All our work funded by the Pupil Premium is aimed at accelerating progress so that the vast majority of children leave Dedham C of E Primary at, or above, the national average. We also aim for every child to make progress that is good or better from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.
Schools receive Pupil Premium funding based on the number of pupils who meet the follow criteria:
- Looked-after and previously looked-after children.
- Children from low-income families who are currently eligible for free school meals.
- Children who have claimed free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Service Premium is not part of the Pupil Premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different. Pupils will be eligible for the Service Premium if they have a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces.
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
This funding is used to help with pastoral support.
Within the school, the Pupil Premium funding is formally allocated and reviewed annually by the Pupil Premium Champion. The impact of the spending can be found in the updated strategy on the website. The Pupil Premium Champion works closely with staff to monitor the progress of children in receipt of the funding and analyse the impact of the funding.
How funding is allocated, will be decided based on the barriers which have been identified. We recognise that pupils’ academic achievement is strongly linked with the emotional support they receive, exposure to rich and varied experiences, additional academic intervention and the benefits of whole staff training in order to receive Quality First teaching. We also acknowledge that the most academically able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds can be at risk of under-performing, and therefore, our focus is on ensuring all pupils are targeted to make good progress, based on their starting points.
Use of Pupil Premium Funding
Finance: A full breakdown of spending can be found in our Pupil Premium Strategy which can be downloaded using the link at the top of this page.
Barriers to learning which have been identified:
- Pupils demonstrate behaviour which inhibits them from making progress
- Pupils’ mental health impacts their self-image, aspirations, peer relationships and ability to engage fully with school
- Pupils do not have consistent attendance and punctuality
- Pupils have limited access to activities to develop their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development at home
- Pupils have gaps in their prior knowledge
We recognise that a tiered approach to spending the Pupil Premium has been identified as having the greatest impact on pupils. We have allocated our funding for 2020/21 as follows:
This academic year, funding has been channelled towards academic support and wider approaches following whole-school training for the Thrive Approach, paid from Pupil Premium funding, in February 2019. This academic year, we have continued to embed the Thrive Approach in school. A member of staff who has received additional training with Thrive, and who is responsible for delivering 1:1 and small group sessions with pupils, continues to actively support and engage staff with delivering Thrive and fostering this caring ethos within school.
We have funded the following initiatives this year in order to support pupils academically:
- Focused Learning (after school small group tuition led by the class teacher)
- 1:1 and small group tuition for KS2 pupils during school hours
- Access to a reading intervention for pupils who are working below expectations in reading in KS2
- Funding the cost of an additional adult in KS1 to enable small group delivery of daily phonics
This includes non-academic use of the Pupil Premium:
- Help with the cost of educational trips or visits
- When appropriate, some families will be supported with the cost of attending the school Breakfast Club
- Continue the subscription to Thrive in order to hold 1:1 and small group sessions and measure the impact of these over time
- A Pupil Premium Champion to monitor the provision for Pupil Premium pupils, identify the barriers to learning; and create and implement the Pupil Premium Strategy annually.
Ways in which we monitor the impact of our support systems, together with our most recent KS2 outcomes for Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, can also be found in our Pupil Premium Strategy.