WHI Pupil Premium Strategy
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson
At West Hove Infant School, we believe that all children have an equal right to access the curriculum and make progress in their learning, regardless of gender, race, background or ability. Our Teaching & Learning ethos and Pupil Premium Strategy ensures that children are at the centre of our approach. We are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially. We recognise that disadvantaged children can face a wide range of barriers, which may affect their learning. In developing our curriculum, provision and practices across the school, we always consider the needs of our most disadvantaged pupils and no child gets lost in the children. We pride ourselves on knowing our children well and ensuring personal provision based on the individual needs of the child. Inclusion is at the heart of the school and we have recently federated with our link junior school which is a flagship IQM school. We have worked closely together to ensure that our educationally disadvantaged pupils leave their primary education achieving well and making good progress.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM), at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The Pupil Premium aims to address the current underlying inequalities, which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.
The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who are adopted from local authority care, looked after continuously for more than one day, and the children of service personnel.
Our governing body tracks the achievement of children who qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant. They ensure their needs are clearly identified/met and that their progress is closely monitored throughout the school, as well as tracking the gap in their achievement as compared to their peers. This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2021 to 2022 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year 2022-23, and the effect that last year is spending of pupil premium had within our school.
When deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant (‘PPG’) we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by our disadvantaged pupils in the context of our school. We recognise that the reasons for underachievement are many and varied. Each child is unique in their situation and our response to their needs reflects this. However, we also look at the needs of the group as a whole and make use of a wide range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.
Our key objective in using the PPG is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between our Disadvantaged Pupils (DA) and our non-DA pupils and ensure all of disadvantaged pupils have a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that:
- A high profile is given to DA Pupils
- All staff are accountable for the progress of DA pupils.
The progress and attainment of all pupils at West Hove Infants is carefully and regularly tracked and analysed in order to tailor provision and identify ways forward.
View the full Pupil Premium Statement 2023-24 and Review of 2022-23.