At St. Andrew’s C.E. Infants’ School, we believe that all our children have an equal entitlement, and should have an equal opportunity to: ‘Learn together in friendship and Faith’, developing skills to become independent, creative individuals who enjoy learning and want to progress. We want each one of our pupils to thrive, to be peacemakers, relate positively to those around them and continue learning through life.
The school receives funding from the Government to support it in trying to meet this aspiration. This is known as the Pupil Premium.
Pupil premium is additional funding, from the government, provided to schools for supporting pupils from low income families to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. The following criteria qualify pupils for pupil premium:
- Families who are in receipt of income support, income –based Jobseekers Allowance, income related Employment and Support Allowance,support under Part 6 of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or Child Tax Credit (further details in our school prospectus)
- Looked after children
- Armed forces children
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils for whom they are responsible. At St. Andrew’s C.E. Infants’ School, a small proportion of children are eligible for pupil premium- 15.3% (September 2017).
All our staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘ disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium supports us in achieving our vision for each child. The amount of £1,320 is given to the school per pupil to further their development and progress in all aspects in learning.
Pupil Premium pupils progress is highlighted within our School development Plan(2017/2018) We aim to:
*To, through consistently good to outstanding teaching, raise attainment and achievement of all groups of leaners, especially in phonics and reading, highlighting DA pupils and boys to show an upward trend in both phonic screening and reading results – work scrutiny to show accelerated progress.
- We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils;
- We seek to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed;
- In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are in receipt of pupil premium will be disadvantaged;
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged qualify for Pupil Premium support. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being in need of intervention and support;
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
The range of provision the staff and Governors consider making for this group include:
- Increasing staff in longer writing and maths sessions( KS1) to enable purposeful feedback and immediate progress in learning
- Proving 1-1 and small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps in learning;
- Social and emotional support through counselling sessions provided by Fegans
- The majority of our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress -moving children to at least age related expectations, in reading, writing and maths. To ensure a greater % reach GLD and achieve Phonic screening in Year 1
- In addition the school recognises the wider curriculum supports and enriches children- therefore funding will also be allocated to enable children to participate fully and actively in wider and extra-curricular activities
- It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to report to the governors on:
- the progress made towards narrowing the gap, for those in receipt of Pupil Premium
- an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting;
- an evaluation of the cost effectiveness and impact of the provision in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision.
- Parents will receive information as to the progress of pupils through personal information sent home on individual education plans and through reporting of assessment results at the end of the academic year.
- The governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department of Education and will appear on our school website.
Any appeals against this policy will be through the governors’ complaints procedure.