Pupil premium is additional funding received by schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Findings show that children who are eligible for pupil premium funding generally have lower educational attainment than their peers.
Pupil Premium funding (PPG) is available for any pupil who:
- currently, or at any point in the last six years, has been eligible for free school meals (FSM);
- have been looked after continuously by a local authority for more than six months (CLA);
- have a parent who serves in the armed forces
Research (Sutton Trust, Education Endowment Foundation, John Hattie’s Table of Effect Sizes) shows that greatest impact on children’s learning arises from the following:
- Collaborative learning
- Mastery learning
- Early Years Intervention
- Oral language intervention
- Reading comprehension strategies
At Bradshaw Hall staff strive to make the difference to every child. Quality learning and teaching provides all children with immediate, appropriate feedback (Cold/Warm/Hot Write, Maths Learning Cycle, Reading Discovery), a high degree of focussed collaborative learning (learning partners, peer tutoring and assessment) and a mastery approach (children working to achieve specific objectives securely in a range of contexts before progressing to the next step).
Reading comprehension strategies are taught throughout school with specific gaps being addressed and a range of skills being developed from years 2 to 6 (Discovery Workshop). Additional reading support (teachers, teaching assistants, BR@P, Gold Star Readers, volunteers) is provided for any children not meeting age-related expectations.
Additional focused support is provided in Early Years by well trained staff (teacher and teaching assistants) in order to raise attainment and expose children to a wider range of quality experiences at an early age.
The wider curriculum, enrichment and extra-curricular activities at Bradshaw Hall provide children with a wealth of quality opportunities. Pupil premium funding has been used to provide music and singing lessons and purchase musical instruments, as well as funding a wide range of sporting activities and educational trips.
Our pupil premium strategy statement for the current academic year can be found here. It provides a comprehensive overview of our desired outcomes and the action and approaches we are taking to achieve these aims.