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.
Our next pupil premium review will take place in September 2019 with our local authority link adviser.