Worsbrough Common Primary School recognises that all pupils, regardless of their background, should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to reach their potential. The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money to pupils from deprived backgrounds, which, research shows; underachieve, compared to their peers.

The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals. Looked After Children and those of Armed Service Personnel are also eligible for this increased funding. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils.

The identified barriers and challenges for our children are:

· Poor speaking, listening and communication skills on entry to EYFS
· Historically disadvantaged pupils do not achieve as well as non-disadvantaged pupils
· A large percentage of disadvantaged children, attending school, attitudes to education are poor and the households in which they live have poor aspirations and employment rates are low.
· Many families face generational unemployment.
· Disadvantaged children’s attendance rates are traditionally not as high as their non-disadvantaged peers.

The school leaders will be monitoring the impact of the spending plan throughout the academic year through, good or better quality teaching, termly work scrutiny, pupil progress/moderation challenge meetings, as well as monitoring of attendance and strategies to support with input from the Education Welfare Officer. The impact of the monitoring process is then reported to governors termly via the head teachers report. A yearly impact review of the pupil premium spending plan is carried out. This is due for renewal July 2020.

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