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.
Our Service Pupil Premium spending is used to enhance the pastoral support alongside the wider school support strategies (reflecting the guidance from the DfE - (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know))
We have worked to develop strong pastoral support and therefore based on individual needs there is counselling and nurture groups that can be accessed through the school to support progress. In addition, all our year 7 to 9 pupil premium students complete a 6 week programme each year to develop growth mind sets, aspirations, resilience, positive behaviours for learning (such as organisation, seeking help, reading for purpose etc.), enhance independence, collaboration, vocabulary, problem solving and other core skills that will support progress across the curriculum. We have a family Liaison member of staff, who is available to offer support to service students and their families.
As students move into the GCSE courses we will provide revision guides and work books as recommended by the subject leaders and closely monitor the progress of pupil premium students and liaise with heads of department regarding intervention and support. Curriculum trips will be supported through the pupil premium funding and education bursaries such as English theatre trips, Geography field trips etc. Any other resources for subjects e.g. food for cookery and material for textiles we would be able to support through this funding.
Whilst the government data analysis does not break down the service pupil premium students as a separate subgroup last year our analysis showed they achieved a progress 8 score +1.36, this compares favourably to the whole school progress 8 score of +0.03 and therefore we are confident that we are supporting our students to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Under the current restrictions some aspects of our planned pupil premium strategy are not yet being fully implemented due to reduced movement around the school and adjustments to the school day. We will be focussed on supporting our students in returning to school, establishing routines, building confidence and positive relationships and delivering quality first teaching.
As the guidance for schools’ changes, we will continue to review the situation and implement the strategies as outlined whilst being mindful of any emerging needs of our students. We have invested in ensuring there is additional pastoral support and used part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium to continue to fund the year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up programme through the nurture provision.