Pupil Premium Strategy
At Highbury Fields School every student is challenged and supported to achieve her very best. We aim high, with the highest aspirations for students. Students work hard and are exceptionally well focused in their learning. The school’s highly supportive environment enables students to flourish and make excellent progress. 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.
Background to Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil Premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period, known as Ever6 FSM. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Highbury Fields we will be using the indicator of those eligible for free school meals as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
Money has been focused on strategies that will benefit students who experience disadvantage and so used to benefit all Pupil Premium pupils.
At Highbury Fields School our high proportions of students with free school meals have meant that our Pupil Premium money has represented a significant proportion of our budget and we have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
Ensuring that spending is directly linked to targeting gaps in attainment;
Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions;
Making sure there is at least good teaching on a day to day basis;
Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which children are focus children.
Money is used to benefit all Pupil Premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.
We have revised our assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to maximise impact.
Since the Pupil Premium funding was introduced we have seen a marked improvement in outcomes for our children. We are not sitting on our laurels but continue in our drive for pupils to do even better by tackling any within school variance, developing the roles of middle leaders and looking for ways to increase learning time. Here are our latest spending plans:
Objectives of Pupil Premium spending
When making decisions about using Pupil Premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for some children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, mental health, 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”. Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium funding is to narrow any 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 is also a national trend. Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress.