Coalway Junior School

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Children who have been entitled to receive Free School Meals, Children in Care and children whose parents are in the Armed Forces are all eligible for the funding.

Schools can choose how to use their Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to identify the barriers facing their pupils and the provision that will support them. By meeting the needs of the most vulnerable, we are enabling the successful education of all children.

Our Pupil Premium Strategy runs for three years and we have focused our funding on the following areas:

  • Pastoral support for both children and families
  • Language enrichment: Increased vocabulary and improved articulation of spoken and written language
  • Catch Up Premium: To close the gap of learning loss and for children to achieve in line with national average for their year group.
  • To remove the barriers of parental engagement and support parents with greater involvement in school life this will also impact positively on attendance
  • Closing the gap in PP and Non- PP attendance
  • Ensure all children have equal access to correct school uniform including PE kits.
  • Ensure all pupils have access to necessary resources to be able to fully engage with learning
  • Ensure all pupils have access to educational trips/ experiences
  • Building on Cultural Capital
  • Support families through signposting to services

In September 2021,  EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium was updated and published by the Education Endowment Foundation.  This supports schools in spending their Pupil Premium to maximise the benefit for their students. The report recommends school take a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending. Teaching should be the top priority, including professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Targeted support for struggling pupils should also be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy; as well as strategies that relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.  As a school we have used the information and research within this report to guide our spending of Pupil Premium money.