At Trinity we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.
We believe that one of the biggest barriers for children can be poverty of expectation and so are determined to create a climate that does not limit a child’s potential in any way.
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools to:
raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6).
FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR 2017 – 2018
· £1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil.
· £1,900 for each Looked After Child.
· £300 for each Service Child.
The Department for Education has clear expectations how the Pupil Premium Grant may be spent:
· for the purposes of the school, ie, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school;
· for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies;
· on community facilities, eg, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.
The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year beginning 1 April 2017; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.
PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING AT TRINITY.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school we have an excellent track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress, but historically levels of attainment have been lower for FSM (eligible for free school meals) – this has also been a national trend. Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school. Our results show that our pupil premium children are preforming much more in line and in some cases exceeding within their year groups.
We have analysed our data thoroughly and in addition to this we have identified some key principles which we believe will maximise the impact of our pupil premium spending;
to provide a culture where:
• staff believe in ALL children
• there are “no excuses” made for underperformance
• staff adopt a “solution-focused” approach to overcoming barriers
• staff support children to develop “growth” mindsets towards learning
Trinity aims to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors , professional development and seeks to focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable groups of children through improving the quality of teaching and learning, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
Trinity uses assessment systems, case studies and pupil profiles to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.
Trinity directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of vulnerable groups of children to close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
Trinity ensures class teachers, phase leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the school.
· underachieving pupils are identified.
· ALL staff are aware of who pupil premium and vulnerable children are
· ALL pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming. Underachievement at all levels is targeted (not just lower attaining pupils) and children’s individual needs are considered carefully so that we provide support for those children who could be doing “even better if…..”