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:
When making decisions about using Pupil Premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. This alongside research conducted by the EEF. Common barriers to learning for disadvantaged children can be: less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all”.
Through our senior and middle leadership structure, we will ensure that all teaching staff are involved in the analysis of data and identification of pupils, so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school.
Air Balloon Hill Primary School is a community school located in East Bristol. It is 4 form entry school from R- Year 6 with the exception of year 3 which is 3 form entry. The following information is taken from Ofsted’s Primary Inspection Data Summary Report:
Ethnicity Guidance ■ This school has 15 out of 17 possible ethnic groups. The top 5 representing 5% or more are: – 64%: White – British – 8%: Black or Black British – African – 6%: White – Any other White background – 5%: Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
Local area Guidance ■ The school location deprivation indicator was in quintile 3 (average) of all schools.
■ The pupil base is in quintile 4 (more deprived) of all schools in terms of deprivation.
Achieving These Objectives
The range of provision the Governors consider making for this group include and would not be limited to:
This list is not exhaustive and will change according to the needs and support our socially disadvantaged pupils require.
To read our full Pupil Premium Strategy, please click here: Pupil Premium Statement 21-22