Garden Suburb Schools 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.
The Pupil Premium Grant is an initiative which was introduced in April 2011. Individual schools receive specific additional funding that is clearly identifiable for pupils who receive free school meals (FSM). The amount allocated depends on the number of FSM pupils the school has. As from 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point over the last 6 years.
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
In order to achieve this, we use the Pupil Premium grant to:
Provide additional teacher support in all year groups 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.
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.