At Holy Trinity CE Primary School, we believe that regardless of their background, all pupils deserve the very best start in life at school. As a school, our ultimate objective is for all disadvantaged pupils to achieve at least as well as their peers academically, dispelling the gap between the disadvantaged and all pupils nationally. A cyclical approach of diagnosis of challenges, planned and informed strategies supported by strong evidence, effective implementation and robust monitoring and evaluation will be used to develop and sustain this strategy. This strategy will work with a balanced approach of high-quality teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies to close the attainment gap, address social and mental health difficulties, increase attendance and provide enrichment experiences for all disadvantaged pupils.
Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
Whole school and bubble closures across 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 has meant that the barriers to disadvantaged pupils future attainment have become even greater.
To support disadvantaged pupils catch-up following school closures, each class has been allocated two teaching assistants to support high-quality planned for interventions and the streaming of core subjects. Year 6, at a key transitional point in their education, have been split into three ability set classes with an experienced teacher in each to ensure targeted, quality-first teaching for the pupils in the final year in primary school. In-depth assessment was carried out when all pupils returned to school in September 2020 and gap analysis was used to pin point specific gaps in pupils learning. Disadvantaged pupil’s emotional wellbeing being has also been an area high on the agenda and a Wellbeing Teacher has been appointed to support and monitor pupil’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic disadvantaged and most recent lockdown and school closures, pupils have received:
Thorough pupil progress meetings at the end of term 2 (December 2020) set out a plan for provision to support and meet pupil’s attainment gaps, close the gaps between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged and provide targeted emotional and social support where necessary. Pupil progress meetings give all stakeholders and understanding of the whole child and relevant contextual information about each pupil and their family.
At Holy Trinity CE Primary School we are guided by research and evidence of the Education Endowment Foundation to guide our Pupil Premium spend approach to closing the attainment gap.