Pupil Premium provides funding and focus for our school, setting the achievement of children from disadvantaged backgrounds as a priority.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. Its purpose is to provide additional funding to support schools in raising attainment for those children who are eligible for free school meals, or who are in the care of the local authority.
To find out if you are eligible for Free School Meals please see attached letter below.
We understand that gaps in attainment are challenging to close because causes are entrenched and complex. However the evidence is clear that good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, and so this remains our primary focus. The causes and consequences of disadvantage are varied: Pupil Premium students are not a homogeneous group, and so in addition to ensuring a basic entitlement to good and better teaching, we will aim to address individual’s barriers to learning from a small but effective menu of additional provision. Wider strategies such as family support, parent partnerships, and our work around improving behaviour and attendance is the third tier, aimed at the most significant non-academic barriers to success.
Historical and Planned Provision
This three-tiered approach is well-established at Oaklands. Impact has been significant and sustained, diminishing the differences and accelerating progress for disadvantaged pupils. Pre 2019 Pupil Premium funding has been used for:
- Staff INSET on Effective Feedback
- Sustained whole staff training: we are now an 'Attachment Aware' school
- Resources to develop learner feedback and independence
- ‘Structured Conversations’ strategy embedded, supporting parental engagement to improve pupil outcomes (including CPD for all teaching staff)
- Further CPD and resourcing of phonics
- LEXIA ICT resource - a research proven method to acquire foundation reading skills
- ICT resources linked to basic skills and home learning
- Develop fully decodable reading scheme provision at targeted intervention level
- One-to-one tuition
- Targeted LSA support in class
- Effective Family Support work
- Resourcing and staff training for Emotional Health and Wellbeing programme
- Therapeutic Intervention
- Individual Music Tuition (aimed at building self-esteem and promoting good attendance)