Statement in Regard to Pupil Premium Funding
All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for our pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs. This is an essential, integral part of the development of the whole school community.
The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their full potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil who have been eligible for Free School meals in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continually for six months and a smaller amount for children of services personnel.
This fixed amount of money will increase every year of the course of this current Parliament.
At Castleview School, we used the PPG to overcome the main barriers to learning. We will effectively use the Pupil Premium Grant to accelerate progress and ensure children meet at least age expected levels, if not exceed them. We aim to narrow the attainment gap between those children who receive the grant and those that do not. We will achieve this by:
- Providing individual, small group and additional support in English and Maths
- Supporting children in developing their emotional resilience, motivation and attitude to learning
- Increasing the wider opportunities that pupil premium children receive to enable them to fully participate in all aspects of school life.
Summary of last year's aims and outcome 2019/2020
|Quality of teaching for all.||All children receive teaching which is good or better.||Learning walks, observations, planning and internal data showed quality teaching and education which was good or better across the school. Due to Covid-related school closure, internal data has been used, rather than end of key stage national assessments.|
|Quality of teaching for all.||All children eligible for PP receive additional 1:1 support each week from their teacher and specialist teachers, in some cases.||PP received a great deal of support and made progress – evident in children’s books from September to March, and attitude to learning and confidence levels. No end of year assessment data available.|
|Targeted support||Youngest children eligible for PP speak in full sentences (ideally in English as and when appropriate).||Pupils eligible for PP received additional support throughout adult-led and child initiated activities. Sentences were modelled by all staff and staff ensured pupils formed friendships with their peers to support social skills and use of English. Internal data for September to March.|
|Targeted support||PP children have access to specialist ELSA support and other specialist services/teachers as necessary. Parents feel supported and actively work with the school.||Pupils eligible for PP received ELSA support where appropriate and teachers and members of SLT provided support for families throughout the year, especially during the National Lockdown.|
|Other approaches||Children benefit from the extra-curricular activities and curriculum enrichment available.||Children benefited from extra-curricular activities until March when school closed for most pupils. PP children were invited into school throughout lockdown, with more taking places available from June 1st.|