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Primary School

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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018

At St Margaret’s Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially. This belief is reflected in our school vision:

We believe that all children have the right to the very best education. Our core values of responsibility, resilience, thoughtfulness, tolerance, confidence and caring underpin the aim we have for all children to continue as lifelong learners. As a school, we continually strive for excellence in all areas; learning from and supporting other schools.

When deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant ('PPG') it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by Pupil Premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and could include; less support at home; social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties. Each child entitled to the PPG is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.

With this in mind, at St Margaret’s we aim to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide a highly personalised programme of support in order to allow each child to reach his/her full potential.

Our key objective in using the PPG is to close and prevent the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to Pupil Premium and those not. Historically pupils at St Margaret’s achieve and attain well, often at levels much higher than those expected nationally. However, there is still a pattern of Pupil Premium pupils doing better than other Pupil Premium pupils nationally but not as well as those who are not entitled to the PPG. We aim to close and even prevent this gap.

We will ensure that:

A high profile is given to Pupil Premium Pupils

All staff are accountable for the progress of Pupil Premium children

There is a teacher who has a special responsibility for

advocating for children receiving pupil premium ,through ensuring pupil voice, working in partnership with parents and being particularly aware of barriers to learning and ways forward.

 

The progress and attainment of all pupils at St Margaret’s is carefully tracked and analysed from a rich field of data in order to draw conclusions and develop action plans. We also make use of a wide range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.

Our funding priorities for 2017-18 fall into 4 key areas:

Learning and the Curriculum

Parents and Families

Social and Emotional Support

Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum

 

Learning and the Curriculum

 

Providing a range of proven teacher and TA led interventions including

  • Fisher Family Trust to develop early reading and writing,
  • 1-1 and small group tutoring to support reading accuracy, reading comprehension
  • 1-1 and small group tutoring to teach skills for writing including grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • 1-1 and small group tutoring to support Maths teaching in class
  • 1-1 able pupil opportunities to ensure opportunity and aspiration

Parents and Families

Family support worker. Safety Net

Time for structured supportive conversations between teachers and families

Monitoring and working to improve attendance and punctuality

Social and Emotional Support

Every child in KS2, who receives pupil premium has a trained mentor who takes a special interest in the well being and progress of their mentee and meets regularly with him/her.

Selected children have Safety Net Individual and small group support.

Selected children have individual social and emotional support .

Enrichment Within and Beyond the Curriculum

Financial support to take part in/attend activities or clubs offered.

Opportunities to develop sporting interests or talents.

Opportunities to develop musical or artistic interests and talents.

Opportunities to develop ICT.

We will review our strategy in July 2018

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