Pupil Premium at Lady Boswell’s
We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and we believe that every child can and should achieve their full potential. We strongly believe that every child is a child of God and should leave our school a self confident, resilient and resourceful 'Life Long Learner'.
Background to Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Lady Boswell’s we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment and achievement and track their progress, comparing it to their year group.
Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team and a link governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium.
At Lady Boswell’s the proportions of FSM children is relatively small and this means that we have to be careful when reporting both progress and attainment or reporting on the interventions delivered and their resulting impact, as children could be clearly identified.
We have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment;
Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions;
Making sure there is always at least good teaching in a day to day basis;
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which children are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.
Our Pupil Premium strategy will be reviewed in September 2017.
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