We have high expectations and ambitions for our children, believe that no child should be left behind and are determined to ensure that all Bowker Vale pupils are given every chance to realise their full potential.
The pupil premium is a government initiative introduced in 2011 that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The 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. At Bowker Vale Primary School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children.
STATEMENT OF INTENT
At Bowker Vale Primary School our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make good progress and achieve highly across all subject areas. Our school values of Aiming High: Showing Integrity, Being Respectful, Fair, Honest, Proud and Kind and embedded in the work we do.
The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers. We ensure that the pupil premium grant is focused on providing the highest quality education for disadvantaged pupils.
High quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school. Implicit in the intended outcomes detailed below, is the intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers. We are fully aware that our pupil premium strategy must meet the needs of our pupils within our school context, we work alongside our pupils to understand their specific needs and critically evaluate and analyse school attainment, progress, pastoral and attendance data.
We will consider the challenges faced by vulnerable pupils, such as those who have a social worker and young carers. The activity we have outlined in this statement is also intended to support their needs, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not.
Our strategy is integral to wider school plans for education recovery. Links have also been made with our School Improvement Plan and school priorities.
Our approach will be responsive to common challenges and individual needs, rooted in robust diagnostic assessment, not assumptions about the impact of disadvantage. The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils excel. To ensure they are effective we will:
- ensure disadvantaged pupils are challenged in the work that they’re set
- act early to intervene at the point need is identified
- adopt a whole school approach in which all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve
- use researched and evidence based approaches
- provide a range of targeted support activities which have proven impact
- regularly review and reflect upon the impact of our approaches.
The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by Bowker Vale to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible and others by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
The school recognises that not all pupils who are eligible for pupil premium are underachieving, while some pupils may be underachieving and not eligible for pupil premium funding. It is school policy to plan, adapt and prepare for any individual, or group, in which any area of under-performance is evident. The school does not use this policy to displace current strategies to intervene and support its pupils. Some pupils may be achieving well, but will be entitled to funding to enhance their future educational aspirations and achievements.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2020
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU REGISTER FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE (EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE A MEAL) - OUR PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING IS DETERMINED BY THIS.
See our FREE SCHOOL MEAL page for further information
Examples of activities supported by Pupil Premium Funding at Bowker Vale;
Speech and Language Therapist Friendship Group
Lotus Room Peer Support Group
NTP Maths Tuition
Speech and Language Therapist Language Group