Pupil Premium

The pupil premium grant provides schools with additional funding to improve the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils. All schools receive extra funding based on the number of children who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years - which, for us at Bedwell, is a large group (around 40% of children on roll). As a result, this year we will receive a total of approximately £129,000 (this is a predicted figure and the total may vary slightly due to fluctuations in pupil numbers). 

We have used guidance from a charity called the Educational Endowment Foundation to help us to use this funding in the most effective way possible. Their report (which you can check out here) recommends a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending: 

  • Teaching should be the top priority, including professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. 
  • Targeted support for pupils working below Age Related Expectations 
  • Providing non-academic support, including improving attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support. 

Following this approach, we developed our own tiered model overview (click on the image to see a larger version): 

This then feeds into our Pupil Premium Statement, which you can read here.

"There is a clear overview of the needs of pupils and effective support in place to promote their progress, particularly to improve their communication skills."

Ofsted report, 2018

Teaching priorities
  • Consistent approach to the teaching of reading across the school - developing and agreeing Reading Policy, training in strategies this identifies. 
  • Maintaining high-quality phonics provision - ReadWriteInc training for all new staff, Phonics lead monitoring & coaching delivery, training for KS2 staff on using RWInc approaches to improve English.
  • Teaching of mathematical reasoning - training for all teachers in use of HfL Essential Maths to embed reasoning in every lesson ; monitoring by AHT & HfL consultant ; additional support for targeted staff 
  • Securing sentence structure in writing - whole-school CPD, led by writing lead & English consultant, strategies & resources to use whole-class & in groups
Targetted support
  • Targeted phonics and reading support - ReadIt2 in EYFS and ReadWriteInc catch-up (TAs working with children 1:1 in KS1 and 1:3 in Y3/4)
  • Daily maths spot catch-up across KS2, focussing on same-day gap filling to ensure progress
Wider strategies
  • Improving attendance - staffing & resourcing Breakfast Club (free for all PPG children), member of admin staff monitoring attendance, identifying reasons for non-attendance & providing support
  • Supporting emotional wellbeing through counselling sessions, targeted interventions & access to Family Support Worker for both children and families.
  • Providing disadvantaged children with access to wider experiences through subsidised trips (including theatre, the seaside, zoos, residential visits).