The Pupil Premium is allocated to school through an assessment of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, as well as those children who have been in Looked After care continuously for more than six months and children who have a parent serving in the armed forces.
It was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on the January school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals and those who are Looked After from Reception age to Year 11.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, the funding is intended to effect pupils from low-income families and disadvantaged pupil groups, with an emphasis on raising attainment. The purpose of the Pupil Premium funding is to close the gap between those children on free school meals and those who are not. Disadvantage has always been equated with a reduced likelihood to succeed.
Main Barriers to Achievement
The majority of our pupils come from the neighbourhood area. Approximately 74% of pupils come from within the vicinity of Boldon Colliery. However, the vast majority of the remaining children come from neighbouring Jarrow. Both of these localities have large areas of deprivation. The majority of the pupils attending from the Jarrow area live in the bottom 20% of deprived areas whereas a significant proportion of the pupils attending from the Boldon area live in the bottom 20% and 10% of deprived areas.
According to the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 up to 51% of the school population lives in the 20% most deprived areas. This varies across the year groups with a variation range of 27-51% signifying a higher degree of poverty than the FSM claimants suggest.
Children eligible for the pupil premium grant may face a range of barriers to learning, including emotional, behavioural and social challenges, low self-esteem and low aspirations. As with other children some may have general learning difficulties such as dyslexia, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These may impact on the pupils learning and school life in general. They will therefore, require different levels of intervention and support. This targeted intervention is put into place in order to diminish the difference in attainment and progress of disadvantaged children.
Hedworth Lane is a place of learning and of caring and we see it as part of our mission to do what we can to redress this inequality. At Hedworth Lane School the Pupil Premium funding is focused on supporting this through raising both attainment and aspiration and to address the inequality of opportunity.
The Pupil Premium Provision
This may include:
- Achievement and Progress work including the use of additional intervention work to accelerate progress for targeted groups or individuals.
- Learning support to enable children to fully access learning and accelerate progress where there are special educational learning needs
- Pastoral Work undertaken to raise self-esteem, provide emotional resilience and extend personal skills.
- Out of Hours and Enrichment to ensure that children are given a full opportunity to develop talents in sport and creativity and extending experiences for all children.
Measuring the Effect
We will measure the impact and effect in several ways.
- We will always look towards removing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils. We will measure our success in how well we close that gap.
- Disadvantaged pupils nationally are less likely to achieve higher educational outcomes and go onto further and higher education. We will measure how successful our most able disadvantaged pupils achieve.
- Disadvantaged pupils nationally are less likely to have good attendance at school. We will measure our success in how well our pupils attend school.
- We will raise the aspirations of our most disadvantaged pupils and ensure equality of access to the curriculum. We will measure our success in how well our disadvantaged measure their time at Hedworth Lane School.
We will continuously measure the attainment, progress, attendance and access to the curriculum. We will use the Keys Stage data available to us to make judgements. This process will begin towards the end of the academic year and complete within the Autumn Term once DfE data is fully available to us.
To see our Pupil Premium Plan which outlines how we will spend the pupil premium to overcome those barriers and the reasons for our approach please click here.
To see the effect of the Pupil Premium please click here.