What is Pupil Premium funding?
Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals at any time in the last six years (this categorisation changed in 2012). All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used. For more details on the pupil premium, please visit the Department for Education website here.
What does this mean for our school?
At Yardley primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. In order to help our disadvantaged pupils overcome their barriers to learning and be happy and successful, we are guided by the following principles:
We have a whole school ethos of aspiration and attainment for all pupils and encourage all staff to convey positive and optimistic messages to our disadvantaged pupils.
We have high expectations of everyone, from everyone and avoid stereotyping disadvantaged pupils as all facing the same barriers to learning or having less potential to succeed.
We promote the power of positive, growth mindsets in our disadvantaged pupils to help inspire them to see and strive to meet their full potential.
We have an unerring focus on the quality of teaching and learning in order to meet the needs of all our pupils.
We ensure that personalised provision is in place for children who are Pupil Premium-eligible and have their barriers for learning identified and educational needs accurately assessed and met.
We deploy staff effectively to work with pupils who need the most support and training is provided where this is necessary to support pupils' learning.
We have systems in place which carefully monitor, manage and support good behaviour and attendance for all our pupils. If poor attendance is an issue, this is addressed as a priority.
Our teachers and leaders collect, analyse and use data to identify pupils' learning needs and review progress regularly. Underperformance is addressed rapidly through additional support and interventions.
Every effort is made to engage and empower parents and carers in the education and progress of their child.
We believe in creating opportunities for our Pupil Premium-eligible children through extra-curricular activities and additional classroom or school-wide roles and responsibilities to promote a sense of belonging and connectedness in our school.
We aim to instil an enduring passion for learning in all our pupils by providing a strong grounding in English and mathematics and a broad base of skills and knowledge acquired across our rich and varied curriculum.
Statement of intent
At Yardley Primary School, we have strong values that guide the actions of both staff and pupils to provide an education that develops a pupil’s personality, talents and abilities to ensure they are equipped to participate and contribute as a successful member of society. All staff in the school understand that it is our collective responsibility to inspire our pupils and engage them in their learning, set aspirational targets and encourage teamwork and collaboration. Through our ambitious and engaging curriculum, we strongly believe that we can support all pupils, including our most disadvantaged, to make good progress and achieve the best possible outcomes.
As a school, we believe that high-quality teaching is the most important factor in closing the disadvantage attainment gap and sits at the centre of our strategy (as outlined below). We recognise that this focus, and the intended outcomes listed, will also support and sustain progress and attainment made by our non-disadvantaged pupils.
However, to ensure our pupils are ready to learn, it is crucial that we address any social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs they may have. Many of our disadvantaged pupils face specific SEMH barriers and as such, we utilise evidence-based approaches so that these barriers are alleviated and removed.
We understand the need for flexibility in our approach and we are responsive to the needs and challenges faced by our disadvantaged pupils, utilising assessments to support our response. Our strategy and the approaches outlined within it complement each other to ensure the best outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils.
Download and read details of our school's Pupil Premium funding below: