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).
A key area where these funds are targeted is to ensure the continued progress and academic achievement for these vulnerable groups. 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.