The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools for children in receipt of free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years.
Nationally, the statistics show that children who are in receipt of FSM may perform less well than their peers in school assessments. The aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap.
This year 29.7% of pupils at Gleadless are eligible for pupil premium and £149, 970 has been allocated for pupil premium.
If your child is entitled to pupil premium, the school will offer financial assistance for trips, out of school sports clubs and uniform.
You can apply online for Free School Meals here: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/utilities/form/schools-and-childcare/free-school-meals-start
In order to ensure we are offering the best provision we review children’s progress regularly so that pupils have bespoke, focused targets. We meet termly for pupil progress reviews and track children’s progress half- termly and phase leaders and the leadership team regularly monitor the planning and delivery of learning to check that the provision is appropriate and effective.
We track the progress of pupil premium children comparing their progress to that of their peers.
In November 2020, a review of our Pupil premium provision stated:
Robust plans are in place to improve the attainment and attendance of pupil premium children and to further improve relationships with their families. Recognising the need to pay attention to their health and well being alongside their learning is a positive step and this holistic approach should pay dividends in future.
Pupil Premium funding is spent on the following support for our pupils:
- Coaching teams (both internal and SLE support from external partners) to embed outstanding quality first teaching throughout school “Good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils ’’ (EEF Pupil Premium Guidance)
- Excellent and varied CPD opportunities for all colleagues to impact positively on teaching and learning
- Additional tuition across the curriculum to provide targeted teaching to gaps in knowledge in maths and English; focused interventions for targeted groups such as FFT, LEAP, VIP, NIP
- Extra curricular opportunities for pupils working across the Federation and with Secondary schools
- Additional technology for use at home and in school to support teaching, learning and engagement
- Speech and Language intervention by health professionals and experienced colleagues focusing on pupils with low language skills and EAL pupils
- Learning Mentor and nurture team in school, supporting the delivery of interventions linked to nurture, domestic support, attachment and trauma.
- Mentoring for pupils requiring support with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs including the use of Collins-Donnelly clinical psychology services
- Subsidised funding for educational visits for families to enhance experiences for all our pupils
- Attendance Officer employed to work closely with colleagues and families to support excellent attendance
- Our full time Sports Leader inspires pupils to be healthy, active and aspirational for themselves and their physical ability; pupils compete in sports and visit sporting venues across the UK Breakfast Club
- Pupil mentoring from Sheffield High School pupils, with links to STEM, PE and Debating as a focus
- In Summer 2021, free fruit for all pupil premium children each day in school
- Federation residential during school holidays for pupils to build on the existing strong relationships
- Sheffield Healthy Holidays and Food programme offered during school holidays alongside our own Reading Thursdays opportunities throughout the school holidays.
This is our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020: