At St. John’s Walham Green CE Primary School, we are committed to promoting equity for all pupils to ensure that each pupil is able to reach their fullest potential in all areas of their lives. This is firmly rooted in our school vision and commitment to Love One Another.
When making decisions about Pupil Premium, it is important to consider the context of our school and our pupils together with the challenges faced. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
● Pupils receiving Free School Meals (FSM),
● Pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG),
● Children in Care (CiC) / Looked After Children (LAC) / Previously Looked After Children (PLAC),
● Pupils in families with social worker involvement,
● Pupils in families with Early Help services involvement,
● Children with English as an Additional Language (EAL),
● Pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs
Our pupils’ needs drive our strategy. Equity for all pupils is at the heart of our strategy. We also understand that this strategy is a process, not an event and it affects every individual differently. Our intention is that our strategy will also benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils alongside their disadvantaged peers.
Our aim is that every pupil, irrespective of background, feels like they belong and that they are ready to learn and achieve their full potential. We strive to support our pupils to become confident, articulate and ambitious individuals. In order to do this, we recognise from the strong research base that supporting pupils with their development of language is crucial and fundamental in addressing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
Our ambition is therefore for all children to become good readers and to develop high quality oracy skills with a rapidly growing vocabulary. We therefore prioritise reading across the school, both as a skill and as a pleasurable activity. Our School Development Plan reflects our prioritisation of reading.
At St John’s, we believe that together with excellent pastoral care, high quality, inclusive teaching and learning is the best lever for tackling disadvantage. We recognise that supporting our staff to develop their professional practice will continue to be fundamental to our addressing all areas of disadvantage.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy Plan is part of our wider approach to Education recovery as we continue to move through the Coronavirus Pandemic. We recognise that we need to actively engage with our school community to ensure that our time physically away/apart from one another does not create boundaries or limit our communication with our pupils’ families.
Our staff deployment through targeted intervention both within and beyond the school day seek to identify and address specific areas of learning for both individual pupils and identified groups. We also remain committed to ensuring that our Emotional Literacy support for pupils continues to offer meaningful support to those who need it.
We are proud of our whole school approach in which all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes, which includes but is not limited to those in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant and we work together with pupils and their families to raise expectations of what each and every child can achieve.
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