Our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers. This is outlined in the school Pupil Premium Policy and reviewed annually at the December full governing body meeting.
We will consider the varying challenges faced by vulnerable pupils, such as those who have a social worker and/ or are young carers. The activity we have outlined in this statement is also intended to support their needs, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not.
High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time benefits the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school.
We have considered research conducted by EEF in order to support our decisions around the usefulness of different strategies and their value for money.
The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils excel. To ensure they are effective we will:
- Ensure disadvantaged pupils are challenged in the work that they are set
- Act early to intervene at the point need is identified
- Adopt a whole school approach in which all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve
Over the past few years the school has consistently used pupil premium funding to establish a core offer that is closing the gap between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and those without. Internal assessments indicate that there is currently no significant difference between the progress of disadvantaged pupils compared to those without. It is therefore the intention that this will be maintained by adopting an approach that consolidates and builds on current pupil premium resources while providing the flexibility and responsiveness to develop new initiatives in response to the changing needs of individual pupils and groups of learners.
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