Flash Ley CP School – Policy for Pupil Premium
‘Believe to Achieve’
We are Flash Ley - a place where we all believe we can achieve.
Where we keep trying when faced with adversity, and aiming high is our only aspiration.
A school where working together makes us stronger: 1 team, 1 school, 1 family.
The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.
The purpose of this policy is to outline how we will ensure that the pupil premium allocated to us has an impact on narrowing the attainment gaps which currently exist between our disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
We are aware that under The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012, Schedule 4 there is specified information which has to be published on the school’s website.
The Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (PP+) and the children of service personnel (Ever5).
The DfE has given us the freedom to use the Pupil Premium as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupil needs.
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’
However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.
- To ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- To ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered to qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
Roles and responsibilities
We expect all members of our school community, particularly staff and governors to be committed to raising standards and narrowing the attainment gap for pupils.
The Head and Senior Leadership Team
The Head and SLT are responsible for implementing this policy. They will ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in narrowing the gaps of all pupils. They will also ensure that staff are given appropriate support and relevant professional development to accelerate pupil’s progress and attainment. Through performance management arrangements, they will make sure narrowing the gaps is a priority area of focus for the school.
It will be the responsibility of the Head to include the following information in the annual report for the Governors:
- The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for disadvantaged pupils
- An outline of the provision that has been made since the last annual report
- An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.
Teaching and Support Staff will:
- Maintain the highest expectations of all pupils and not equate disadvantage of circumstance with ‘low ability’.
- Promote an inclusive and collaborative ethos in their classrooms which enable pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive.
- Plan and deliver a curriculum and lessons to a high standard and support the acceleration of progress in learning, so that gaps can be narrowed and improvements maintained.
- Support disadvantaged groups of pupils in their class through differentiated planning and teaching, especially for those who find aspects of learning difficult and are in danger of falling behind.
- Keep up-to-date with teaching strategies and research, which have proven track record in narrowing the gaps in attainment and achievement.
We will provide opportunities for staff to engage in a range of professional development opportunities suited to their particular needs and role. This will support them in implementing successful strategies to accelerate progress of pupils and narrow the gaps.
At the end of the academic year, our Governors will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of narrowing the gaps in our school and the impact this has had
Mrs J Banks (Headteacher)
Mrs Sarah Wilson (Chair of Governors)
Any appeals against this policy will be through the Governors' complaints procedure.
Signed and Dated
Co-Acting Head …Jo Banks……………………………………….
Chair of Governing Body ……Sarah Wilson …………………
Date of Policy…………23rd November……………….