Grangetown Primary School

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Pupil Premium - THE GPS 'ASPIRE' PROJECT

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ASPIRE: A GPS Pupil Premium Initiative

Making a Difference at Grangetown through our ASPIRE programme: aspirational, innovative, inclusive.

Plans and Impact - click below to find out how we have used Pupil Premium, year on year, and how the funding has made an impact.

2011-12  2012-13  2013-14  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals and those looked after by the local authority.

What did Ofsted (2013) say about our use of Pupil Premium?

"The progress of pupils supported by the pupil premium, including those known to be eligible for free school meals is improving. The effective action taken to provide one-to-one support for these pupils has accelerated the rate of their progress. Good teaching continues to ensure that any gaps in their attainment compared to other pupils are closing rapidly and that they make the same good progress as other pupils in the school. Their attainment is now average in English and mathematics. This shows the school’s commitment to promoting equal opportunities and tackling discrimination." (quote from our Ofsted Inspection Report, 2013).

Aims of the GPS ASPIRE Programme

To ensure that every child entitled to free school meals receives the support he/she needs: (i) to develop as a confident, resilient, independent learner, (ii) to develop academic and social skills, (iii) so that talents can be unlocked & nurtured (academic, creative, sporting etc), (iv) to access the curriculum fully, (v) to make good academic progress, and (vi) to achieve at least national expectations particularly in the Literacy and Numeracy.

As ASPIRE develops, we will examine the research into the impact of disadvantage, and into how schools can best tackle this. For example, these reports have caught our attention recently, and we have used each of them in our Staff Meetings, SLT meetings and CPD sessions (click each title to view and/or download): 

- Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: articulating success and good practice Research report November 2015 (DfE)
Ofsted -The Pupil Premium: How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement;
The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit;Raising The Achievement of White Working Class Pupils: School Strategies
Twenty Outstanding Primary Schools - Excelling Against the Odds (Ofsted);
A Practical Guide to helping disadvantaged learners - Making the most of The Pupil Premium (Pearson);
Cambridgeshire Pupil Premium Handbook. 

These videos (from Oxford School Improvement) are also useful, in terms of looking at how Pupil Premium can be effectively used:

(i) Jean Gross - basic facts about the Pupil Premium
(ii) Using the Pupil Premium: what works and what doesn’t
(iii) Leadership and management of Pupil Premium