The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to many mainstream school funding, is seen by the Government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to school and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil premium is spent, since they are the best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils in their care.
At Bridge Farm Primary School we support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.
We identify and address barriers to learning faced by individual pupils through:
- everyday teaching practice;
- discussions with pupils;
- parents and agencies involved;
- rigorous regular tracking of pupil attainment and progress, especially in our dedicated, solution-focused pupil progress meetings in which all disadvantaged children (including higher ability PP children) are discussed in detail with senior leaders.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:
- Low parental engagement
- Safeguarding and welfare issues which may lead to Social Services involvement
- Socio-economic disadvantage i.e. poverty
- Housing issues i.e. massive overcrowding, temporary poor quality accommodation
- Poor health and diet, high level of medical needs
- Special educational needs and disabilities.