In September 2012 OFSTED announced that the money from the Pupil Premium allocation to schools should be used to fund more effective practices to ensure that achievements of children from socially deprived backgrounds are in line with other children.
At St. Silas, all members of staff and governors accept responsibility for those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs. Every child is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of disadvantage. The school recognises that not all pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium are underachieving, while some pupils may be underachieving and not eligible for Pupil Premium funding. It is school policy to plan, adapt and prepare for any individual, or group, in which any area of under-performance is evident. The school does not use this policy to displace current strategies to intervene and support its pupils. Some pupils may be achieving well, but will be entitled to funding to enhance their future educational aspirations and achievements.
Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following annual needs analyses which will identify priority needs.
The school uses evidence from research and internal evaluation to ensure that the provision provided for Pupil Premium children is cost effective and accelerates progress to enable all pupil premium children to achieve their aspirational levels.
The Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, will produce regular reports for the Governors’ curriculum committee on: –
the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
an outline of the provision
an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support
a detailed report will be issued to the Personnel, Buildings and Finance Committees at the end of each financial year, which will clearly show the Pupil Premium allocation and how it has been spent; this report will be published on the school website.
The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual 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 pupils. This statement will be published on the schools website.
Recently, the school commissioned a Pupil Premium Review by Achievement for All.
The following quotes are taken from the report:
There is a strong focus on children’s needs and interests and this ensures interventions are motivating and engaging for all children.
There is a strong focus on developing teachers and teaching assistants to deliver effective interventions across the school.
Interventions observed in the ‘Secret Den’ were carefully planned, purposeful, targeted and delivered in a highly skilled way so that all children were actively engaged and participate.
The school makes good use of research to inform practice.