What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible, or have been eligible, for free school meals (FSMs) and looked after children (LAC). Nationally, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSMs at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSMs.
- All our work supported by the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress and moving children to at least age-related expectations. Initially, this will be in the areas of communication, English and maths.
- The range of provision prioritised for these pupils includes:
- Reducing the sizes of teaching groups thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning and accelerating progress
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1-1 support
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained teaching assistants (TAs), external agencies and extracurricular activities.
- A crucial element of our work, which underpins academic progress, is the emotional support and personal development for vulnerable children
- Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children, receiving FSMs, to achieve L3 (in Year 2) or 5+ (in Year 6)
- Pupil Premium is allocated following a needs analysis, which identifies priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving FSMs will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at any one time.
- Provision for pupils with special educational needs are targeted through a different budget and is, therefore, not a priority for Pupil Premium funding.
Enriching the environment
The pupil premium also goes to support activity beyond the usual classroom timetable; this includes activity that will enrich the student’s whole being and provide further opportunities such as –
- Music instrumental lessons
- Educational and residential visits
- Curriculum weeks with visiting speakers, workshops and performances
- Philosophy for Children (P4C)
- More able extension – a day-a-week school
At Lynch Hill we work closely with parents and carers to ensure we are fully supporting the pupil in every way we can, in a planned and monitored process. This includes using external resources if necessary, such as the support tools below:
- Learning interventions according to need, short- and long-term
- Looked after children – support budget
- Parenting groups
- Community team
- Family Support Adviser
- Additional Educational Psychologist time
- Speech and language team
- Autism unit and sensory room
- Every Child Counts / Numbers Count / 1st Class maths 1:1 tuition
- Phonics scheme
- Key Stage 1 Nurture group
- Peer mentoring
- Learning mentors for emotional support
Extended school support
In addition to the above, we are constantly seeking other ways that we can support our pupils before and after school, such as:
- Increased sports participation through extra-curricular activities
- 2 x Sports coaches
- Holiday clubs
- Breakfast service and morning clubs
- Walk to school supervised route
- Homework clubs
- Booster clubs
- Trips and residential visits