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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are deemed to be vulnerable to possible unerachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. 

All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for 'Disadvantaged' pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. Heaton Avenue is committed to 'Narrowing the Gap' between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium forms a vital part of that process. The governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being 'disadvantaged'. 

At Heaton Avenue Primary, we have an increasing number of vulnerable children and families as evident in the amount of Pupil Premium funding that school receives (£104,680 - 2016-2017). Previously showing an upward trend, however, now showing a decline in actual pupil numbers entering school over the last couple of years. There is an online form to complete and we can help any parents/carers who need support with this. 

The Deputy Headteacher is the Pupil Premium Lead for school. There are half termly pupil progress meetings which focus on the needs of children in receipt of PP. Interventions and strategies are discussed in order to accelerate progress and effective ways to use the funding are discussed to best support each individual child. We have used research based evidence such as the Sutton Trust and OFSTED guidance to identify best value for money for PP children and their families.  Using formative and summative assessments including school’s current online assessment tool, these pupils are tracked and individuals identified who are not making good or better progress.

The Pupil Premium Review for 2015-2016 is now complete (£75,240 spend for this period) and through this evaluation process we have prioritised the funding in more effective ways for the next academic year, based on data analysis. Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One made better progress and attained more in line with their peers than those in Key Stage Two (End of Key Stage Two Standardised test results). We are focusing on how to improve outcomes for all pupils throughout school.  The Pupil Premium Plan for 2016-2017 is currently being completed and the funding allocation is shown below.

Pupil Premium Allocation 2016-17