At Tyndale Primary, we firmly believe that all children deserve the very best education regardless of background or need. In April 2011, the government introduced the Pupil Premium. This give schools additional funding to diminish any gaps in attainment for disadvantaged pupils and children in care, as well as to assist with the pastoral needs of those children. How the Pupil Premium is spent is closely monitored and schools are accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results. Attainment statistics published in January 2014 show that in 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals got 5 GCSEs, including English and mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify. The government believes it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances, and intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.
Schools can decide how the money is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Decisions on this are guided by our Pupil Premium Policy which has been agreed by school governors.
How is Pupil Premium spent at Tyndale Primary School? Our rationale
At Tyndale, we continuously monitor the progress of all our pupils to ensure that they are achieving their full potential. When deciding how to best use the Pupil Premium, we have used the Educational Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit which provides evidence on how schools can spend money more effectively to improve the teaching and learning of children from low-income families.
|‘Given the evidence that educational attainment is the key determinant of life chances, tackling the gap in attainment between children from low-income families and other pupils whilst aiming to raise attainment across the board, particularly at key stage 4, should be a priority for South Gloucestershire.’ Page 36||The school spends a large % of its PP funding on academic support targeting English and mathematics. The school uses the Education Endowment Foundations research to inform it’s planning of interventions and catch up programmes.|
|‘Social disadvantages, such a negative prior educational experience, low confidence, poor health, and limited information, advice and guidance which lock negative attitudes and practices in place from an early age.’ Page 48||The school spends another large portion of its PP funding on Teaching Assistant support. This supports teachers in providing 1:1 feedback to PP pupils and supports smaller group work.|
|‘Fuel poverty can impact negatively on children’s health and long-term life prospects. Children living in cold homes are twice as likely to suffer from a variety of respiratory problems as children living in warm homes’. Page 57||The school uses some of its PP funding to employ and Education Welfare Officer who works with families to address housing issues as well as the health issues resulting in poor attendance at school|
|The national Child Poverty Strategy found that ‘if every child does well at school and finds a job, they would earn more for themselves and boost economic growth’. Page 21||The school uses some of its PP funding on enrichment, engagement and extra-curricular activities. We ensure that all PP children attend educational visits by supporting them with the cost. The school aims that all pupils hold the highest aspirations and understand that passion and hard work lead to high achievement.|
What are our plans for 2018/19?
Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 = £101,640
We will use the funding to:
There are additional barriers faced by pupil Premium children that we will use the funding to overcome: