Pupil Premium

Pyrcroft Grange Pupil Premium Funding Report

At Pyrcroft Grange School we have the very highest expectations of, and aspirations for, all our pupils. Our Governing Body share our belief that every pupil should have equal opportunities to achieve the best possible life chances, and where no child gets left behind.

We share the drive to ensure that every pupil is given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

We make every effort to ensure that disadvantaged pupils receive outstanding support and believe that our core business is to ensure all of our pupils make outstanding progress as a result of outstanding teaching. The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) to all schools based on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and the number of children who are looked‐after (CLA) and the aim of PPF is to support schools in raising the achievement of the most disadvantaged pupils.

In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged

As a school, we recognise that it is not the funding itself that will improve achievement and attainment, but how it is used. The Department for Education (DfE) expects us to use PPF appropriately and to be accountable for the decisions we make. We also know that Ofsted consider the active involvement of governors as one of the characteristics of schools that are successfully using their PPF to improve achievement and that successful schools; “ ..thoroughly involve governors in the decision‐making and evaluation process”.

At Pyrcroft Grange, through effective and rigorous planning, monitoring and controls, governors ensure the efficient management of PPF and this leads to the effective deployment of staff and resources to the benefit of all groups of pupils. We have been asked whether PPF should be used exclusively for pupils on FSM and we believe that it is difficult to spend PPF on the improvement of teaching and learning without the benefits impacting on other pupils. Equally, it is morally difficult to exclude a child who is not on FSM from accessing any initiatives if they could clearly benefit from them. However, we are also clear in the way that interventions are targeted to ensure FSM pupils benefit from PPF.

In our latest Ofsted report (December 2016) it was recorded:

“Leaders ensure that the pupil premium is used to provide effective support for targeted pupils in lessons.”

“Disadvantaged pupils excel in this school and attain standards regularly in excess of other pupils nationally.”

Click here for DAP table 2018-2019Please click on the links below for the summary of PPF expenditure and interventions at Pyrcroft Grange School. 

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