The Pupil Premium provides additional funding for schools to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students.
East Stour's pupil premium strategy is based on three tiers; high quality teaching targeted academic support and wider strategies, as advocated by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).
1. High quality teaching
Spending on developing high quality teaching includes investment in professional development, training and support for early career teachers, along with recruitment and retention. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is the key ingredient of a successful school and should rightly be a top priority for pupil premium spending.
2. Targeted academic support
Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including on those who are not making good progress, or those who have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pandemic. Considering how classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, such as linking structured small group interventions to classroom teaching and the curriculum, is likely to be an essential ingredient of an effective pupil premium strategy.
3. Wider strategies
Wider strategies relate to the most significant non-academic challenges to success in school, including attendance, behaviour, and social and emotional support, which also may negatively impact upon academic attainment. Given the impact of the pandemic, issues such as securing high levels of attendance may be more prominent for schools as they develop their strategy. While many challenges may be common between schools, it is also likely that the specific features of the community each school serves will affect spending in this category.
Our Pupil Premium strategy plan is strongly linked to our School Improvement Plan with an emphasis on vocabulary development, alongside embedding formative assessment in the classroom to develop our teachers and quality first teaching within the classroom.
We benefit from employing one full time academic learning mentor to support pupils and we have a ‘Whizzkids’ intervention club weekly. We also employ tutors and regularly have ‘mop up’ intervention groups across the school.
Our four FLOS continue to support our families and our strong SEND team of staff ensure specific, timely and effective interventions for our disadvantaged pupils who also have SEND. We address SEMH concerns and behaviour through nurture, personal development and well-being alongside increasing parental engagement to support attendance, attitudes to learning and behaviour in school. We expect all pupils (disadvantaged or not) to engage in all aspects of school life equally, and have access to a range of opportunities and enrichment. We have pupil premium champions across the school- every child needs somebody who believes in them!
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