At St Peter’s School our pupil premium strategy sits at the centre of our whole school strategy and is informed by the current research and literature. Our decision for this model is reinforced by the EEF report which states “The Pupil Premium provides an important focus for prioritising the achievement of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in our education system. When it is most effective, the Pupil Premium will sit at the heart of a whole school effort, with all staff understanding the strategy and their role within it.” (Education Endowment Foundation 2019). Consistently research concludes that quality first teaching has the greatest impact on students’ progress and that this is especially true for disadvantaged students. The guidance outlined in the Education Endowment Foundation report and referenced by the Department for Education (October 2019) suggest that adopting a tiered approach for allocation of pupil premium spending can help balance the need to secure quality first teaching, provide targeted academic support and ensure there are wider strategies that ensure readiness to learn.
https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Pupil_Premium_Guidance_iPDF.pdf (June 2019)
This is implemented at St Peter’s but also takes into account and reflects our context, ensuring that we meet the needs of our students and we are guided by our data analysis and the relationships developed with our students, families, primary feeder schools, staff, other agencies and the wider community.