Pupil Premium Strategy 2018/2019
This year, we will receive £1300 for each child eligible for pupil premium funding, £300 for services children and £1900 for post looked after children. Our total received for this academic year is: £11,302
The funding was based on the number of children on roll, who were in receipt of free school meals in the last six years (Ever 6) from the local authority in January 2015. We are committed as a school to ensure that this money is spent to significantly impact upon the achievement of pupils. The Russell School is oversubscribed on entry, one form primary school, with a 30 place Nursery and an additional bulge year group, currently in Year 6.
The school serves an affluent community in which only 2.1% of children are eligible for free school meals (Ever 6). The school’s deprivation indicator is 0.02, which is significantly lower than the national average of 0.24.
We have high aspirations for all children in our school community and believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. We seek, as a school community, to provide personalised learning opportunities and targeted support to allow every child to flourish.
As we recognise that not all pupils who are academically or socially disadvantaged are registered for free school meals, we reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or group of pupils, identified by the school as being at a significant disadvantage.
In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of The Russell School will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.
Our priorities at The Russell School are to:
• Close gaps in attainment between groups of pupils. Our strategy is to invest in intervention at the earliest opportunity whenever possible to narrow the gap for those pupils not on track to achieve secondary readiness at the end of KS2.
• Review and build on the positive impact of previous pupil premium spending, further developing and extending earlier provision to meet the identified needs of the pupils through targeted additional support and intervention.
• Sustain positive impact for all pupils through investment in high quality resources, training and learning opportunities.
• Enable pupils eligible for pupil premium funding to access all areas of the curriculum through subsidised trips and activities.
• Use academic research (Sutton Trust report, Carol Dweck, John Hattie etc) to make informed choices about the most suitable interventions to use with our children to ensure we are promoting challenge for all children.
• Ensure early identification of additional needs and promote early intervention programmes.
• Accelerate the progress of more able pupils.
• Ensure that there is extra adult support to facilitate emotional and social development.
Research led by the Sutton Trust and their toolkit continues to inform our decisions on how to allocate pupil premium funding to ensure maximum impact on our disadvantaged pupils.
Barriers to the educational achievement faced by our PPG pupils are varied and are unique to the individuals.
Common barriers to the learning of PPG pupils can be:
• A lower rate of attendance than peers
• Restricted access to extra - curricular activities and music lessons due to financial constraints
• Lack of confidence
• Weak language or communication skills
• Lesser amount of support for learning at home compared to their peers
• Punctuality issues