In September, 2012, OfSTED announced that the money from the Pupil Premium allocation to schools should be used to fund more effective teaching of children from poor backgrounds to do better, and other initiatives, such as enrichment programmes, extension classes and to pay staff overtime.
At Thompson Primary School we like to consider that it is a place for everyone to succeed and thrive, following our tradition of Every Child Matters and the Achievement for All programme. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.
• We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
• We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
• In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
• We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged, although any group will be made up by a proportion of FSM children.
• Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time. We also need to take into account our spending on SEN, which will have close links with Pupil Premium funding, whilst noting that at Thompson Primary School there is no close relationship between those children in receipt of FSM and those on the SEN budget.
• The range of provision the Governors may consider making for this group could include:
Increasing adult input for a class, thus improving opportunities for effective AfL and accelerating progress;
Providing small group work with an experienced teacher or teaching assistant focused on overcoming gaps in learning;
1-1 support; additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs, before and after-school clubs or external agencies.
• All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Maths.
• Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve their aspirational levels within the National Curriculum.
• Provision will not be aimed at statemented / EHCP children, as this is already covered by our SEN provision.