The Department for Education recognise that an attainment gap exists between disadvantaged students and their peers across the country. The Pupil Premium comprises a grant provided to publicly funded schools in England to help them meet the challenges in addressing this issue.
Our Pupil Premium strategy is underpinned by the premise that quality-first teaching (alongside personalised pastoral care) benefits both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students alike. High-impact teaching and learning will ultimately have the most significant impact on students who qualify for Pupil Premium funding. Tackling the ‘barriers to learning’ that are identified in this strategy remains crucial, but within a mindset that is pre-emptive in anticipating problems and immediately acting to mitigate them, rather than reacting once they emerge. Closing existing attainment and achievement gaps between students who qualify for the Pupil Premium and those who do not (and keeping them closed) lies at the heart of our resolve to continually provide high quality education for all.
My colleagues, below, ably assist me in overseeing our provision for students who qualify for Pupil Premium funding and, like me, would be very happy to discuss any of the above points further with you.
Miss A Borthwick – Pupil Premium Champion, Year 7 and Year 8.
Mrs I Yakhya – Pupil Premium Champion, Year 9 and Year 10.
Miss K Chapman - Pupil Premium Champion, Year 11.
Mr B Garner
Assistant Headteacher, September 2020