At The Deanes, our Promises outline our commitment to ensuring that all members of our school community make outstanding progress and achieve their goals. We recognise the strengths and needs of each of our students as individuals and continue to have consistently high expectations and standards for all groups of learners. We have a shared moral purpose and shared ambition to provide the high quality teaching and opportunities needed for all students to achieve their potential. At The Deanes, we understand the potential barriers to progress for Disadvantaged students and are dedicated to ‘closing the gap’ between their progress and attainment and that of their peers, both within school and nationally.
Pupil Premium Strategy
The Pupil Premium Strategy was introduced to help schools to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and close the gap between them and their peers. In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools receive the following funding:
● £935 for each student registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (£935)
● £2300 for each student identified in the January 2018 school census as having left local authority care as a result of:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residency order)
● £2300 for each student who has been in local authority care for one day or more
● £300 for each Ever 6 service child.
For the financial year 2018 to 2019, the Pupil Premium allocated to The Deanes is £137,445.00 (£170,000 including PP+ funding).
Each school must publish an account of their Pupil Premium spending each academic year. As a minimum, the same information should be reported to governors. This must include the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium which gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected level in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
Our Disadvantaged Strategy is informed by evidence and makes use of approaches recommended as a result of extensive research, for example the work of the Education Endowment Foundation. High quality teaching and a deep layer of pastoral support form our ‘universal offer’ for all students; a key factor in achieving this is a relentless drive to improve the quality of learning in the classroom and ensuring that high quality, targeted interventions support students where this is not sufficient to close achievement gaps. Through targeted additional support strategies, it is expected our Disadvantaged students will be able to:
- Improve their levels of attainment and progress
- Close attainment gaps relative to national and in school averages
- Have full access to the curriculum
- Access extra-curricular provision
- Enhance their cultural experiences.
Internal Monitoring and Evaluation
The benefits of early identification are widely recognised; identifying need at the earliest point and then by providing good interventions, long term outcomes for a child are improved. Personalised programmes and appropriate evidence-based interventions are put in place. These are provided as a graduated approach, which includes regular reviews of the progress made and adaptations to the support provided as required. Further strategies are developed in light of the student’s progress and development. Formal monitoring and evaluation of whole school strategies are analysed half-termly and reports produced for the Governing Body on a termly basis.