Pupil Premium Statement for Hursthead Junior School
The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools, in additional to main school funding. It was introduced by the Government in 2011 as a means to improve outcomes for disadvantaged learners and to narrow the attainment gap. It is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also receive funding for children who are ‘Looked After Children’ or children who have been adopted. It is up to schools to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium, since they are best placed to decide what provision should be made to meet the needs of individual pupils within the school.
At Hursthead Junior School, we ensure that all pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities and a significant amount of our budget is allocated to this. We keep up-to-date with research and case studies documenting best practice surrounding the use of Pupil Premium Funding but have developed our own approach to the allocation of the funding. We do not want interventions to be required to make up for anything less than high quality teaching and continue our relentless drive to maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning for all. We aim to identify and address any gaps as soon as possible. We are constantly evaluating, reviewing and updating the ways in which we are planning for and implementing the funding and measuring the impact of our allocation.
No single intervention serves to provide a complete solution to any individual child’s needs. However, we aim to provide the best opportunities for pupils to succeed. We never assume that children entitled to Pupil Premium funding are low ability children. We offer a range of different, bespoke provisions which meet the individual needs of the entitled children. This provision is rigorously monitored, evaluated and the impact discussed with teachers, parents and children on a half termly basis so that we can be sure that we are making a clear difference to the outcomes for our Pupil Premium children.