As with many schools, the Pupil Premium Pot at High Spen is a key tool in raising standards for specific groups of children. Funding is given to target specific pupils who live with families meeting nationally agreed criteria.
Over the past five years the proportion of pupils in our school receiving Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) has grown steadily. We now have approx. 30% of pupils eligible and have been able to retain staff otherwise lost to budget cuts. These staff now have a clear focus on supporting the progress of children in receipt of PPG e.g. running Reading Plus throughout KS2, additional small group phonics sessions in KS1 and focus group and family work in EY. We have also been able to retain some of the small group intervention working, peer support and development of approaches in class for ‘Focus Pupils’.
This year we are extending the success we have had when working with the parents and carers of our youngest children. Our Early Years staff are already running fun sessions to explore how pupils can be supported at home to help maximise potential at school. We are really pleased with the initial progress reports from our newly purchased Reading Plus (funded through PPG). We bought a three year license so should really be able to have an impact on the small proportion of less confident readers.
The reports below are annual documents we produce to explain how we opt to invest the Pupil Premium we receive and most importantly the impact we are having in supporting children to reach their full potential.
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-2018
Please download our strategy statement below.
Pupil premium grant expenditure – Report to governors: 2015/16
Overview of the school