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 (LAC);
- have a parent who serves in the armed forces.
First introduced in April 2011, the level of PPG for 2015-2016 is £1,320 per child from reception to year 6 (£1,900 per Looked After Child). This money is spent to improve the educational attainment of these children, thus improving their life chances. The review of Pupil Premium Funding for 2016-17 details how the additional funding was spent last year and its impact.
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, but especiallyTarget Tree to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Quality learning and teaching provides all children with immediate, appropriate feedback (Cold/Warm/Hot Write, Maths Learning Cycle, Discovery Workshop), 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, SERI, Gold Star Readers, volunteers) is provided for any children not meeting age-related expectations. Reading for pleasure is encouraged and modelled by staff, alongside a weekly ‘Wake Up & Read!’ event before school and a ‘Book Swap’ facility provided for all Key Stage 2 children. Early Years invite ‘mystery readers’ to visit each week.
Additional focussed 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.
High expectations are set for all children, with PPG eligible children being consistently challenged. This is monitored closely by the FSM Champion and senior leadership team. SLT. Progress measures for FSM children can be found here. PPG children’s work is always marked first, their contributions are positively encouraged and they have a raised profile within all aspects of school life. Each key stage 2 child determines their own personal target (displayed on the ‘Target Tree’) which is monitored and assessed termly by the child and Deputy Head.
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 below. It provides a comprehensive overview of our desired outcomes and the action and approaches we are taking to achieve these aims.