What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding provided to schools to narrow the gap of attainment for some pupils. These children are from low income families who are currently known to be or have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years. It also supports children who have been 'looked after' continuously for more than six months or who have been adopted from care.
Gislingham Primary is fully committed to supporting pupils for whom the pupil premium provides support. At Gislingham, our purpose in using pupil premium funding is to ensure that all the unique needs of our pupils are met and our children thrive and achieve the same high academic success and have access to all our enrichment activities. Our main focus is to improve the quality of teaching for all children, no matter their background, and to provide quality teaching for individuals and groups as required. We aim that all children in our care should grow in confidence, self-esteem and achieve their very best.
At Gislingham we have adopted a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending which allows the school to focus on a series of targeted strategies which will have the greatest impact. These are:
Teaching: Spending on improving teaching and providing professional development opportunities is at the forefront of our approach. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is a key ingredient to the success of our provision and is, therefore, the top priority for our Pupil Premium spending.
Targeted academic support: Evidence consistently demonstrates the positive impact targeted academic support can have. We use a variety of strategies from one-to-one or small group interventions that work alongside to complement and enhance effective classroom teaching and learning.
Wider stragies: The final element of our approach is to provide support in tackling the most significant, non-academic, barriers to success at school, including attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.