Benenden CE Primary School

Pupil Premium Policy, September 2015

The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and narrow the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

  • registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • been in care for 6 months or longer (from 2014 this will include pupils who have been in care for one day or more and those who have been adopted from care since 2005.)

At Benenden CE Primary School a lower than national percentage of the school roll are eligible for Pupil Premium. The impact of all funding on outcomes of these vulnerable pupils will be closely and regularly monitored by the school leaders and governors.

School Aims

We aim to ensure that every child leaves Benenden CEP School excited about learning and determined to be the best they can be.  We want to equip them with confidence and resilience.  We want to nurture the three Christian  values of the school which are friendship, trust, and forgiveness. These qualities will enable them to thrive and to champion kindness and fairness at all stages of their future lives. We aim to develop all children as successful learners, responsible citizens, effective contributors and confident individuals.

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support us in achieving our aims

Principles

  • We ensure that quality first teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This specifically includes addressing the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils. Where appropriate, other pupils (not eligible for Pupil Premium) may be supported along with those who are as long as this does not have an adverse impact on the progress of the more disadvantaged.  Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following termly analysis of progress, attendance and behaviour. Analysis of this data will identify priority pupils and groups.

Provision

The school makes a wide range of provision to support children who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are socially disadvantaged.  This provision includes:

  • Small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
  • Family Liaison Officer to support children and their families including promoting good attendance.
  • Numbers Counts or other specified 1:1 teaching
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by teachers, TAs or external agencies
  • Additional support for assessments, training and advice from specialists such as speech therapists, educational psychologists etc.
  • Access to therapeutic interventions and advice
  • Paying for activities that broaden the curriculum

All intervention is recorded on the Class intervention map and evaluated every term. This evaluation allows the school (and governors) to determine whether it is achieving ‘value for money’.  All work funded by the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress and narrowing the attainment gap between Pupil Premium Pupils and non- Pupil Premium Pupils at Benenden

Reporting

The Headteacher or delegated member of staff will produce regular reports for the Governors on:

  • the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
  • an outline of the provision
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support
  • Annual expenditure and desired outcomes will be on the school website
  • The governors will elect a Pupil Premium champion to monitor the work of these vulnerable children.

The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents and carers on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘closing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.  This statement will be published annually on the school’s website.

 

Reviewed and agreed by governors, October 2016