Pupil Premium Information
The pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential. It supports children in care, defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority. The Service Premium was also introduced for children whose parent(s) are, or have since 2011, served in the armed forces.
At Danesfield, we have a whole school ethos of promoting learning to set high aspirations for all of our children. We pride ourselves in enabling them with skills to reach their full potential, academically and socially. In order to do this, we engage in a range of strategies to ensure challenge at an appropriate level and provide support to overcome barriers to learning. The strategies employed ensure that all disadvantaged pupils, regardless of their ability, are given appropriate support to move them on to their next steps of learning.
When making decisions on how to use our pupil premium funding effectively we have made use of a range of research, most prominently the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit, which analyses the impact and value for money of a variety of interventions.
Effective strategies used include:
- Access to quality first teaching
- Effective deployment of teaching assistants
- Mastery learning
- One to one tuition
- Oral language interventions
- Parental involvement
- Reading comprehension strategies
- Small group tuition
- Social and emotional support
- Access to PiXL, a highly targeted assessment tool that ensures maximum progress and any gaps in learning are quickly identified and filled.
The outcomes for our disadvantaged children are the shared responsibility of everyone in our school, but we have specialist staff employed specifically to support our children including: our Pastoral Support Lead, our Children's Services Co-ordinator, a HLTA to support academic achievement and a TA with specific speech and language qualifications.
The action plan detailing the allocation of the Pupil Premium funding can be found in the strategy document below.