At Holbrook we passionately believe that all children have the right to realise their potential. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our pupils and are determined to overcome barriers to enhance access. We aim to use the Pupil Premium funding to have maximum impact on pupils’ wellbeing, progress and attainment. We seek opportunities to collaborate with outside agencies and explore innovative approaches. We work closely with the Virtual School to ensure best practice for all pupils including those who receive Pupil Premium + funding.
Holbrook has a Pupil Premium working party which includes the Deputy Head Teacher, the SENCO / Inclusion Manager, the Pastoral Manager, the School Business Manager and the Vice Chair of Governors. The working party meet regularly to review our guiding principles, discuss best practice and reflect on the impact of initiatives.
As a school we believe that Pupil Premium funding should be spent to benefit all pupils wherever possible and many of our initiatives are planned to support this aim. However, we acknowledge that the individual needs of children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium + funding need to be considered differently. This additional funding (£980 per pupil, per year) is ring fenced and is allocated on a case by case basis in discussion with Parents / Carers.
Pupil Premium spending has been planned strategically to have maximum impact on pupil progress and attainment.
Pupil Premium + spending guidelines:
We are currently facing additional challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite many school measures to support parents including a high quality remote learning offer, gifting / loaning devices, supporting families in receipt of free school meals, and many other supportive measures we have seen gaps open up for many of our children. Children who qualify for pupil premium funding have been affected by periods of partial school closure; especially in years 3 and 4. Many other vulnerable children have also been impacted by the events of the past 18 months. The recovery premium will be utilised to best support these children and ensure that gaps start to narrow rapidly. In addition to this we will commence school based tutoring to provide additional, tailored support to children who need it.
The intent, implementation and impact of pupil premium funding was monitored by Ofsted during the latest inspection (March 2020). The allocation and impact of Pupil Premium funding is scrutinised annually by the local authority and throughout the academic year the FGB undertake scrutiny of pupil premium budget and expenditure alongside pupil progress and attainment data.