Garden Suburb School's Governing Body recognises its responsibility towards disadvantaged pupils. Governors monitor the use of the Pupil Premium grant and its impact.
The Governing Body endorses the school’s Pupil Premium strategy.
Individual schools receive specific additional funding that is clearly identifiable for pupils who have ever receive free school meals (FSM).
The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the children of service personnel.
In data analysis these pupils are referred to by the Department for Education as disadvantaged pupils.
The purpose of the grant is to support schools in ensuring that disadvantaged children achieve the best progress and attainment and that the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is narrowed.
Schools are accountable to parents/carers and the community on how they spend the Pupil Premium grant and have to publish a yearly Pupil Premium Report to that effect.
It is up to the individual schools to decide on how best to spend this money so it reaches the pupils who need it the most.
At Garden Suburb Junior school we believe that the best way to ensure that disadvantaged children achieve their potential is for the Pupil Premium grant to contribute primarily to quality teaching and learning. We also use the grant as a contribution to specific interventions where necessary and to support children’s social, emotional and Physical wellbeing
Nationally, disadvantaged pupils have been impacted greatly by school closures. As a result we have ensured staff training in early March 2021 focusing on the needs of these pupils based on a three tiered approach:
In order to achieve this, we use the Pupil Premium grant to:
Targeted Academic Support
Providing quality first teaching in the classroom is the best way to support pupils. We focus our training of staff on delivering quality first teaching.
Provide additional support in order to support the needs of all pupils and provide more specific interventions in literacy, numeracy and EAL to children underachieving.
To provide specific interventions out of class when needed.
To ensure best practice in assessment for learning and effective feedback to pupils.
To develop pupils’ engagement in learning.
To provide an Emotional Health and Wellbeing programme in order to provide a bespoke offer for families, groups and individuals.
To provide targeted financial support for extra-curricular activities that enhance wellbeing and learning.
Many of the approaches we use at school are recommended as best practice by the Education Endowment Trust.
Our Annual Pupil Premium reports gives details of how the grant contributes to the above and the impact of spending.