At Chantry Middle School, and within the Three Rivers Learning Trust, we view the needs of all students as important and strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for all.
Nationally, statistics show a gap between the attainment and progress of some groups of pupils including those in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. The Pupil Premium is a sum of money that the school receives to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and to support pupils with parents in the regular armed forces.
We receive funding for:
- Pupils who have been in receipt of Free School Meals any time over the past six years
- Looked after children defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
- Children whose parent(s) are in the regular armed services or they have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011 or the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend that money. We are also required to publish the results for Pupil Premium students compared with their peers.
We have strategically planned our approach to ensure that we met the needs of these students by devising a 3 year plan which is referred to as our Pupil Premium Strategy statement.
Summary of our strategies
We believe that the greatest impact on pupil achievement, for all children, is outstanding teaching in the classroom, with an emphasis on effective teaching & learning strategies along with teacher led intervention that allows all students to make the best possible progress. A summary of some of our strategies from our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement are below:
Provide more frequent verbal & written high quality feedback to students that are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding as research has shown that this is a main driver to further learning. This will involve ensuring that students are placed strategically in the classroom to enable in class interventions to be delivered, provide regular verbal feedback & make more frequent teacher checks.
Focus on key teaching & learning strategies which are proven to be effective in making rapid & sustained progress for disadvantaged students (Education Endowment Foundation & John Hattie).
Focus on strengthening the relationships with disadvantaged student & their parents. The parents of all Pupil Premium students have the opportunity to meet with a senior member of staff at least once a year to discuss barriers to learning, agree how additional funding should be spent to overcome barriers & enable their child to achieve their potential. Frequently effort, rather than attainment is the focus.
Each subject area within the school has a Subject Leader who takes responsibility for the progress & attainment of students that are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. Their main tasks are to:
- Deliver effective teaching & learning strategies shown to have the greatest impact in their subject area
- Analyse & monitor data capture, focusing on the progress & outcomes for students to identify gaps & needs
- Plan interventions & continuously review effect of the interventions to maximise impact
Build confidence & self-esteem to fully access the wide range of curricular & non-curricular opportunities on offer at Chantry. School trips & visits are paid for or are subsidised using Pupil Premium funding.
Ease financial barriers to learning that are harder to robustly measure but influence achievement and are part of the students overall school experience.
Raise current & future aspirations through our Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme by targeting Pupil Premium students for opportunities.