Lostwithiel School Pupil Premium Strategy
The pupil premium strategy lead is Natalie Simmonds (headteacher)
The pupil premium lead governor is Tom Miles
The government introduced Pupil Premium funding with the aim of increasing social mobility, reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally and enabling more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend top universities.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving FSM will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.
Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to schools, based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as any child who is known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It is based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. It also includes children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
Children in receipt of pupil premium.
Children in receipt of pupil premium funding are monitored by their class teacher, the new Pupil Premium Pastoral Worker and the Senior Leadership team through pupil progress meetings and careful monitoring.
Our PP provision includes additional one-to-one tuition and small group tuition; these are provided by the class teacher or a teaching assistant (under the guidance of the class teacher) during school times and also, sometimes, before or after school hours. The funds have enabled teachers to focus on disadvantaged children in lessons by providing extra teaching assistant support in the classroom. The funds have enabled the school to invest in classroom monitor, a system to track disadvantaged children and monitor their rate of progress against their peers in school and also nationally. Lostwithiel School has also invested in the RWI phonics programme that will enable teachers to pin point gaps to target intervention for disadvantaged children who have not passed the year 1 phonics screening.
The PP funding has enabled disadvantaged children to participate in enrichment activities such as sailing and music lessons at a reduced rate. Sports kits have been subsidised to allow disadvantaged pupils to participate fully in the life of the school. Funding has enabled some disadvantaged children to participate in other learning events such as additional forest school activities which they would otherwise have missed. The PP funding has been targeted to allow disadvantaged pupils to broaden and deepen their life experiences throughout the year at school.
Please see the pupil premium report below to see the impact of pupil premium funding and the strategy for 2021-2024 and 2018-2021.