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The Staff and Governors of The Mawney Foundation School have a shared vision, which outlines our commitment to ensuring that the needs of all our pupils are met to enable them to achieve the highest possible goals.
We recognise that the pupil premium funding is allocated to children who have been entitled to free school meals during the past 6 years, have been adopted or in care or service children. It is a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and in particular, in closing any gaps in attainment. In making appropriate provision for this we acknowledge that not all pupils in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for free school meals.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. The Governors and Head teacher reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has identified as needing additional support to achieve improved outcomes in learning and/or well-being.
We are committed to maintaining the highest standards and ensuring that our pupils reach their full potential. We offer a wide range of provision aimed at enabling all learners to enjoy and thrive in learning and therefore achieve their best. All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at a minimum age related expectation and beyond. The focus for this will be in reading, writing and maths. However this will be achieved through a broad curriculum shaped by agreed priorities. A high emphasis will also be given to developing learning skills and confidence.
The range of provision the school may consider making for this group could include:
- Providing small group work with a teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1:1 support
- additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through Teaching Assistants or other staff members
- Extended school provision including after school tuition and residential trips
- Providing homework resources
- Access to clubs or after school provision
Access to Provision
Pupil Premium Funding will be used to support the learning needs of identified children who need extra support and to improve the general provision for all pupils – eg Pastoral Team, Speech and Communication Team
At pupil progress meetings, which take place at least once a term, the Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher and the teachers monitor the attainment and progress of all pupils and decide which pupils need additional provision and what this provision will be.
When considering the deployment and funding of additional support through pupil premium and other school budget monies, we consider any barriers to learning for each child and try to address or reduce these. This will include their ability to access the learning, interventions to support specific needs or pastoral needs.
Where it is considered that there is a need for alternative provision from external providers that complements the school’s offer, the Head teacher will agree this following discussion and advice from colleagues and other relevant sources.
Monitoring and Evaluating Provision
Once decided, additional provision is monitored and adaptations are made as necessary. The overall effectiveness and impact is evaluated termly usually through pupil progress meetings. The impact of interventions is monitored by the Head teacher, Deputy Head teacher, Assistant Head teacher and the Literacy and Numeracy Subject Leaders.
In evaluating effectiveness, a range of evidence is used including:
- attainment and progress outcomes
- feedback from staff, the child, parents and other professionals who may be involved
- anecdotal evidence relating to improved confidence, well-being, attitude, behaviour etc.
- The governors’ School Curriculum Committee will have a monitoring oversight of the use of Pupil Premium Funding and its impact.
The Head teacher will report regularly on how the pupil premium is spent and the impact of that provision to the School Curriculum Committee. The committee will monitor data on Pupil Premium children using school produced data, as well as data supplied through Fisher Family Trust, Local Authority Data Packs and Raiseonline. Pupil Premium updates will also be included in the termly Head teacher’s Report to Governors.
The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of raising attainment for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education and published on the school website. Parents/carers will be informed when this has been done via the school’s Newsletter.
Appeals & Complaints
Any complaint regarding the deployment of Pupil Premium Funding will be considered through the school’s complaint procedure.
This policy below will be reviewed at least every 3 years as part of the school’s cycle, sooner in the case of new information, changes and/or legislation.
Last reviewed October 2019
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