The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
Pupil Premium at Howbridge Infant School
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At Howbridge Infant School we have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children. We will ensure that pupils with additional funding are treated equally and as favourably as others to address the challenges they face. As a result of the additional funding, these children will make better progress and achieve higher standards than would have been likely without it.
Objectives for the Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
The funding will be used to decrease the gap between the attainment of these pupils and their peers.
As far as its powers allow, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the school’s own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
Pupil Premium Spending
Our pupil premium funding has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s progress and attainment.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the school aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
Targeted support is provided due to the funding being used to employ an additional teacher. This enables class teachers to work directly with small groups to specifically cater for the needs of these pupils. The timetable also ensures additional daily practice of key skills including reading and maths and weekly input linked to speech and language. High levels of TA support also enable children to work both 1:1 and in small groups on a variety of interventions, including additional phonics, maths and reading support.
In addition to the academic support, interventions are in place to ensure a more holistic approach. 1:1 play therapy and small social group activities help improve needs linked to emotional and behavioural development.
Increasing parental engagement and support for families is also a focus of the school. A range of learning opportunities are provided so that parents have the skills to support their child with learning at home, for example, parents courses, workshops and celebration sessions.