Pupil premium strategy statement: Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between pupils in specific groups. Pupil Premium Funding is therefore used to tackle disadvantage in order to reach the pupils who need it most. The government awards the funding to help raise attainment for these pupils.National data shows that as a group nationally, pupils who have been eligible for FSMs at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSMs. All schools are required to publish, on their websites, what the funding they have received and how the money is being spent. Each school may decide how best to use the funding and they are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families.
At Bawtry Mayflower we are making provision for disadvantaged pupils; however, we also recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support pupils or groups of pupils the school has identified as being disadvantaged.
At Bawtry Mayflower we strongly believe that it is equally true that outstanding teaching and leadership and a relentless focus on improvement will make a real difference - whatever the context, or degree of challenge facing a school. We know this because there is compelling evidence which demonstrates that high quality teaching and leadership are vital in raising attainment. We also know that schools that are most effective in improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils always use evidence about what makes a real difference to change their practice.
We recognise that disadvantaged pupils are not a homogenous group and employ targeted approaches for groups or individuals facing particular barriers to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for all. Whilst the pupil premium has focused many schools’ attention on raising the attainment of low performing pupils, more able disadvantaged pupils are at risk of underachievement too.
At Bawtry Mayflower we wholeheartedly believe that ultimately the impact of pupil premium should lead to improved attainment for all disadvantaged pupils. However, important outcomes, which will lead to this might include – increased rates of progress, improved attendance, improving family engagement, developing skills and personal qualities whilst extending opportunities.