Pupil premium is a source of funding allocated to schools based on the number of pupils who;
- Have been entitled to FSM at any point during the previous 6 years who are still in the school
- Pupils in Local Authority Care
- Children of current armed services personnel
At Park Hall Primary School we are always committed to using the resources made available to us to help achieve the best outcomes for all learners. The school tracks attainment and progress of every child; where any child in the groups above is not meeting expectations then the Pupil Premium Funding is used to provide additional learning opportunities to ensure that the pupils reach their academic potential DFE guidelines state that the money is to be used for "the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school" – it doesn't mean that there is any "entitlement" to the money for any one pupil.
In 2014/2015, the school received £87,800.
The Head Teacher and the Governors use available research to help them to decide how to allocate funding; this identifies which intervention / additional apparatus have the greatest impact upon learning compared to their cost. Based on this research, the following strategies have been adopted by the school;
- Highly qualified and skilled staff to support teaching and personalise learning, removing barriers to learning so that all pupils can achieve aspirational learning targets.
- Assertive Mentoring — 1:1 pupil discussions with Senior Leaders. This ensures that we celebrate success around pupil achievement and attainment and that pupils are fully aware of their next steps for learning. These discussions also raise aspirations and challenge pupils.
- Enrichment opportunities such as theatre visits, school visits and visits to the school to enable the curriculum to be bought to life.
- Interventions led by qualified and trained staff to close gaps in learning and personalise learning for pupils.
- New technologies, such as iPads and kindles to motivate and inspire learners.
- Breakfast Club to provide a good start to the day for pupils, healthy bodies lead to healthy minds.
- Facilitating access to home learning, such as the purchase of Education City software.
- Projects to raise self-esteem and remove barriers to learning.
- Additional extra-curricular activities to meet the needs of learners including gifted and talented pupils.