100% of the students achieving their potential – that’s our goal
At Stanley we have many posters around the school building that espouse the virtues that 100% effort will lead to 100% progress, for some students however they have challenges outside of school that make this difficult. One of the mechanisms the school has at its disposal to help overcome these barriers to learning is the Pupil Premium. So what is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools (and academies) by central government to schools that have students on roll that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years(£935 per child); those who have been continuously looked after, CLA, (£1,900 per child); those who are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (£1,900); those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces, or whose parent/guardian is receipt of a pension from the MoD (£300 per child). Schools will have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment and closing the gap for the most vulnerable students. This significant extra resource exists to enable us to overcome the challenges faced by our disadvantaged students. It is no longer an option as to whether we use it effectively and transparently. Whilst of course Ofsted inspections will judge how wisely we have used these resources, much more importantly is the fact that the strategic targeting and focused use of the Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision of ensuring all students reach their potential regardless of financial or other circumstances.
- We aim to secure the highest possible attainment for every student.
- In order to achieve our practice is focused on closing all gaps that may occur between disadvantaged children and others.
- Our aspirations are high for all our students. In order to improve their employability and realise their ambitions we prioritise the development of key skills, qualities and attributes as well as increasing their educational outcomes.
- We ensure that teaching, learning and progression opportunities meet the needs of all of our students.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for students who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged students are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, we recognise that not all students who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We will ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is used to support any student or groups of students the school has legitimately identified as being ‘disadvantaged’.
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at any one time.
The range of provision the Governors consider making for Pupil Premium-funded groups include:
- Reduction in class size to ensure quality focussed teaching and learning experiences.
- Activities that enrich and supports students improving opportunities and accelerating progress.
- Providing small group work with highly skilled and experienced teachers focussed on reading recovery.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through mentors and trained literacy and numeracy teaching assistants.
- Enhance the internal provision and improve the outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people including the use of quality external agencies that improve outcomes.
- All our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving students to at least age related expectations and/or attaining in line with the national average. For all students who fall below these national expectations in English and Maths at KS3 they will have access to 1:1 and group tuition to help them ‘catch up’.
- Pupil Premium resources will also be used to target able students in receipt of Free School Meals to achieve at least 3 levels of progress (from KS2 – 4) and C or above in English, mathematics (KS4).
- Provision is already made for students with statements, as funding for their need is already in place.
The Headteacher will produce a report for governors in the December of each year to indicate how effective the use of the Pupil Premium has been the previous year and indicate what changes are being made to the way the fund is allocated to ensure that the gap in achievement between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students is being closed. This is done to ensure that resources are effectively targeted and allocated.
The report will include:
- the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged students
- an outline of the provision over the previous academic year with an outline of spending plans for the current year
- an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the students receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support
- the impact of Pupil Premium funding on attainment of these groups.
The Governing Body of the school will ensure that there is an annual Stanley Pupil Premium statement to parents and carers on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged students. This statement will be published on the school website in December of each year.