The Pupil Premium grant is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include those who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) those looked after by the local authority and children in the armed service personnel. (In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years (Ever 6)
At Queens Drive Infant School, we use the funding to tackle a range of barriers to learning, and to ensure that all children are able to make the most of every opportunity to make accelerated progress and achieve at least expected standards in reading, writing and maths.
The EEF Pupil Premium guidance is clear that the most effective strategy for improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils is access to a high-quality curriculum through high-quality teaching and learning. We make decisions in order to develop the cultural capital, self-regulation techniques and engagement in lifelong learning that all children are entitled to. We provide a range of targeted support for our disadvantaged pupils, which includes, but is not limited to-
- Ensure all children have access to quality first teaching across the school
- provide 1 to 1 or small group interventions when required in phonics, reading, writing, maths and wellbeing.
- Carefully track achievement and progress and provide academic support through interventions led by experienced TA’s and teachers.
- Ensure all children have access to extra -curricular activities including clubs, trips and seasonal experiences.
- Ensure all children have the equipment they need to engage with home learning, including homework and book packs.
- Ensure every opportunity is taken to engage with parents and involve them in their child’s education.
- Increase children’s access to literacy in the home
- Support children and their families facing challenging circumstances with support from our Family Liaison Officer, play therapy or information about wider services.
- attendance support
At Queen's Drive Infant School we plan spending from the Pupil premium budget using the 3 Tiered Approach from the EEF. (Education Endownment Fund)
Tier 1- Quality First Teaching - has the greatest impact on pupil progress, especially disadvantaged pupils.
Tier 2 - Interventions - There may be call to address gaps in learning or fast track pupils through interventions.
Tier 3 - Wider Strategies - focusing on removing the non academic barriers to learning.