At Longwell Green Primary School we believe all children deserve the very best education no matter what their background. We continuously monitor the progress of all our pupils to ensure that they are achieving their best.
In 2011 the government introduced some funding for schools called Pupil Premium in order to support the progress of vulnerable groups. The funding is paid directly into the school and the amount received is based on the number of pupils who receive free school meals, children in care and children of parents in the armed forces.
We are free to spend this funding as we see fit. The school spends this money in a variety of ways to raise pupils’ learning to ensure the benefit of each child although Ofsted recommend successful approaches which may include:
- well-targeted support to improve attendance, behaviour or links with families where these were barriers to a pupil’s learning
- ensuring support staff (particularly teaching assistants) are highly trained and understand their role in helping pupils to achieve
- allocated their best teachers to teach intervention groups to improve mathematics and English
- involving governors in the decision making and evaluation process.
Barriers to learning may include:
- poor attendance and increased number of broken weeks
- lack of parental engagement and support for home learning
- poor communication and language skills
- low attainment in English and Maths
- lack of funding for school trips and residential trips
- ensuring pupils have regular meals and a balanced diet.
- poor motivation and lack of aspiration