Our School Vision
At Lower Farm, we believe that all children have the right to succeed and thrive regardless of socio-economic factors. As an attachment aware school, we have a strong commitment to providing a nurturing environment, where everyone can grow and learn together. We aim to support children to make rapid and sustained progress, closing the gap between them and their peers.
All our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress - moving children to, at least, age related expectations by the end of each Key Stage. More specifically, children who are not on track at the end of Reception should have closed the gap and be at age related expectations by the end of Year 2. Using the EYFS Premium funding, children who are low on entry will be making accelerated progress towards, or reaching age related expectations by the end of Reception. Pupil Premium resources are used to support all qualifying pupils including higher attaining children with previously high levels of achievement.
Lower Farm Principles for Pupil Premium
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all children.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups. We assess the
needs of socially disadvantaged pupils to ensure that their individual needs are met.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all children who receive free school
meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We quickly identify socially disadvantaged pupils who are falling behind and ensure that our provision enables them to close the academic gaps between them and their peers.
- We recognise that there are a range of barriers to children’s progress and ensure our provision is flexible in order to be able to respond to individual need.
In line with the DfE all of our activities provided for children eligible for Pupil Premium:
- Support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development;
- Provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring; and
- Tackle non-academic barriers to academic success, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support
Provision at Lower Farm
- 1:1 or small group intervention
- Extra teaching assistants
- Catch-up sessions before or after school for English, Maths and Phonics.
- Providing nurture provision for children who needs social and emotional support.
- First refusal on after school curricular activities.
- All children who have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years.
- All children in care and children with special guardianship orders who are entitled to pupil premium plus.
- We recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium grant to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Children not in receipt of pupil premium or identified as socially disadvantaged may be included in intervention groups.
Within this group, all children are eligible for intervention. This includes high attaining pupils, those with special educational needs or children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.