narrow vocabulary, poor oracy and specific writing difficulties (including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
- Poor phonological awareness and reading fluency
- Poor general knowledge and limited life experiences
- Mental ill health, poor self esteem and emotional wellbeing (including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Details of how we spent the pupil premium in 2018 - 2019, the impact of our work and how we plan to spend the pupil premium in 2019 - 2020 can be found below.
The local authority reviewed our provision for disadvantaged children in April 2019 and found the following:
- As part of the review, the Headteacher and the review team considered the external Pupil Premium Review that took place in July 2017 and discussed progress from that moment in time. All the actions were considered and it is clear through, for example, analysis of the current Pupil Premium plan (April 2019-March 2020), discussion with leaders and looking at some books of pupils entitled to PP funding and attendance data that actions have been completed.
- The review team can, with confidence, assert that the plan for 2019-20 prioritises quality first teaching. Beyond this, there is evidence of planned quality interventions to support access to the curriculum. A high quality science curriculum session with some Year 6 pupils was seen and there was a discussion with a member of staff who could confidently articulate how she was intervening to support Talk for Writing for disadvantaged pupils. This includes text mapping work on vocabulary.
- There are no further recommendations for this area of work.
Our next pupil premium review will take place in September 2019 with our local authority link adviser.