The pupil premium funding is allocated to the school to support strategies to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils:
Pupil premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children on-roll who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. A smaller amount is allocated according to the number of children of service families and there is an allocation for each child who has been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. These monies aim to ensure that pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
At Goodleigh C of E Primary School our education focuses on the development of the whole child and integrates academic learning with artistic and outdoor activities. We recognise the unique contribution that each child brings to their learning and use targeted additional support strategies to support every child to be able to:
We are committed to ensuring that pupils in receipt of pupil premium are not stigmatised or isolated in any way. We do identify these pupils in our progress tracking system which enables us to monitor their progress and to intervene where appropriate.
Pupil premium funding is used in the following ways:
1. Curricular support
To employ Teaching Assistants to allow more focus on areas of targeted support for individual pupils where we feel the greatest benefit can be achieved.
A range of interventions specifically for pupil premium pupils where appropriate, including: speech and language, confidence boosting, music lessons, provision of specialist equipment (such as a laptop) and additional pastoral support from relevant professionals where we are unable provide this in school.
2. Extracurricular support
Educational visits and other extracurricular activities are an indispensable part of the learning experience and enrich a pupil’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. Our Governing Body has agreed within its Charging and Remissions Policy to allow parents with a child within receipt of pupil premium to have the costs of residential trips covered.
A significant amount of our pupil premium allocation is spent on our Teaching Assistants and we continue to review whether we are using this resource to its full potential.
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