Unlocking your child’s potential – ensuring that everyone learns, achieves and enjoys.
The effective use of the pupil premium grant involves both elements of our mission statement. At Hunslet Moor, all pupils, including the most severely disadvantaged and the highly gifted, are regarded as unique individuals and receive both challenge and support designed to meet their needs.
Background and legal context
The most important factor in predicting a child’s future academic attainment is prior attainment.
The next most important factor is poverty. Material deprivation can influence educational outcomes by reducing the educational resources that families can provide and by adversely affecting the home environment. Deprivation is commonly associated with other factors which can influence children’s outcomes: ill health; family stress; low levels of parental education and parental involvement in their children’s education; low levels of cultural and social capital; and low aspirations.
As a result, there is a wide gap between the attainment of pupils from deprived backgrounds and others at all educational stages. The additional funding provided through the Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011 in order to help schools close this gap. Entitlement to free school meals (FSM) is used as an indicator for deprivation. A fixed amount, which is expected to rise year-on-year while the coalition government is in office, is allocated to schools for each pupil registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, children of service personnel and for the first time this year, children who have been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.
The Department of Education has stated that schools “are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit”. However, as with all public money, schools are required to spend the grant for the purpose that it was intended and will be held accountable through the following:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the annual reports for parents that schools are required to publish online.
- Expectations are high for all pupil groups and individuals. We do not equate deprivation and challenge with low ability.
- Not all pupils who qualify for FSM are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify or are registered for FSM. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils.
- All teaching and learning strategies are designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups. Additional support is integrated into the teaching programme.
- Research, trialling and self-evaluation are used in order to allocate the funding to activities that are most likely to have an impact on achievement.
- In providing support, we will not socially isolate pupils. Therefore, it is likely that all groups receiving additional support will be a mix of FSM and non-FSM pupils.
Roles and responsibilities
- The governing body will approve the overall strategy for deploying pupil premium funding prepared by the Headteacher and presented in the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
- The governing body will hold senior and middle leaders to account for implementing the school’s strategy and for evaluating its impact on the achievement of targeted pupils.
- The Chair of the Resource Committee is the governor designated to ensure that the Pupil Premium grant is used to support eligible pupils within the context of this policy.
- The Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee is the governor designated to evaluate the impact of increased support on the achievement of targeted pupils.
Head teacher and Senior Management
- At Hunslet Moor, the Head teacher retains overall responsibility for leading the Pupil Premium strategy.
- Teachers will produce trajectory targets for reducing the gap between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers over three years matched to the SIP.
- Phase Leaders will produce termly reports for the governing body, showing the progress made by socially disadvantaged pupils and projections for each academic year.
- The Head teacher will have overall responsibility for evaluating the impact of the support programmes.
Subject Leaders are responsible for the progress of all pupils within their subjects and will contribute to reports to the governing body through the Head teacher.
- All staff are expected to have an in-depth knowledge of all the pupils they teach and support, especially pupils with disabilities and special needs and those who qualify for additional funding through the Pupil Premium grant.
- Class and subject leaders are responsible for the progress made by all pupils.
- All staff will give pupils clear feedback that helps them to improve their work.
The implementation of the SIP will be monitored and evaluated against the following success criteria.
- The school will have an effective strategy for supporting Pupil Premium pupils and there will be strong commitment to this strategy by all stakeholders.
- Resources will have been purchased and appointments made so that actions in the SIP are being implemented.
As a result of an effective CPD programme, the skills and expertise of all staff are being enhanced.
- Evaluation through scrutiny of pupils’ work and observations how that a higher proportion of teaching and learning strategies are producing faster progress for all pupils.
- Discussions with pupils and surveys provide evidence of increased confidence and aspirations, greater involvement in learning and better understanding of how to achieve targets.
Successive cohorts will meet their targets and this will result in narrowing the gap between pupils benefitting from Pupil Premium funding and their peers:
- the progress gap – socially disadvantaged pupils will make accelerated progress in comparison with other pupils
- the attainment gap – accelerated progress will result in closing the gap in levels.