Pupil Premium Strategy 2016/17

‘Bringing out the best in everyone’

For a small rural primary school Brassington School has a relatively high number of pupils (23%) who qualify for pupil premium. The majority of these pupils are achieving at or above expected standards, although some, especially younger pupils, are not. Maintaining small class sizes and limiting the age range within classes ensures pupils are well known and get appropriate targeted support within a whole class situation.

The school is mindful of East Midlands and Derbyshire priorities to ensure good outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in both the short and long term, including the priority to secure good long term outcomes for the disadvantaged more able pupils, as this is especially relevant to the school.

The school’s strategy is to ensure all children have appropriate levels of challenge and those identified as more able are expected to be working at greater depth through quality, well targeted teaching in small classes.

In addition the school is committed to ensuring disadvantaged pupils have a rich range of opportunities and a breadth of experience that might not be available to them outside school. For example; the chance to learn an instrument, learning to sail, participation in residential trips. The purpose of this is to inspire confidence and raise aspirations in order to sustain good learning habits and attitudes as they move into secondary school. The school has a culture of encouraging high aspiration through teacher conversations, links with local industry and a commitment to a rich and happy experience of education.

In addition those pupils who are not keeping pace with their peers are provided with additional targeted one to one, small group, or external specialist support based on a thorough analysis of what is needed to enable them to make good progress and diminish the attainment gap year on year.

Pupil Premium Statement 2016/17E

Amount received by the school £17,740

Currently Pupil Premium spending is being used to

  • maintain small class sizes in order to sustain high levels of individual support for children
  • increase TA time in relevant classes to allow more targeted individual support for pupils and small groups of pupils both to support identified academic needs and to build confidence.
  • provide 1 to 1 or small group (3) teacher support at an appropriate level to build success and confidence
  • support attendance on trips to enable full participation and avoid isolation
  • purchase a suitable tracking system to support proper recording of achievement and effectiveness of interventions
  • support small scale, short term additional opportunities for enrichment

Analysis of data shows that the Pupil Premium is successfully narrowing the performance gaps for the vast majority of disadvantaged pupils. 

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