The government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is given to schools by the government as a way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
At Warton, our Pupil Premium spending is approved by the Head Teacher and the Local Academy Board, who then monitor its impact to ensure that it is spent effectively.
Miss Friend, Head Teacher, is the pupil premium champion for the school and she is supported by Mrs Dormand who supports our Looked After Children and our Pupil Premium Governor. Together they work with the SLT, governors, staff, children and parents to ensure that our children receive the best from Warton.
19% of the school are entitled to pupil premium funding
14% are currently eligible for Free School Meals
4% are currently looked after or post adopted
PP progress and attainment is the responsibility of the whole team. The SLT, class teachers and teaching assistants all work hard to meet the needs of the whole child as well as accelerate progress and target gaps.
Pupil Premium Strategy
Every year we will publish a strategy which outlines the impact of the money spent in the previous year as well as our plans for the year ahead. Please click on the link below to access this years strategy document.
Applying for Free School Meals
Barriers to Learning
We believe that the needs of every pupil differ and this is equally true of Pupil Premium children. However, when we look at an individual child, the following barriers will be considered and if it is felt that they are a barrier for an individual, we look for strategies to overcome or diminish the barrier.
Barriers to learning may include:
- – lower attendance and increased number of broken weeks
- – lack of funding to access clubs, trips and residential camps
- – lack of parental engagement and support for home learning
- – poor communication and language skills
- – low attainment or progress within reading, writing and maths
- – low self esteem or ‘feeling different’
- – ensuring pupils have regular meals and a balanced diet
- – need for motivation and lack of aspiration
Measuring the Impact
To ensure that the funding is effectively used, we monitor and review the impact of the strategies on a regular basis. The Pupil Premium spending and impact report breaks this down further for each academic year. We aim that every measure includes pupil, staff or parent voice.
Some of the methods that we use to measure the impact include:
- termly pupil progress meetings with every teacher to discuss the progress and barriers of every child
- staff training opportunities as a whole staff and for SLT
- analysing data for progress and attainment
- speaking with pupils about their learning
- meeting with parents to look at how the support has helped their child
- monitoring attendance and broken weeks
- TA intervention analysis at the end of each term