Pupil Premium

What is the purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant?

Pupil premium funding is granted to schools to address underachievement and improve outcomes for disadvantaged (either by circumstances or financial hardship) pupils. We know from national data that this group of pupils underachieves at every stage from 5 to 16 years when compared with other pupils. The aim of this document is to show you how we are spending the grant in ways that will help to ensure that disadvantaged pupils fulfil their potential and do at least as well as their non-disadvantaged peers with similar starting points within the school and nationally.

Disadvantaged pupils fall under 3 categories:

  • Pupils who are in receipt, or have ever been in receipt of, free school meals.

  • Looked after or adopted children.

  • Service children.

If you feel your child may benefit from this grant please contact the school office for assistance in applying.  You will only have to fill out the form once and all claims are treated with confidence.

The Governors and Trustees of The Bishops' C of E Learning Academy have ensured that all monies are spent on the education of the children it was intended. One of the aims of our School Development Plan is to ensure that our disadvantaged pupils make at least good progress throughout each year.

Research (The Sutton Trust, Durham University) suggests that some strategies are more effective than others in ‘closing the gap’ between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils and the school has strived to use these to good effect.

Interventions include:

  • Staff training in best practice, good, quality first mainstream teaching of an engaging and relevant curriculum.

  • Feedback – research shows that good quality verbal or written feedback is most effective in improving outcomes.  (Staff training and marking policy)

  • Early intervention particularly with phonics (RWI)

  • One to one tuition (Teacher or HLTA led)

  • Small ability group highly focused TA/Teacher interventions

  • Collaborative learning

  • Social and emotional learning.

    • Fun Fit groups

    • Socially Speaking groups

    • Purchase of specific resources

    • Pastoral support

Our overall aim is to increase progress and higher attainment plus increased self –esteem, behaviour and participation. Our assessment monitoring and tracking systems allow us to identify any children or groups of children who are not making sufficient progress. Progress for pupils in receipt of intervention is tracked half termly and interventions evaluated and adjusted.