Pupil Premium funding is additional money that is provided to schools to support children who have received Free School Meals at any point in the past six years or if a child is adopted, Looked After or whose parents are in the Services.
The money is used to make sure these children do the very best that they can at school and have the best quality education and opportunities.
At Heybrook, our strategy is underpinned by the following principles:
- - “Good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils” (EEF Guide to The Pupil Premium). We recognise that investing in teachers at all levels and improving the quality of teaching is key to improving outcomes for all children, and particularly Disadvantaged children. This belief sits at the heart of our whole school improvement plan and our Pupil Premium strategy.
- - Disadvantaged pupils at Heybrook are not a homogeneous group. Although 92% of our disadvantaged pupils are EAL, within this group are varying levels of proficiency in English, many different backgrounds and certainly different levels of attainment. We also recognise that our LAC pupils require something different and extra as well as our Disadvantaged children who have special needs (10%). Most importantly, we do not conflate disadvantage and low attainment.
- - We recognise that the challenges faced by Disadvantaged children in 2020-2021 are unique and that lockdown has affected some of these children significantly and in a different way to what we have encountered before.
- - Pupil premium allocation for the 2020-2021 year is £246,135
Below is our Pupil Premium Strategy which outlines how we intend to spend the money this year, how we will measure the impact and when we will review it to make sure we are making the best use of it.