Main Barriers to Achievement
Whilst we recognise that each child is unique, some of the main barriers to achievement that our pupil premium children face are:
- attendance - for the academic year 2015-2016 the average attendance for pupil premium children was 1.9% lower than non-pupil premium children.
- historic gaps in key knowledge and understanding from the KS1 curriculum.
- the opportunity, support and family structure to complete homework and other important out of school learning activities at home.
- emotional barriers to learning for specific groups of children including issues linked to trauma and attachment.
We aim to tackle these barriers by focusing resources, teaching, support and interventions to accelerate progress and to reduce the attainment gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium children. We will also provide pupil premium children with a high quality learning environment to complete homework and other out of school learning activities, after school and during some holiday times. We will use funding and resources to improve pupil premium attendance and punctuality. Where appropriate we will provide mentoring and counselling to tackle emotional barriers to learning. We will also raise long term aspirations of pupil premium children by funding supra-curricular projects and out of school awe and wonder visits.
School expects to receive approximately £96,360 in pupil premium funding and intends to spend it in the following ways:
- To provide an after-school X-Plus homework club for pupil-premium children.
- To run X-Plus holiday school learning activities for pupil-premium children.
- To provide specialist attachment, trauma or general emotional counselling if required to remove barriers to learning.
- To fund the NIJS Brilliant Club to raise long term aspirations for Pupil Premium Children and encourage them to study at highly selective universities.
- To run in school and after school booster sessions for Y6 pupil premium children to accelerate progress in Maths, Reading, Writing and English Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling.
- To run a summer school to better manage the Y2 – Y3 transition of pupil premium children from New Invention Infant School.
- To fund an educational welfare officer to reduce the in school attendance gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium children.
- To subsidise the cost of overseas residential visits for pupil premium children.
- To employ additional members of staff to provide small group activities and interventions from Y3-Y6.
- To fund Commando Joe to work with pupil premium children one day a week, developing teamwork, resilience, grit and character.
We will measure the impact of our pupil premium spend in the following ways:
- the academic progress of pupil premium children
- the attendance information for pupil premium children
- Commando Joe impact reports - based on pupil and staff survey
The pupil premium strategy will be reviewed at the end of the academic year (July 2017) however the impact of the current strategy is under constant review and changes will be made as and when required to ensure that pupil premium children are able to achieve the highest possible levels of achievement.