Pupil Premium Statement
At Bede Community Primary School we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure. We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium funding represents a significant proportion of our budget and we are committed to ensuring it is spent to maximum effect. We believe that one of the biggest barriers for children can be poverty of expectation and so we are determined to create a climate that does not limit a child’s potential in any way.
Our school is located in an area of very high social deprivation and have a high percentage of children who are eligible for free school meals, which brings some complex challenges. However, staff are committed to ensuring that these challenges are mitigated so that all pupils can reach their full potential. We believe there is no “one size fits all” so it is essential that we identify individual barriers in order to provide personalised targeted support so that our children can flourish.
When making decisions about using pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all”.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school we have an outstanding track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress. Historically levels of attainment on entry to school have been lower for FSM (eligible for free school meals) – this is also a national trend. Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to at least reach age related expectations as they move through the school. We analyse our data thoroughly, examine the impact of current interventions and have make use of a range of research to inform our decision making.
To view this year’s Pupil Premium Strategy statement, please clink on the above link.