Pupil Premium is more than just a budget for Heathcote. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that every pupil comes to school ready to learn, this, in turn, will raise attainment for a Pupil Premium cohort. It is of the utmost importance that staff identify and support barriers to learning, evidence suggests that majority of such barriers are outside of school. We work closely with our families and their wider network to ensure that they have access to a wide range of services. We use our Pupil Premium budget to support the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and ensure they receive a high quality education. Each of our Pupil Premium pupils have a passport that explores their barriers for learning and offers small targets based on their individual needs, this is completed between teacher, parent and pupil. At times the targets are academic however many times they may have a more pastoral aim.
At Heathcote we recognise that a pupil does not need to be eligible for Pupil Premium funding in order to access our support program. Therefore staff are trained to deliver the Thrive Approach across whole school to helps us identify gaps in child development and give clear objectives to help pupils build on their developmental needs.
Our strategies aim to provide the pupils with the best possible educational experience. We this in mind we have used part of our budget to employ a fully qualified teacher to deliver extra support in the form of small group or one to one interventions. Our intervention teacher works very closely with class teachers to ensure gaps are addressed and small steps to success are identified. This are closely monitored by our Pupil Premium Champion.
We strive to ensure that teaching and learning across our school is of a consistently high quality. Our staff have access to a vast range of CPD opportunities such as National Teaching College courses, Developing People through Communities Academies Trust and our own specialised CPD programme. This will ensure that all pupils have the skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future careers.
Over the next 3 years we aim to have:
- Embedded the Thrive Approach across our school, this is to include Family Thrive
- To close the attainment gap between PP and non PP pupils
- To ensure families are well supported so to ensure attendance and lateness are not impacting of children’s learning.
Are you eligible for free school meals?
Did you know that our school receives funding to help children who are eligible for free school meals?
This means we can help support families to enrich their children’s’ learning experiences.
Even if your child already receives universal free school meals (Reception, Year 1 and 2) you may still be entitled to apply!
Families who receive the following are eligible for free school meals:
- income support
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
- guarantee element of state pension credit
- Universal Credit (with an annual income of less than £7,400)
- Both income-based and contribution-based JSA/ESA if you receive the same amount for both. You should also qualify if you receive both but the income-based amount is greater, but not if the contribution-based amount is greater.
- Families who are awarded Child Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HMRC, not in excess of £16,190 are also eligible to claim free school meals providing there is no entitlement to Working Tax Credit (unless in respect of a 4-week ‘run-on’).
Please go directly to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education-learning/apply-free-school-meals or call 01926 742543 to apply.
If you need any further help please contact Mrs Shirley - Pupil Premium Champion