Pupil Premium – What it is!
At Florence Melly Community Primary our primary aim is to ensure that all children are able to access all aspects of the school’s provision in order to achieve the highest standards of achievement and make the greatest rates of progress possible in relation to their individual starting points. Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
Should you require any further information, please see the following guidance, issued by the Department for Education, which provides an overview of pupil premium for school staff, parents and anyone else interested in the pupil premium: Pupil Premium Overview Information.
As in previous years, our school will continue to use the pupil premium to improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. The disproportionately high impact of COVID-19 on the education of disadvantaged pupils makes this more important than ever!
Our Pupil Premium Strategy
Our pupil premium strategy is founded on the following principles and practices:
- We use a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending as it helps us to balance approaches to improving teaching, targeted academic support, and wider strategies.
- We focus on a small number of priorities each year in areas that are likely to make the biggest difference, with a focus on effective implementation.
- The approaches we choose are selected on the basis of strong external evidence. We consider a broad array of external evidence to inform our decision making, and this helps to enhance the expert knowledge we have of the pupils in our care.
- Our pupil premium strategy is embedded within a broader strategic implementation cycle. What really matters is how we embed these principles into the day-to-day life of our school.
This strategy includes the following information (for the current academic year):
- our pupil premium grant allocation amount
- a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at our school
- how we’ll spend the pupil premium to overcome those barriers and the reasons for our approach
- how we’ll measure the effect of the pupil premium
- the date of our next review of this pupil premium strategy
And the following for the previous academic year:
- how we spent the pupil premium allocation
- the effect of the expenditure on our pupils
Evaluating the pupil premium’s impact in the 2019 to 2020 academic year presents difficulties as a result of reduced numbers of pupils having attended between March and July 2020.
Please use this link to access our most up to date strategy and review: Pupil Premium Strategy. If you have any questions about this strategy, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Senior Leadership Team.