Pupil Premium Grant
The pupil premium is a grant given to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The school decides the most effective way to use the grant to improve the attainment of eligible pupils. The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are Looked After as an indicator for deprivation. In addition to accelerating academic achievement, we use this grant to support our pupils progress through supporting their social and emotional development. Barriers to attainment for our pupils are complex due to their social, emotional and mental health needs. Poor attendance, breakdown of family relationships, cultural, social, financial concerns and health issues are all factors that impact upon our pupil’s ability to engage in their learning.
Outstanding teaching and learning is paramount to the progress of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. This remains a consistent and relentless focus at Holly House, one that the staff are committed to whole heartedly.
The pupil premium will be allocated through tiered response with the priority on high quality teaching and the recruitment and retention of key staff. This aligns alongside the school development plan which identifies an evidence-based approach to raising achievement for all pupils. The development of self-regulation (drawing upon the EEF guidance report) is another key feature of our strategic plan for targeted support
The key areas of challenge:
- Raise academic attainment; particularly in literacy
- Improve social interaction and communication
- Improve pupils' ability to recognise and regulate their emotions
- Enrichment of aspiration through cultural experience
- Meeting physiological and psychological needs