What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It is a school-level grant that gives schools extra resources to help them meet challenges, including those arising from deprivation, to reduce the gap in performance between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.
It is allocated for schools to:
- Improve the academic outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
- Close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers across the country.
It is up to schools to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they are best placed to assess what additional educational provision should be put in place to ensure maximum progress for all the children within their care.
Southfield Park Pupil Premium Vision
As a school we believe that every child has an entitlement to achieve their maximum potential regardless of their circumstances. We will consider the strengths and needs of all children to provide opportunities to develop interests, break through barriers, increase resilience and ensure that every child in our care is inspired to have high aspirations. Inclusivity is at the heart of all we do; as the leadership of the school we will ensure that resources are effectively deployed to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed and SHINE. This is achieved through the early identification of strengths or any barriers to learning; identifying what children need to achieve and then creating opportunities or providing support for each child.
Our Pupil Premium vision puts children at the centre of the learning process, this is achieved through our broad curriculum, which focuses on developing oracy skills and vocabulary in order to ensure all children have the skills they need for access to a full and rich curriculum.
We are also very keen to ensure the involvement of all stakeholders, including parents, as we are aware that our school cannot effectively close learning gaps in isolation. We are determined to engage with families in supporting them and providing the necessary environment from which children can grow and develop.
As a school that is ambitious for all, our provision for disadvantaged children must be of the highest quality. At the forefront of that effort must be our classroom teaching and learning, without which few disadvantaged children would succeed. We therefore firmly believe, as a necessity, that our provision for our disadvantaged children must be first and foremost a whole school approach. Our high-quality teaching offer is dedicated to ensuring every child in the class has not only the opportunity, but the expectation to achieve highly and experience success.
How does it work?
Southfield Park Primary School receives funding for each disadvantaged pupil and uses the funding flexibly, in the best interests of each eligible pupil. Leaders draw upon an evidence-informed approaches to apply a ‘tiered’ approach to delivering our Pupil Premium Strategy.
Tier 1: Improving Teaching
Schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
Tier 2: Academic support
Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.
Tier 3: Wider approaches
This may include non-academic use of the Pupil Premium such as:
-music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
-help with the cost of educational trips or visits
Schools may find using the Pupil Premium in this way helps to:
- increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
- encourage pupils to be more aspirational
- benefit non-eligible pupils
- create a longer term strategy
Southfield Park Primary School takes a longer view of the support the grant provides. Leaders plan the use of the grant to support children as they pass through the whole school to the next stage of their education. We do this by aligning our Pupil Premium Strategy with our wider school improvement planning.
Click here to read the Southfield Park Pupil Premium Strategy for 2021-2024.
Accessing the Pupil Premium Funding at Southfield Park
Funding is allocated to the school based on an annual basis. It is important that if you think your child is eligible for pupil premium support, you must contact the school office for more information. Individual requests for financial support for school-based activities are considered by the Headteacher. Requests can be made via the school office.
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