Our school recognises that all pupils, regardless of their background, should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential. The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money to pupils from deprived backgrounds, which, research shows; underachieve, compared to their peers.

The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for derivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals. Looked After Children and those of Armed Service Personnel are also eligible for this increased funding. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils.

The identified barriers and challenges for our children are:

  • Poor speaking, listening and communication skills on entry to EYFS
  • More able disadvantaged pupils do not achieve as well as non-disadvantaged pupils
  • Disadvantaged children’s wellbeing is poor and the households in which they live have poor aspirations and employment rates are low. Many families face generational unemployment.
  • Disadvantaged children’s attendance rates are traditionally not as high as their non-disadvantaged peers

The school leaders will be monitoring the impact of the spending plan throughout the academic year through, good or better quality teaching, termly work scrutiny, pupil progress/moderation challenge meetings, as well as monitoring of attendance and strategies to support with input from the Education Welfare Officer. The impact of the monitoring process is then reported to governors termly via the head teachers report as well as the self evaluation review information for trustees.

The governors monitor the impact through governor challenge meetings, the reports are presented to the termly local governing body meeting.

Below are details of our Pupil Premium policy and Spending Plans.
Pupil Premium spending plan 2023-2024

Sports Premium

At Ward Green Primary School we firmly believe that sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport is fundamental to developing outcomes for our pupils.We aim to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to:• develop or add to the PE and sport activities that we offer•build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

We welcome the Sports Premium Grant to provide additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education (P.E) and sport in our school. The key areas for consideration are; Physical education, Healthy active lifestyle choices and Competitive sports. We also publish the percentages of Y6 pupils’ swimming abilities annually.

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