The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), is used to raise attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap with their peers. The aim of the Premium is to provide a specific policy targeted on disadvantaged students – giving schools extra funding to enable them to take the most effective action to raise attainment and close the gap.
Students in years reception to 11 (aged 5 to 16), known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years or children in public care continuously for at least 6 months (aged 4 to 15), and children of parents in the armed forces, are eligible for the Premium.
At The Deanes we have a strong belief that the high expectations of all teachers are the key to meeting the needs of all students and that the teacher’s knowledge of each student’s skills and abilities, and their ability to match this knowledge to finding ways of providing access to the curriculum will allow for achievement for all.
Securing Success for All Young People
When students enter The Deanes we ensure we know and understand the starting points for their academic progress and well-being. Valuable information is attained from their primary school and additionally several important baseline assessments take place.
The Pupil Premium is used to ensure that all students are making progress in the key skills they need to succeed at The Deanes, and ensure they are properly prepared for the next stage in their education. In particular there is a focus on reading, writing (including spelling) and number skills.
At The Deanes we aim to narrow the disadvantaged gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students on low income families. Informed by national research, the key factor in achieving this is a relentless drive to improve the quality of learning in the classrooms and a deep layer of pastoral support for all students. To improve the 'universal offer', the experience of all our students is paramount. Where there is not sufficient to close achievement gaps, additional intervention and care allows all students, but particularly those of disadvantaged backgrounds, to flourish. Through targeted additional support strategies, it is expected our disadvantaged students will be able to;
- improve their levels of attainment and progress
- close attainment gaps relative to national and in school avergaes
- have full access to the curriculum
- access extra curricular provision
- enhancement of cultural expereinces
Internal Monitoring and Evaluation
The benefits of early identification are widely recognised; identifying need at the earliest point and then by providing good interventions, long term outcomes for a child are improved. Personalised programmes and appropriate evidence-based interventions are put in place. These are provided as a graduated approach, which includes regular reviews of the progress made and adaptations to the support provided as required. Further strategies are developed in light of the student’s progress and development. Formal monitoring and evaluation of whole school strategies are analysed half-termly and reports produced for the Governing Body on a termly basis.