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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 'Diminshing the Difference' 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'. 

Pupil Premium funding that school receives (£100,740 for 2017-2018). The amount of funding previously showed an upward trend, however, is now showing a  small 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. 

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 2016-2017 is now complete (£104,680 spend for this period) and through this evaluation process we have prioritised the funding for the next academic year, based on data analysis and impact of interventions on outcomes.

Recent Ofsted  (July 2017) commented that -

Disadvantaged pupils are making faster progress in reading, writing and mathematics. This is beginning to diminish the difference between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally more quickly. 

Leaders’ careful tracking of individual pupils ensures that funding for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is targeted appropriately. Progress for these groups of pupils has quickened as a result. 

Leaders use pupil premium funding to enable vulnerable pupils to attend breakfast club. This has helped vulnerable pupils to be punctual and more able to start the school day in a settled and positive way.

Leaders have used pupil premium funding effectively. Disadvantaged pupils are making more rapid progress throughout the school in reading, writing and mathematics this year. The faster progress made by these pupils, in Year 6 in particular, is helping to more quickly diminish the difference between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally. Leaders acknowledge the need to continue this improvement even further.

Areas to develop - continuing to diminish the difference between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and that of other pupils nationally, more quickly

More robust analysis of information about attendance so that attendance improves and persistent absence reduces for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

The Pupil Premium Plan for 2017-2018 is currently being completed and the funding allocation will be shown below.

Pupil Premium Allocation 2017-18

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