The Pupil Premium: Using it to make a difference at Harehills Primary School
|What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After), the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.
Harehills Primary is a large 3-form entry school with 714 pupils. We serve an area of significant deprivation and our pupils come from a wide range of ethnic minority backgrounds (15/17 possible ethnic groups and 36 languages are spoken). The majority of our pupils are of Pakistani heritage and we have an increasing number of pupils from Eastern European and African countries arriving in school with little or no English, and no previous schooling. There is a significant language barrier in school with 89% of our pupils’ proficiency in English ranging from New to English to Developing Competence, and a large number of pupils enter school with delayed language and reading skills. Currently, the percentage of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding is 28% (Spring census 2020), this figure is decreasing year on year, which is another significant barrier. We believe among other factors, this decrease is because many of our families are new to the country and therefore unentitled to Free School Meals and other benefits, and also it has become increasing difficult for families to claim eligibility for Free School Meals under new benefits criteria..
Harehills Primary is determined that all pupils are given the best possible chance to achieve their full potential through the highest standards of Quality First Teaching, focussed support, curriculum enrichment, and pastoral care. We believe the additional provision delivered through the Pupil Premium funding should be available to all pupils within school who we know to be disadvantaged and vulnerable, irrespective of whether they are eligible for the funding. Indeed, it should be noted that many of the pupils identified as requiring additional levels of support are not necessarily those who fulfil the FSM eligibility criteria. There is no expectation that all Pupil Premium funded pupils will receive identical support and the allocation of the budget for each pupil feeds into the whole school budget as opposed to being ring fenced. The school considers best ways to allocate Pupil Premium money annually following rigorous data analysis and the careful consideration of the needs of the pupils.
We have a clear, strategic 3-part model approach for Pupil Premium funding provision, which focuses on the following:
- whole-school strategies that impact on all pupils
- focussed support to target under-performing pupils
- specific support targeting pupil premium pupils
Our determined and committed leadership team and wider staff ensure that Pupil Premium funding and provision impacts achievement, attendance and pastoral care. This includes two identified governors having responsibility for Pupil Premium, the Deputy Head teacher, Assistant Head teachers and TLCPs responsible for monitoring provision and outcomes, and the wider staff team to implement and evaluate provision. The Deputy Head teacher and Assistant Head teachers regularly evaluate pupil premium outcomes compared to other pupils in school to ensure the correct strategies and provision are in place.
Harehills Primary School actively promotes equality of opportunity for all staff, governors, pupils and parents, creating a harmonious learning community where all can succeed.
Ofsted November 2015
"Pupil Premium funding is used very effectively and provides additional teaching and support for pupils’ welfare. As a result, disadvantaged pupils often make better progress than other pupils, relative to their individual starting points. The school carefully identifies any factors that cause pupils to fall behind and carefully plans how pupils can be helped to catch up."
Pupil Premium Funding Action Plans for current and previous years
|PP Action Plan 2018-2019||PP Action Plan 2019-2020||PP Action Plan 2020-2021|
Diminishing the Difference
Data Headlines for Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium Funded) Pupils
|Data Headlines July 2017-2019|
For further information about the use of the Pupil Premium at Harehills Primary School please contact
Mrs Jo Lee – Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Janet Haywood - Pupil Premium Governor
Miss Annette Berry - Pupil Premium Governor
Further information about school data is available through the link to the Department for Education website on the Standard and Achievements section of our website.