The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The categories of pupil who attract this funding are:
At Air Balloon Hill Primary we fully support the Closing the Gap agenda and creatively use Pupil Premium funding to support progress and attainment of disadvantaged learners, helping every child to be the best they can be. As a school, we continue to strive to provide children with the highest standard of Quality First Teaching, which benefits not only disadvantaged pupils but all pupils and will therefore continue to provide high quality CPD to all members of staff. This will also contribute to our whole school improvement and benefit all pupils including those who are not eligible for pupil premium funding and support our continuous drive to raise standards. This is supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required.
The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.
Academic achievement is high on our agenda and we use evidenced based intervention to target these learners. We are guided by the information provided by the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation, who report on the cost and effectiveness of different styles of support. However, at Air Balloon Hill Primary we do not underestimate the importance of self-esteem and aspiration. As a result of this we have invested in the creation of a Nurture Team to ensure pupils have the emotional tools to be ‘settled to learn’.
To read our full Pupil Premium Strategy, please click here: Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20