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What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After), the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.

At Waterfront UTC we plan ahead strategically to make the best possible use of the Pupil Premium fund and ensure that every child can make great progress. Please read the information below which gives details of how we allocate the funding.

How are Waterfront UTC overcoming the barriers?

Waterfront UTC has a Senior Leader and a Governor who has responsibility for PP students.

  1. Quality First Teaching

Effective differentiation techniques driven by high quality CPD means all students are able to exceed expectations.

  1. Pupil Premium students are identified on Seating Plans

Often the weaker able students are sat next to a stronger peer to encourage a ‘Collaborative Learning Approach’.

  1. Feedback + Individualised Instruction

Detailed and regular Assessment Data to recognise gaps and strong individualised Raising Achievement Targets which clear show where and how to improve.

  1. Parental Engagement

Regular meetings with parents/carers, including the student, to summaries areas for development and excellent practise. Meetings to support well-being of student and family including liaising with external agencies.

  1. Teaching Assistant Interventions

Identify areas of need and use in-class or small group LSAs to improve learning and bridge knowledge gaps – Literacy and Numeracy

  1. Learning Styles

Dedicate time in CPD to tailor different learning needs to those students. Preferred learning styles are identified on Passports and will include students predominantly with diagnosed or undiagnosed needs.

  1. Effective Monitoring Programme

Pupil Premium Students are a focus for routine Learning Walks to enable constructive staff development and proactive action areas.

  1. Provide financial support for educational/well-being resources and where needed

Laptops, revision guides, trips, uniform, PE kit, transport, hygiene products etc. Increased capacity in Pastoral Care and Attendance (AASSA – Attendance Advisory Service to Schools and Academies) – supporting well-being and maximising attendance

  1. Computer Based Reading Programme & DEAR to support improvements in Literacy and promote the ‘Love of Literacy’
  1. Clear, simple and consistent Behaviour Management Policy