At Two Gates Primary School, we are committed to providing excellent learning opportunities and experiences for all our children. This is reflected in our school motto: ‘Love Children, love Learning’. We continually strive to make our school a place where all children are valued and safe, feel good about themselves and each other, enjoy life to the full, are given every opportunity to achieve their potential and are encouraged to contribute positively to their school and wider community.
What is Pupil Premium?
Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupil –this is called Pupil Premium.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
- generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
- often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality – investing in learning and development for teachers.
We have an annual training and professional development plan based on an analysis of need for all our staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
We have analysed the main barriers to pupils succeeding at school and have targeted some of our pupil premium towards mitigating these issues.
Wider approaches supporting readiness to learn
We allocate some of our funding towards non-academic use to increase pupils’ confidence and resilience, encourage pupils to be more aspirational and also to benefit non-eligible pupils.
All use of funds is monitored for best value by the leadership team and Governing Board. Outcomes, pupil progress and attainment are tracked and monitored closely to ensure impact in a variety of ways such as: data analysis, learning walks, pupil discussions, discussions with parents, case studies, observations, book looks and any other specific ways as determined by the initiative.
We also have twice-yearly external pupil premium reviews from the ATLP to further challenge and support school leadership. All this enables school leaders to evaluate the effectiveness of provision and adapt or enhance as necessary.
Due to the unprecedented closure of schools in March as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic we can only share with you our evaluation of the use of pupil premium up to the mid-year review point in February. Please click the following link to the document. Any unspent allocation will be added to the 2020-21 grant.
From all our school monitoring up to the point of closure we have been able to identify and predict priority areas for expenditure of the 2020-2021 Pupil Premium Grant. Please click the following link for an overview of the 2020-2021 Strategy.