This strategy is designed to enhance the progress made in narrowing the gap, by Year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2012. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012 – 2013 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as Ever 6 Free School Meals Measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.
Saint Aidan’s employs strategies, validated by research, that support pupils to improve their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools are accountable for narrowing the gap, and school performance tables include measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers. The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) provides funding for two policies:
- Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
- Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed force
- Provide additional educational support to raise the achievement of our pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium.
- Narrow the gap between the educational achievement of these pupils and their peers.
- Address underlying inequalities, as far as possible, between these pupils and others.
- Ensure that the Pupil Premium funds reach the pupils who need them most.
- Make a significant impact on the education and lives of these pupils.
- Work in partnership with the parents of pupils to collectively ensure their success.
- To annually conduct a whole school audit to assess the impact educationally as well as effects on wider development of pupils.
- To have a whole-school approach when addressing the ‘attainment’ gap experienced by these pupils.
- To use the Education Endowment Foundations Teaching Toolkit when assessing cost effectiveness of pupil premium spending.
Priorities For The Improvement of Disadvantaged Pupils
Our intent at Saint Aidan’s is to enrich the lives of all our students, no matter their background or prior attainment. To that end, we aim to both raise achievement of all our learners, as well as ensuring that we close the gap between our student groups. At Saint Aidan’s, we have a lower than national average number of students with Pupil Premium funding. However, we still need to meet their needs through high quality universal provision. Our model to achieve success with these students is therefore as follows:
(A) Improve the progress of disadvantaged students through high quality teaching and learning.
- Ensuring the targets that have been set for disadvantaged students at Saint Aidan’s are both achievable and aspirational
- Ensure PP students are represented in all groupings.
- Ensure all staff are using data when planning for disadvantaged students
- Develop whole school teaching and learning strategies to promote the progress of disadvantaged pupils.
- Ensure there is a constant cycle of assessment, feedback and improvement for disadvantaged pupils and that this is planned for in lessons.
- Support parents and students in effectively using Synergy.
- Focus on the teaching and learning disadvantaged students are receiving at the Saint Aidan’s and put strategies in place to promote progress and engagement
- Support the teaching and learning department to ensure the quality of teaching within the school is consistently good.
(B) Effectively use data tracking points based on high quality assessment to identify PP students that a not making the required progress and target these students for interventions.
- Ensure all faculties have in place quality assessments that result in accurate data tracking and provide information regarding gaps in knowledge.
- Create an effective accountability cycle in which the progress of all disadvantaged students especially boys is discussed by all staff
- Use accurate data to target disadvantaged students for high quality small group interventions that rotate to ensure disadvantaged students receive support in all their subjects.
- Monitor the effectiveness and quality of the interventions that disadvantaged pupils receive through data tracking.
- Monitoring the progress of all PP students in terms of achievement, progress, behaviour and attendance after each tracking point.
- Implement a coaching system using data tracking points to promote the academic progress, motivation and positive behaviour of disadvantaged students.
- Share all findings with all relevant parties including governors and parents.
(C) Improve engagement with disadvantaged parents in the community.
- Focus on getting difficult to reach disadvantaged parents into school through phone calls and parents’ evenings.
- Continue to monitor the work of the attendance officer regarding disadvantaged pupils.
- Use academic mentoring to promote parental engagement.
- Effectively using Synergy to promote the learning of disadvantaged pupils at home.
(D) Ensure all PP students have a wide range of extra-curricular activities available to them to support progress and enrich their education and raise aspirations.
- Develop an enriching curriculum.
- Provide a wide range of extracurricular activities for disadvantaged students to engage with.
- Ensure all disadvantaged students are supported and prioritised in the decision making of their extracurricular activities.
- Provide disadvantaged students with the opportunities to visit/meet with higher education establishments as well as work experience.
- Provide disadvantaged students with opportunities to experience enriching activities
- All disadvantaged students to meet with the career adviser at some point during KS4