Disadvantaged Pupils' Funding (Formerly Pupil Premium)
What is Disadvantaged Pupils' Money?
Additional money is given to schools by the Government to support Disadvantaged Pupils. This money is linked to eligible pupils and given to the school they attend. It is distributed in addition to the school's budget. Decisions for allocation of this money link to deprivation indicators such as Free School Meals.
How do we use our Disadvantaged Pupils' Money?
At Holmes Chapel Primary we strive to meet the individual needs of each pupil. We recognise that some pupils need additional support to achieve their full potential, others need challenge and extension. We tightly track the progress of our disadvantaged children. Based on data analysis and mentor feedback, where we feel a child's progress could be further enhanced by improvements to our quality first teaching approach or via one to one support, we ensure this happens. This is sometimes through staff development, sometimes the allocation of additional adult hours - teacher, teaching assistant or learning mentor and sometimes through additional opportunities or experiences.
How is progress measured?
Teacher assessment, validated by standardised tests and in-house monitoring of children’s work is used to allow senior leaders to track the progress of each child in school. Class teachers meet the headteacher at the end of each term and discuss, within a pupil progress meeting, the progress of their disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) children.
Impact: “The pupil premium funding is used very effectively to support the learning of disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils. As a result, disadvantaged pupils throughout the school are making the same excellent progress as their peers.” OFSTED June 2015. We have maintained the rigour with which we monitor impact and change approaches and interventions when they are not working.
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