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Birkby Junior School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps in achievement.  We recognise that all children, regardless of background, should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to achieve their full potential.

What is the Pupil Premium?

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a government initiative which provides additional funding to schools each year to help schools close the attainment gap between children from disadvantaged families and their peers.  The purpose of the extra funding, is to provide additional resources from outside the school’s budget to accelerate progress and raise attainment. It is the school’s decision as to how the Pupil Premium is spent, as schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium.

How much additional funding is provided?

In 2018/19 the funding allocated is £1320 per child of Primary School age, and £1900 for Looked After Children.

Who is targeted by the Pupil Premium?

Children who are deemed to be ‘disadvantaged’ - eligible or have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or have been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After).

A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.

What do we do at Birkby Junior School?

All pupils are entitled to the very best curriculum and learning opportunities, whatever their level of ability, so we ensure that our disadvantaged pupils receive help when they find learning difficult but are also offered challenges in areas where they excel. We also ensure they have the very best resources and enrichment opportunities, through visits to places of interest and participation in community events. Pupil Premium spending is reviewed in an ongoing way as each year progresses in light of regular evaluations. Future priorities are made in response to new research as well as the school’s self-evaluation processes.

We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress.

Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact. This includes, an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium and a coordinated senior leadership approach to implementing plans. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors’ Standards and Effectiveness sub-committee, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.

This additional funding is provided by the Government, because research suggests that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers.  The Government recognise that often, children who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges, such as: poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.

 

September 2018:

Total number of pupils of roll at Birkby Junior School = 538

Total number of pupils eligible for the pupil premium grant =  204

% of pupils eligible for the pupil premium grant =  38%

Main barriers faced by eligible pupils at Birkby Junior School:

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face at Birkby Junior School are complex and varied – there is no single difficulty faced by all. It is also important to remember that Pupil Premium children are not necessarily under achievers and many of our pupils facing disadvantage narrowly fail to qualify for the Pupil Premium.

At Birkby Junior School, we have identified the following as possible barriers to educational achievement for some of the pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium:

  • Some disadvantaged learners are in the early stages of English Language acquisition and have only started formal education on entry to our school, often mid-key stage.
  • A high proportion of our disadvantaged pupils speak English as an additional language which impacts particularly on our children’s understanding of more complex vocabulary and academic language
  • 18% of our disadvantaged pupils have SEN compared with 10% of the whole school
  • Some of our pupils have limited access at home to a wide range of reading materials
  • Lack of educational experiences for some of our Pupil Premium children, such as trips, music lessons and participation in physical activities, outside of school
  •  Parental engagement with school to support their children’s learning - our parents are supportive of school but some find it difficult to support their children’s learning
  • Social and emotional conditions, requiring support, nurture and family support and counseling.
  • In-year admissions within our school is high. Some of these children are Pupil Premium.  To date, this academic year, 48% of in year admissions have been Pupil Premium children.   Children take time to settle to new routines and a new environment and have often not benefitted from the quality of teaching and interventions we offer during the full academic year.
  • Some disadvantaged pupils have low self-esteem and do not have enough belief in their ability as a learner.

 

2018/ 2019 Pupil Premium Strategy

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