At Future Academies Primary Schools, Pupil Premium funding is used to support the learning of disadvantaged pupils based on the following principles:
- Good teaching benefits disadvantaged pupils most - as a result, we invest in experienced and effective class teachers.
- Effective tracking enables timely intervention - by individually monitoring pupils for both progress, as well as attainment, we aim to intervene before gaps in attainment widen, as well as support FSM pupils of all abilities in making accelerated progress.
- Pupils who are behind need additional learning time to catch up - we invest in raising attendance, extended day provision, homework rooms and tutoring to enable gaps to narrow. We also aim to maximise the effectiveness of home learning through support for parents.
- Early intervention is crucial - we understand the impact of early identification, and invest in work with parents and pupils during EYFS.
- Life experiences and cultural literacy raise aspirations - so we invest in visiting experts, residential experiences and cultural activities.
- Meaningful evaluation maximises impact - we aim to evaluate the impact of expenditure, wherever possible, and reflect these findings in our future spending. We also use evidence-based research, such as the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) Toolkit, to inform our judgements.
Each year, allocation of funding is determined by the identified gaps in attainment, knowledge of the pupils, and evaluation of the effectiveness of previous spending.