Pupil Premium

At Larkhall we passionately believe that a child’s happiness, interest, joy of learning and mental well-being are central to the school curriculum. We are an inclusive school where we all come to learn. We want our children to reach the highest standards, be healthy, safe, happy, develop a love of learning and the skills of independence to make informed choices that prepare them to be successful members in society.

We also believe that a child’s happiness, interest, joy of learning and mental well-being are central to the school curriculum.

All children at Larkhall have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be included in all aspects of school life. This does not mean that all learners will all be treated in the same way: when planning provisions, account is taken of children’s varied backgrounds and individual learning needs, including any disadvantages they face, or barriers to learning. In order to help disadvantaged pupils who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium to make excellent progress in their learning, have good attendance rates, and access a range of opportunities to develop socially and emotionally, we have put in place a range of strategies, which can be viewed below.

At Larkhall, we expect all those children in receipt of Pupil Premium to:
• make at least expected progress academically in relation to their targets;
• reach an acceptable level of attendance and lateness;
• be able to cope with the social, emotional and behavioural expectations at school.

The outcomes for the children eligible for the Pupil Premium are measured in relation to their academic achievement and in particular the end of key stage 2 results, children’s attendance and lateness. We also use case studies to make more holistic evaluations of the impact of our provision that can take better account of the qualitative information we have available.

Income, expenditure and provision: 2021-2022

The allocation for Pupil Premium per eligible child: for free school meals is £1,345; for looked after pupils is £2,345 and for Service families it is £310. The total amount will be calculated from the October 2021 census. Outcomes will be fully evaluated at the end of the academic year and income will be spent in the following ways:

What are we doing to narrow the gap?

• Termly Pupil Progress review of FSM progress against non- FSM (FSM Vs NON-FSM)
• Teachers targeting PP children in class – Evidenced by formal and informal observations
• Age-related and above age-related expectation data to be analysed and strategies to be in place to narrow any gap between FSM & Non-FSM across all year groups
• Targeted Year 2 and Year 6 support for Reading, Writing and Maths by two Assistant Head Teachers
• Employing a Speech and Language Therapist, delivering interventions across the school
• Intervention Co-ordinators (Higher level Support Staff) providing targeted support for under-performing ARE children
• Learning Mentor providing social and emotional development for targeted children, as well as monitor poor attendance and lateness.
• Advice and support will be provided to parents to help with any barrier to their child’s learning
• Bespoke support for children in the Woodlark Autism Provision
• Provision of financial assistance, to those families in need, with subsidies towards trips, clubs, uniform and out of hours provision
• Before and after school club
• Full Governing Body update on Pupil Premium
• Business Committee updated at every meeting (agenda item)
• Learning and Personal Development Committee updated at every meeting (agenda item)
• Chart of Accounts changed from April 2013 to separately monitor income and expenditure of PP Funding
• Additional intervention funded using PP funding where a need has been identified (Year 6 Booster Week, Target Reading and Writing support for from Intervention Co-ordinators (high level support staff)

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011. It provides additional funding allocated to schools to support disadvantaged pupils. Funding applies to those registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. These funds are given to schools to help support these eligible pupils in ‘narrowing the attainment gap’ between themselves and their peers.

The post-Looked After Child (LAC) Pupil Premium Grant. This is additional funding applies to children who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).

The Looked After Child (LAC) Pupil Premium Grant is for children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more. However, the funding for these pupils doesn’t go to Larkhall; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) was introduced in April 2015. This is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.

The Service Premium was also introduced in April 2011. It provides additional funding for pastoral support for those families who have a parent as a member of the armed forces.