These funds are used in a variety of ways to provide additional support and intervention for all pupils, but with a particular focus on those in receipt of ‘Free School Meals’ (FSM) and ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC).

Pupil Premium Impact Report

COVID 19 Catch Up Premium Plan 2021-2022

A key area where these funds are targeted is to ensure the continued progress and academic achievement for these vulnerable groups. For the 2019-2020 Academic Year, we expect to receive £75,735.

At Friars we have identified a variety of approaches as being appropriate for our pupils:

  • We have highly trained staff to teach intervention groups to improve mathematics and English.
  • We are using achievement data frequently to check whether interventions or techniques were working and made adjustments accordingly, rather than just using the data retrospectively to see if something had worked
  • Making sure that support staff, particularly teaching assistants, were highly trained and understood their role in helping pupils to achieve.
  • Training for staff to ensure that they are systematically focused on providing the best education and positive handling of our pupils.
  • Ensured that class and subject teachers knew which pupils were eligible for the Pupil Premium so that they could take responsibility for accelerating their progress
  • Have a clear policy on spending the Pupil Premium, agreed by governors and publicised on the school website
  • Provided well-targeted support, in the form of our Parent support worker to improve attendance, behaviour or links with families where these were barriers to a pupil’s learning
  • Targeted pupils for social, self esteem ,health and mentoring programme
  • ICT: purchase of iPad, Kindles, laptops: for use at home and school.
  • Individualised timetable/work schedule: personalised learning.
  • Additional TA/HLTA in class to reduce class size during specific lessons.

The strategies used are under constant review for effectiveness and value for money, by the Staff, Head Teacher and Governors.

Letter from Senior School Improvement Manager