Pupil Premium is additional government funding for pupils who are either looked after children or perceived to come from disadvantaged backgrounds and therefore qualify for Free School Meals.
This funding is then used to boost the learning of pupils so that the gap between learners is narrowed and all pupils are then able to reach their full potential. Evidence shows that the most effective schools achieve best outcomes through high quality teaching, strong leadership, a relevant and coherent curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted catch-up and enrichment activities. Intrinsic support in the basics can enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds to catch up with their peers. Schools also influence how parents support their child’s learning and behaviour as they grow older and their needs develop. They can also help parents understand the breadth of possibilities open to their child and how their child can achieve their aspirations. Pupils who received pupil premium funding will have benefited from one or more of the following additional provisions:
- Therapy interventions
- Music lessons with external provider
- 1:1 interventions for literacy and numeracy
- Decreased class sizes
- Alternative curriculum
- Purchase of equipment/software to support learning
- Extra TA support in some lessons
- Support for behaviour
- Cultural trips e.g. Cinema
- Breakfast Club
- Educational trips
Pupil premium is paid in varying amounts from different local authorities.
Pupil Premium Grant (2018-2019)
Key principles for using the pupil premium grant at Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School
- Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School has a commitment to raise achievements for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and knows these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils must and is determined to achieve this.
- Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School never confuses eligible pupils with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.
- Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focussing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
- Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.
- Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
- Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School uses data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.
- The Head teacher has a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.
- Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School ensures class teachers and leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the academy.
Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School is a specialist provision with emphasis on students with needs associated with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum, moderate learning difficulties, emotional difficulties and SEMH difficulties and associated complex needs.
Lake End Road Dorney