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 background 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 results they achieve.
It is a requirement that we identify the key barriers to success for their disadvantaged children. We must also demonstrate how the Pupil Premium spending plan is linked to these barriers.
Our Pupil Premium lead and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is Mrs Amy Cooper. Our Governor responsible for our Pupil Premium and Looked After Children is Mrs Helen Pinches.
At Crestwood Park, we believe there is no such thing as a typical 'pupil premium child'. We believe that each child must be treated on an individual basis and the support given must be tailored to met their needs.
The most common cause of disadvantage among our pupils is language and literacy skills. By the age of three , disadvantaged children are on average already 18 months behind their peers in early language development and around two-fifths of disadvantaged five-year-olds are not meeting the expected literacy standard for their age. (Hutchinson & Dunford 2016). We strongly believe that we should be spending Pupil Premium on improving literacy and language.
Our Pupil premium Strategy sits alongside our School Improvement Plan and if you read both documents you will see many overlaps and commonalities. This is because we see our Pupil Premium strategy as part of our whole school aim and ethos; it is not a 'bolt on' plan but instead an aspect of our ultimate aim to provide the very best educational experience for ALL the children in our community.