Pupil Premium 2018-19
The government provides schools with Pupil Premium Funding to enhance the provision for the most disadvantaged children. The money has to be spent in ways which help them overcome barriers to learning.
At Queens Park Academy we believe that the most important thing we can do to help all children become excellent learners is to be the best teachers we can. We know that for many children the introduction to art, music, sport and life skills that they receive in school can inspire achievement across the curriculum and on into adulthood.
The barriers faced by Pupil premium children in our school are hugely varied but can include:
- Low levels of parental engagement and involvement
- Low language levels leading to communication difficulties and issues with reading and writing.
- Trauma and other mental health issues including low self-esteem and lack resilience in the family and/or child
- Complicated family structures which have an adverse effect on readiness for learning.
- Poor attendance and trips abroad for long periods of time
- Special educational needs and disabilities.
Measuring the impact of Pupil Premium
The impact of the pupil premium on the students for whom the school receives the funding is measured in several different ways.
A key measure is achievement. The school track Pupil Premium achievement throughout the year. Using data from each national assessment point (end of reception, end of keystage 1 and end of keystage 2) The progress of all students is carefully tracked. For the purposes of this impact evaluation, we focus on English and Mathematics and look at the levels of progress. The results of the pupil premium students in each Year Group are compared with the combined results of all the students in the Year Group.
Another measure is engagement with learning. The pupil premium students are discussed at pupil progress and vulnerable children meetings. Our early interventions officer addresses any issues that arise on a daily basis.
We also use pupil voice to allow us to ascertain the views of the pupils in relation to initiatives funded by pupil premium.
Our Pupil Premium statement for 2018-19 is below: