Linslade Lower School
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement
What is pupil premium?
Schools receive a payment, or pupil premium, for each child who is registered for free school meals (FSM) or has been within the last six years and those who have been in continuous care for six months or more. Schools also receive a smaller payment for pupils whose parents are serving in the armed forces and those who are eligible in the early years.
At Linslade Lower School we strive to
- Remove barriers to learning created by poverty, family circumstance and background
- Narrow the attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged counterparts both within school and nationally
- Ensure ALL pupils are able to read fluently and with good understanding to enable them to access the breadth of the curriculum
- Develop confidence in their ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of contexts
- Enable pupils to look after their social and emotional wellbeing and to develop resilience
- Access a wide range of opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world
- Enable pupils to access the full curriculum and extended curriculum
- To offer and to support pupils to overcome barriers such as multiple disadvantages and financial deprivation that can make it difficult to access opportunities offered by the school.
What do we do to achieve them?
- The progress and attainment of each pupil are analyzed. Intervention is provided to meet their individual needs. Most often this is additional sessions with a teaching assistant for reading, handwriting, spelling, and maths. Some pupils are supported in a small group in the classroom by a teaching assistant. Disadvantaged children in years 3 and 4 who require it, have additional opportunities to practise their multiplication tables using times table rockstars.
- Where necessary some pupils are provided with equipment that enables them to access the full curriculum e.g trips and visits, PE kits, and disadvantaged pupils are also given the opportunity to participate in clubs and activities.
How do we monitor the impact?
Each pupil’s progress is monitored on a termly basis and intervention groups are adjusted accordingly.
Subject monitoring activities always include disadvantaged pupils as part of the group.
Twice yearly the link governors for progress and achievement meet with the Headteacher, at these meetings the provision for disadvantaged pupils is discussed, and outcomes are reviewed. They report back to the full governing body.
Pupil progress and attainment are discussed by the full governing body in September each year.
The school improvement advisor visits three times per year and disadvantaged pupils always feature in her monitoring activities.
How is the funding used?
The funding for disadvantaged pupils contributes towards the salary costs of the teaching assistants. This accounts for the majority of the funding.
A small amount of funding is used to ensure that pupils can access the full curriculum and extended curriculum offer e.g. PE kit, clubs, and activities.