When planning for our Pupil Premium spend we apply the following 12 characteristics of effective Pupil Premium allocation as identified by Sir John Dunford the National Pupil premium Champion from 2013 to 2015.
- Excellent collection, analysis and use of data relating to individual pupils and groups
- Unerring focus on the quality of teaching
- Identification of the main barriers to learning for Pupil premium – eligible pupils
- Frequent monitoring of the progress of every Pupil-Premium eligible pupil
- When progress slows, interventions are put into place rapidly
- Every effort is made to engage parents and carers in the education of their child
- If poor attendance is an issue it is addressed as a priority
- Evidence (especially the Education Endowment Foundation teaching and learning Toolkit) is used to decide on which strategies are most likely to be effective in overcoming barriers to learning
- Staff (teachers and support staff) are trained in-depth on these strategies
- There is complete buy in from all staff to the importance of the Pupil premium agenda, with all staff conveying positive and aspirational messages to the Pupil Premium children. Performance management is used to reinforce the importance of Pupil Premium.
- The effectiveness of teaching assistants is evaluated and, if necessary increased through CPD and improved deployment
- Governors are trained on Pupil Premium
We then apply the following 10 steps
- We set an ambition for what we want to achieve through the Pupil premium funding.
- We analyse the barriers to learning for our Pupil Premium children
- We decide on the outcomes for our Pupil Premium spending
- We identify success criteria for each outcome
- We evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our current strategies and change them if necessary
- We research the evidence that works best
- We decide on the optimum range of strategies to be adopted
- We invest in CPD
- We monitor the progress of the Pupil premium children frequently
- We have an open and transparent audit trail on our school website for Pupil Premium spending
This information is published in our Pupil Premium Strategy document which is made available on the school website.
Each year when we become aware of our anticipated Pupil Premium funding we will begin to plan ahead by:-
- Conducting an analysis of the progress being made by each eligible child and any barriers to learning that they have.
- Evaluating the effectiveness and appropriateness of the interventions and strategy that is currently being implemented in school.
- Re-adjusting strategy and implementation accordingly in order to meet the needs of the children where progress has slowed.
In terms of the DfE and data analysis the Pupil Premium Group is identified as ‘disadvantaged’ and the non-Pupil premium group is identified as ‘other’. This terminology is used consistently in Analyse School Performance (ASP) and in the Fischer Family Trust (FFT) data bases. Staff should be aware of this terminology when making comparisons using ASP and FFT databases.
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