At Birdwell Primary School, we believe that the highest possible standards can only be achieved by having the highest expectations of all learners. Some pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds require additional support; therefore, we will use all the resources available to help them reach their full potential.
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to receive a challenging, exciting, enjoyable, and relevant curriculum. It is our moral duty to enable every child to be prepared for their next stage of life. Our disadvantaged pupils are specifically targeted to ensure that, not only do they receive the very best quality first teaching they are also targeted further through enhanced provision so that they achieve inline with their peers.
The funding will also be used across a range of different initiatives where it supports the families best in order to secure the best outcomes.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals. Looked After Children and those of Armed Service Personnel are also eligible for this increased funding. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils.
The identified barriers and challenges for our children are:
· Historically disadvantaged pupils do not achieve as well as non-disadvantaged pupils
· Disadvantaged children’s attendance rates are traditionally not as high as their non-disadvantaged peers.
The school leaders will be monitoring the impact of the spending plan throughout the academic year through, good or better quality teaching, termly work scrutiny, pupil progress/moderation challenge meetings, as well as monitoring of attendance and strategies to support with input from the Education Welfare Officer. The impact of the monitoring process is then reported to governors termly via the head teachers report. A yearly impact review of the pupil premium spending plan is carried out.Pupil Premium Strategy