Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure


Background

Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non‐deprived peers.

The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress. The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are Looked After as an indicator for deprivation.

They have given a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals and who are looked after by the local authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.

Our Key aims:

Our core aim is to raise the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding so that their performance compares favourably with Non-Pupil Premium peers. It is important to state that we do not only measure progress in relation to academic success, but in relation to both social and emotional development as well as against a pupil’s effort and engagement in their education.

Barriers to attainment for our pupils are complex due to their social, emotional and mental health needs. Poor attendance, breakdown of family relationships, cultural, social, financial concerns and health issues are all factors that impact upon our pupil’s ability to engage in their learning.

At Oak Bank, we judge our progress from point of entry; we use previous information as well as baseline assessment to generate this judgement. We are confident that we provide every pupil with a personalised opportunity to become the best version of themselves and address inequalities in the education of pupils from low-income families.

What we expect to see:

Outstanding teaching and learning is paramount to the progress of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.  This remains a consistent and relentless focus at Oak Bank, one that the staff are committed to whole heartedly.

In addition to this, targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:

  • improve levels of attainment and progress;
  • close attainment gaps relative to school averages;
  • enhance mathematics reading, writing, and communication skills;
  • engage and develop learning through a comprehensive enrichment provision;
  • support pupils in becoming aspirational, confident and successful learners;
  • prepare pupils for their next steps transition at Post 16 through engagement in an extensive external provision programme.

We have identified a variety of approaches and strategies as being the most appropriate for pupils at Oak Bank. They include:

  • having a clear policy on spending the Pupil Premium, agreed by governors and publicised on the school website;
  • making sure that class and subject teachers know which pupils were eligible for the Pupil Premium so that they could take responsibility for accelerating their progress;
  • analysing pupil achievement data on a regular basis to ascertain whether interventions and strategies put in place are proving successful and producing the desired outcomes for our pupils;
  • robust training for staff to ensure that they are systematically and consistently focused on providing the best education and positive handling of our pupils;
  • individualised timetables to support personalised learning to include External Provision, specialist resources and 1:1 intervention programmes by Family Support workers, Well Being mentors, Behaviour Support Workers’, TAs and Teaching staff;
  • a robust rewards system to ensure that pupils embrace Oak Bank’s ‘Good to be good’ culture.
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