Our Pupil Premium Grant Strategy Statement can be found here.
The Pupil Premium Grant funding, which is additional to main school funding, is a key way of narrowing the attainment gap between Free School Meals (FSM) and Non-FSM students. The government has extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for Free School Meals or a Child Looked After (CLA) within the past six years.
The Department for Education states that schools have the freedom to spend the funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what educational provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ DfE website
At George Eliot Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education, allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially.
Our growth mind-set and learning to learn culture ensures that we have the highest expectations and that we continually strive to ensure that no pupil is left behind.
Our strategy in deciding on how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant is to look at the potential barriers pupils face.
The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and could include; less support at home; social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties. Each child entitled to the pupil premium grant is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.
With this in mind, at George Eliot Primary School, we aim to provide quality first teaching to all; to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide a highly personalised programme of support in order to allow each child to reach his/her full potential.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to Pupil Premium and those not.
We will ensure that:
- A high profile is given to Pupil Premium pupils
- All staff are accountable for the progress of Pupil Premium children
- Clear actions from gap analysis is used to improve learning
The progress and attainment of all pupils at George Eliot Primary School is carefully tracked and analysed from a rich field of data in order to draw conclusions and develop action plans. We also make use of a wide range of educational research, from organisations, such as The Sutton Trust or Educational Endowment Foundation, in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.
Our funding priorities fall into 4 key areas:
1. Learning and the Curriculum
2. Parents and Families
3. Social and Emotional Support
4. Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum
Learning and the Curriculum
- Recruiting high quality teachers
- Providing a range of proven teacher and TA led interventions
- Providing quality resources to support teaching – particularly rich texts and concrete materials
Parents and Families
- Improving attendance and punctuality
- Breakfast and After School Clubs
Social and Emotional Support
- MindUP (Meta-cognition and Self-regulation)
Enrichment Within and Beyond the Curriculum
- Enriched curriculum opportunities- subsidised trips and visitors
- Breakfast and After School Clubs
- Wide variety of clubs
- Subsidised music tuition
- Subsidised residential trips
In 2015-2016 we received £306,204
In 2016-2017 we received £278,520
In 2017-2018 we received £249,000
We will review our strategy in October 2018