Our Pupil Premium Strategy
The Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation is committed to supporting all pupils to overcome any barriers to learning. The Federation recognises that our families have a wide range of needs and they also have many strengths. Our aim is to ensure that all children who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant will make at least expected progress, achieving as well or better than those nationally. In addition to this we expect that all Pupil Premium Pupils will achieve as well as non- pupil premium pupils.
In 2016-17 diminishing the difference and supporting vulnerable children to build their academic resilience continues to be a key aspect of the School Improvement Plan.
How We Measure the Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant
The Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation have a rigorous Assessment cycle that is overseen by two Deputy Heads with responsibility for curriculum and assessment and Inclusion. Progress of all Pupil Premium (PP) children is discussed at termly pupil progress meetings which include the Head of school, phase leader and class teacher. Any PP children who also have Special Educational needs are discussed again at a further meeting with the Special needs coordinator.
To read our report on the Impact of the Pupil Premium Funding from 2014/15 please click here.
Levels of Provision
- The Executive Head, Head of School and SLT lead the whole school in taking responsibility for diminishing the achievement gap. This SIP priority is embedded in the practice and ethos of the school.
- The Deputy Head for Inclusion oversees the organisation of all additional provision, working closely with the Deputy Head for Assessment and the Head of School to track the progress of pupil premium children and evaluate the impact of all provision. They also allocate resources purposefully and report termly to Governors.
- There is a link governor for pupil premium children who monitors the provision and its impact.
- Diminishing the difference for Pupil Premium children continues to be a key focus of the School Improvement Plan (see above), with actions identified and tracked across all subject areas by Team Leaders. Thus all leaders within the school are specifically involved in the raising of attainment for Pupil premium children.
- In order to raise self-esteem, give opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills and to involve children in decision making, we ensure that PP children are well represented in school activities. We will use adult mentors to act as coaches for children who may lack confidence to take part in activities such as: Assemblies and performances, School council, Monitor roles, Guides for visits.
- Both full-time Learning Mentors support Pupil Premium children in class.
- Both full time Learning Mentors work with families, supporting with housing, resources, uniform, food etc with the aim of raising academic achievement and closing the gap.
- The use of Kagan learning techniques which places the emphasis on peer learning, team building and the contribution of every pupil, developing a range of skills such as speaking and listening, confidence and the ability to cooperate.
- From 2015 another key focus has been the Lewisham resilience project, looking at strategies to improve the resilience of the whole school community – this is particularly valuable for vulnerable pupils.
- Ensuring that children have enrichment opportunities e.g. the ballet, opportunities which involve the whole family e.g. pantomime experiences.
- We support our PP and vulnerable children at all transition points, but particularly at secondary transfer. We continue to track these children into secondary school monitoring their academic and emotional progress.
- Federation Opportunities – Many cross-federation opportunities from Nursery-Year 6 are built in to ensure progress of PP children e.g., joint trips and visits, visits to partner school.
The key purpose of our Pupil Premium funding is to remove any barriers to learning and allow pupils to make at least expected and, whenever possible, accelerated progress.
Children will receive some/all of the following support:
- individual tuition
- adult mentors
- pre-teaching/enrichment/trips to ensure full access to the curriculum.
- language/vocabulary enrichment focus.
- opportunities to be ‘the expert’ in the classroom, coaching others in a skill or interest they may have.
- reading buddies
- booster groups – after school and holiday times
- targeted adult support in small groups
- additional TA hours
- learning mentor/home school support time focussed on under-achieving Pupil Premium children and families
School tracks the uptake of all Out of School Learning for Pupil Premium children.
We remove barriers to participation by:
- Funding 20% of places in each After School Clubs run by the school.
- Targeting children for specific clubs and removing barriers to participation by, for example, subsidising school trips and journeys.
- ICT lunchtime clubs for children who do not have internet access at home. Homework club offered to PP children, on an ad hoc basis.
- CCHF holiday scheme to give disadvantaged children a range of residential activity and respite breaks. Specific targeting of families and discussions within the Inclusion Team.
- An Art specialist teacher, PE specialist teacher and French teacher contribute to the planning and delivery of lessons, enhancing the curriculum and developing the skills of all staff. As part of our whole school approach to closing the gap, developing the talents of the targeted children in every class is one of their key goals.
Pupil Premium FAQ's
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to diminish the difference between them and their classmates.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
- Universal credit
Your child’s school will be able to tell you what you need to do to register your child as eligible.
From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell their school – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.
To register your child as eligible for Pupil Premium you need to apply directly to the local authority online here.
Pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
The government also hold schools to account through performance tables, which include data on:
- the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- the progress made by these pupils
- the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
The government rewards schools whose use of the pupil premium has significantly improved the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils with Pupil Premium Awards.