Warren Road Pupil Premium Statement
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools with pupils on roll who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years; looked after children; or children of service personnel. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will support raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Nationally there continues to be a gap in their level of achievement when compared to all other pupils.
The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision of Excellence for All. In using the Premium at Warren Road, we will adhere to the following principles:
We will ensure that teaching and learning meets the needs of all pupils.
- We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for all disadvantaged pupils.
- We recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or group of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium intervention at one time.
Barriers to Learning
Whilst the needs of all children will be established in order to provide the highest quality teaching and learning, some common barriers have been identified:
- Poor early communication and language development.
- Limited access to wider experiences and opportunities.
- Low aspirations.
At Warren Road we will aim to use the Premium to fund those activities/interventions which we consider to be the most effective in raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Research on the impact of different strategies including work undertaken by the Sutton Trust and Ofsted is used to shape the school’s provision.
Effective strategies include:
- High quality teaching and learning which addresses the needs of all children with effective differentiation to challenge all pupils.
- 1 to 1 and small group support by experienced teaching/support staff focused on closing gaps in learning for children working towards achieving age related expectations as well as those aiming to exceed this.
- High quality feedback to pupils to address misconceptions, reshape learning and establish clear next steps.
- A focus on the development of personal and social skills.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by Warren Road staff or external agencies.
We recognise that high quality class teaching has the biggest impact on pupils’ learning and their achievement. Class teachers are fully informed about the needs of the pupils in their class and differentiate learning accordingly and have the highest expectations of all pupils.
We aim to close any gaps in pupils’ learning as early as possible and for this reason we will direct support into Early Years and KS1 with a focus on pupils’ Communication and Language Development. We also however track the progress of all pupils and whenever any pupil falls behind we will do our utmost to close any gaps.
We recognise achievement in all its forms and do our best to ensure disadvantaged pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum. We will provide opportunities to ensure all pupils can take part in any special activities including residential visits, clubs and activities – no disadvantaged pupils will be excluded from these activities.
It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to produce regular reports for the governing body, via the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee.
The next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy will be in July 2017.
An outline of the provision funded by the Pupil Premium and impact is detailed below: