Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is granted to schools to ‘address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’
Park View believes in providing the best possible education for children from all backgrounds and of all abilities. We are proud of our fully inclusive approach, offering a wide range of activities and resources for all of our pupils both in and outside of school.
Pupil premium funding has allowed us to fully fund, as well as subsidise, particular areas of school life for our more disadvantaged children whilst on many occasions letting us improve provision for other students who do not qualify for pupil premium.
As a direct result of received pupil premium funds, we have employed a number of specialist staff to support our most disadvantaged children to ensure that they can fully engage in the education we offer and maximise their learning opportunities.
We use external evidence to help us decide on the best strategies for improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. This comes in the form of research carried out by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the national Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) as well as our internal impact research.
Pupil Premium funding provides the school with the financial assurance that we are able to plan whole school priorities, safe in the knowledge that we can support all children in making progress, through providing a fully inclusive, safe and fun place to be that is accessible to everyone regardless of financial pressures placed upon families.
Here is the link to our detailed summary of how we spend Pupil Premium Funding.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium Funding and Impact Statement, 2019-20
This premium is extra funding given to schools to support those students who need additional input to address their relative underachievement in literacy and numeracy at the end of Key Stage 2. In light of the current pandemic, this funding has been subsumed into the Covid catch up funding which we have been allocated to support the catch up of all learners as a result of periods of school closure. The accelerated development of numeracy and literacy skills remains of utmost importance to us. As such, we have used the results of CAT (Cognitive Aptitude Tests) as well as NGRT and NGST (which are recognised reading and spelling tests) as well as our classroom observations of students to identify those in need of support beyond that of their peers and have allocated additional teaching time in small groups. Tests will be repeated at intervals throughout the year to monitor progress.
For the 2019-20 academic year this funding was used to provide small group literacy and / or numeracy sessions to target students. For those in most need, this work took place during the two hours typically timetabled as German. We place a high value on developing numeracy and literacy skills as quickly as possible, given their central importance to a student’s ability to access all areas of the school curriculum. The students involved in this ways are still studying French, thereby allowing them to benefit from the experience of studying a foreign language and culture throughout their time at Park View School. The funding was used to pay for staff time and also support resources used in the sessions.
Impact was measured using internal assessments of pupil progress in English and Maths, alongside their peers. In addition, we made use of progress ladders in the Lexia reading programme and reading age tests from GL assessment.