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The pupil premium grant was introduced in 2011 in order for schools to provide support for looked after children and those from low income families to address the inequalities between those eligible for free school meals(FSM) and those children who are not. This additional funding is in addition to the school's main budget and we are accountable for its allocation to measures specifically targeted to address disadvantage. Children are tracked on a six weekly cycle with a specific focus on our disadvantaged pupils. This tracking not only ensures that no child is left behind but also allows us to tailor specific interventions regularly. The Pupil Premium Grant is used to fund a range of interventions and programmes designed to enable all of our children to achieve the success that they are entitled to, and to specifically address the barriers that may be impeding each and every child to achieve their full potential.
The PP grant and its allocation is allocated according to identified need, and changes on an annual basis. Here at Little Thurrock it is used to support the needs of the children for whom it is intended.
What are the factors affecting educational achievement at Little Thurrock?
Little Thurrock has a lower than average number of children entitled to the pupil premium. Over recent years our additional grant has been invested research based CPD, thus ensuring that the quality of education received is of the highest quality and impacting on all children, including those who need to make accelerated progress.
Our children enter EYFS with low levels of language and vocabulary, and money is invested in ensuring that provision enables the rapid development of language and communication, and a proportion of our PP grant is allocated for our speech therapist who supports here two days a week, as well as training staff with strategies and programs to overcome speech and language diffculties.
For many of our children, home circumstances can mean that support with reading, and learning, is more difficult,so we invest money in providing booster classes either before and after school, and ensuring that developing a love of reading, and the ability to read academically, are of the highest priority in our school. Our end of key stage 2 results show the impact of our targeted approach.
We also have a Home-School-Support team to help any of our families struggling with difficulties outside of school and which can impact on the education of children. The team provide attendance support, signposting to agencies and resources to help with parenting or relationship issues, and sometimes just offering a friendly face and a chat over a cup of tea.
Please click on the links below to view the Pupil Premium Statement: