Pupil Premium Statement
The Pupil Premium is an amount of money the government allocates to each school, to support all pupils to reach their potential. It is particularly aimed at pupils coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may also be in receipt of free school meals.
In 2020-21 we will be focusing the money on ensuring that our disadvantaged children continue to get the best possible opportunities. See below for our strategy for 20-21.
As a school we are committed to 'diminishing the differences' between vulnerable pupils and the Pupil Premium forms a vital part of that process. Kensington Primary approaches the Pupil Premium through the following principles:
- Ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils;
- Ensuring that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, including ensuring the needs of socially disadvantaged are adequately assessed and addressed;
- Recognising that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged, as well as that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals;
- Allocating the funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged; and
- Allocating the funding following a 'needs analysis' to identify priority class, groups or individuals.
Vulnerable pupils and groups of pupils are identified through Step Back and Reflect meetings, Vulnerable Children Meetings (VCMs) and our ongoing self-assessment and reflection process.
The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision. All our work through the Pupil Premium is aimed at accelerating progress and moving children closer to their potential.
Previously, we have used the Pupil Premium funding for a range of interventions and support services, including:
- Opportunities for teachers to meet with their children and discuss their learning each half-term (pupil conferencing)
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning, in English and maths
- Additional teacher support and smaller teaching groups for English and maths
- Small group catch up and pre-learning support throughout the school
- After school support for Year 6 pupils
- 1:1 support for those who need additional support in phonics (RML) or maths
- Art nurture groups to develop self-esteem and confidence
- Our in-house Rise and Shine programme aimed at rapidly accelerating progress for mid-phase admissions with little or no English
- Additional learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies
- Speech and language support
- Speech Bubbles (in partnership with UEL) to support children with communication difficulties and aid the transition from EYFS to Y1
- Place2be counselling support for the emotional, behavioural and mental well-being of pupils
- Drama classes to support and raise self-esteem and confidence
- Supporting children and families to access Breakfast Club or school residentials.
It is the responsibility of the Assistant Headteacher to produce termly reports for the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, and Local Advisory Board (LAB) covering:
- The effects of the expenditure on eligible and other groups made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
- An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
The LAB will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to overcome the issue of ‘diminishing the differences’ for vulnerable pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.
- Any questions or appeals against this spending policy will be directed through the School Concerns and Complaints procedure.