Pupil Premium funding is made available to schools to enable them to provide additional support and resourcing in order to narrow the social and educational gaps of all children. Funding is identified by the number of children which have been entitled to free school meals at any time within the last 6 years and children who are in care, adopted from care or have a parent in the armed forces.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities at Dudley 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.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that children who are entitled to pupil premium funding will receive additional support when this need is identified.
The range of provision the Governors consider making this group could include:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning. This may include English or Maths support.
- One to one teaching support.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained Teaching Assistants or external agencies. This may include English & Maths interventions, Speech & Language Support, support for sensory or physical needs, fine & gross motor skills development and social & emotional skills development.
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. All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations.
It will be the responsibility of the Principal and Inclusion Leader (Pupil Premium Champion) to:
- produce regular reports for the Local Board
- track the progress made towards narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils
- assess the impact of support through full consideration of all data
- evaluate the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.
The Local Board members of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement provided to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This will appear on our school website.