PUPIL PREMIUM The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. Overview The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is aimed at Reception to Year 11 pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). This category now includes any child who has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The funding also covers children in care aged 4–15 who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. These are referred to as Children Looked After (CLA). A service premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces. We always ensure that matters regarding the use of the Pupil Premium Grant are treated sensitively and with discretion. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils and we recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. In the academic year 2018-19, Cypress Primary School will have an allocation of £216,480 for PPG. SUMMARY OF MAIN BARRIERS TO ACHIEVEMENT IN ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/19 Trends in our data have identified the following areas as the main barriers which we aim to overcome using our additional funding for eligible pupils this academic year: Diminishing the difference between the performance of boys and girls – particularly disadvantaged boys – in writing at KS1; Raise achievement in all subjects for PPG children especially for low-attaining children through targeted intervention; Monitor and target PPG children across the school to ensure that the performance of PPG children in all cohorts is in line with non disadvantaged peers and where it is not put support in place to diminish the difference; Monitor and target PPG children with high prior attainment (more able) to ensure high achievement HOW WE WILL SPEND PPG TO ADDRESS THESE BARRIERS IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/19 We aim to target our spending to overcome these main barriers by: Funding 1:1 and small group support intervention from teachers and teaching assistants to address areas where learning is either falling behind or could be further accelerated; Funding educational experiences for eligible children which enhance the curriculum and engender a life-long love of learning; Investing in reading support software and on line resources to support the development of reading at home; Where appropriate, supporting with after-school and pre-school care and clubs so that stability is established and attendance or punctuality can be addressed; Developing our pastoral support service with our Emotional Literacy Support Assistants to address barriers holistically. HOW WE MEASURE THE IMPACT OF OUR PPG SPENDING DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/19 We will measure the impact of our pupil premium spending by: Analysing performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers; Analysing in year data which looks at the progress and attainment of different groups of pupils within the school on a termly basis; Monitoring and evaluating the outcome of teacher and TA led intervention work regularly. The review of the impact of our PPG spending strategy is ongoing throughout the year and reported to MACs (Governors) on a termly basis.