The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM student, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At Loxford School:
- 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.
- 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.
The amount of Pupil Premium allocated during the Academic year 2013/14 was £881K.
The range of provision the school delivered was:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
- 1:1 support.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs or external agencies.
- Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics.
- All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children beyond age related expectations.
- Pupil premium resources were also used to target able children on FSM to achieve L3 at the end of KS1 and gain GCSE and A level results above their prior attainment targets.
- To provide financial support for individual students to take part in offsite enrichment activities, allowing them to benefit from experiences they may not normally have been able to afford and to participate alongside their peers.
- Creating additional sets in all year groups in English Maths and Science.
- Homework clubs before and after school.
- To provide holiday revision sessions to help raise the achievement of groups vulnerable to low achievement, especially those in receipt of free schools meals
- Creation of smaller teaching groups for reading recovery.
- Funding an intensive programme for the teaching of Phonics with small intervention groups.
- Funding an intensive programme for the teaching of English with small intervention group.
- Year Care Team (Pastoral Leaders) to support individual children to improve well being, self image and self esteem and ensure excellent partnership with school and home.