Pupil Premium Policy
Our school aims to provide a happy, safe and caring environment where children can develop an enthusiastic approach to learning. All children will have equal opportunity to reach their full potential both academically and socially. The will be encouraged to work responsibly and independently. The aim is for each child to have high self-esteem and be able to move with confidence to the subsequent stages of their education.
The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving these aims.
The Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.
Schools are expected to use the funding to help close attainment gaps for eligible pupils. They are accountable for its use in ensuring that the gap between children eligible for Pupil Premium and their peers is closed.
Principles of Utilising Pupil Premium at Richmond Hill
We ensure that quality first teaching and learning experiences meet the needs of all our children, along with tailored interventions where we feel they will be of benefit. We aim to support social and emotional development through additional provision where it is required. Our open and honest relationships with families enable us to identify required support and intervention.
Through assessment analysis and learning about individual children we are able to provide appropriate provision for children who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes children who receive free school meals and looked after children. We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals or are looked after will be socially disadvantaged. Equally not all children that are vulnerable / socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
Teachers and staff are all aware of the children who access Pupil Premium and know which interventions or additional provision they are receiving. The Deputy Head Teacher will provide assessment data which highlights Pupil Premium every term for teachers to consider when they are planning and tracking children’s success. The progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium is carefully tracked and recorded and discussed at regular Pupil Progress meetings.
We feel it is essential to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any children or groups of children the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged or are in need of a specific type of provision. At least 70% of any group funded through PPG will be made up of Pupil Premium children.
Our Pupil Premium funding will be used for closing the academic gaps and social gaps between children. We believe in working to develop the ‘whole child’ and for many of our pupil premium children this may start with their basic needs such as food and care. As is described by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, children cannot learn and develop knowledge until their most basic needs are met. This is vital within our setting and we consistently ensure that our children are clean, not hungry and feel as safe and happy as possible in school.
We have a wide range of provision for which we use Pupil Premium funding, some may focus on academic progression and others on the social and personal aspects discussed above. It is vital to get the balance of provision just right.
The range of provision the Governors will consider may include but is not limited to:
* Subsidised Breakfast Club
* Enrichment days in school
* Visits out in the community or wider
* Reducing class sizes in Years 5 and 6, thus improving opportunities for effective AfL and accelerating progress.
* Provision of PE teacher ot allow for focused mentoring sessions
* Purchase of additional resources to improve quality first teaching
* Professional development opportunities for teachers which will impact on achievement of disadvantages children
* 1-1 support
* Additional staff to run tailored and structured interventions (including more able)
* Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through Inclusion Mentors, trained TAs or external agencies
* Commissioned Speech Therapy sessions and other outside agency support
* Strategies to improve attendance of PPG families including time limited subsidised travel expenses.
* Nurture Group provision to support the most vulnerable children
* Appointment of a Social Inclusion Officer to provide support and advice to the most vulnerable families
* After school club
* Subsidised school uniform for disadvantages families meeting specific criteria
All our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress; moving children to at least age related expectations, with an emphasis on Communication, English and Maths.
Monitoring and Reporting
It will be the responsibility of the Deputy Head Teacher to keep up to date records showing the use of Pupil Premium funding, the aims of the provision and the success rate. This will lead to the production of regular reports for the Head teacher and for Governors based on the progress made towards narrowing the gap for Pupil Premium children. The report will include an outline of provision and an evaluation of effectiveness in terms of the progress or personal development of the children. The Governors at Richmond Hill will ensure that there is an annual statement on the school website showing how Pupil Premium funding has been used.