Key Principles for Pupil Premium at Bolshaw Primary School
Achievement for all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, is best fostered in a school with an ethos of high expectations, where high quality teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do.
The curriculum is designed and regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of all pupils.
Teaching and learning in the classroom is the main focus for raising achievement.
Additional targeted interventions support and complement class based provision.
Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit fully from school wide opportunities to develop them academically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and we believe that no child should be left behind.
We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference to your success. We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential and be ‘the best they can be.’
Background to Pupil Premium Funding
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. (Pupil Premium Plus)
For 2020 - 2021 schools will receive:
£1345 per pupil of primary age (pupils egible for free school meals or Ever 6)
£2345 per pupil who: (Pupil Premium Plus) some Authorties retain some of this funding Pupils who have been looked after for 1 day or more, have been adopted from care or left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order.
School Accountability for the Pupil Premium
The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Schools are held to account through performance tables, which include data on:
- the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- the progress made by these pupils
- the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
At Bolshaw Primary School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment and reduce inequalities.
Leadership and Management:
Our Pupil Premium funding is carefully ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility within our team of staff who take responsibility for Pupil Premium. Our Headteacher and Pupil Premium Link governor oversee all funding, strategic action planning, monitoring and measuring the impact. Our Headteacher and Learning Mentor are our Pupil Premium leaders in school and work closely with our SENCO, key stage leaders, subject leaders, class teachers, support staff and parents. Everyone has a role to play to ensure this aspect of narrowing the gap is achieved.
At Bolshaw we have few children who are categorised as Pupil Premium however we have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment.
Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions.
Making sure there is at least good teaching on a day to day basis.
Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which children are focus children.
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.
We have improved our assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to maximise impact.
PUPIL PREMIUM REPORTS
To find out more about our proposed expenditure of our Pupil Premium funding at Bolshaw Primary School please see read our Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2022 and how our funding will effectively impact on pupils academic and well being outcomes.
The link below also gives you information from the Department for Education.