We believe in maximising the use of the pupil premium grant (PPG) by utilising a long-term strategy aligned to the SDP (School Development Plan). This enables us to implement a blend of short, medium and long-term interventions, and align pupil premium use with wider school improvements and improving readiness to learn.
Overcoming barriers to learning is at the heart of our PPG use. We understand that needs and costs will differ depending on the barriers to learning being addressed. As such, we do not automatically allocate personal budgets per pupil in receipt of the PPG. Instead, we identify the barrier to be addressed and the interventions required, whether in small groups, large groups, the whole school or as individuals, and allocate a budget accordingly.
Setting priorities is key to maximising the use of the PPG. Our priorities are as follows:
Barriers to future attainment
Hingham is a rural town. Parts of Hingham, are among some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country, with regards to factors such as fuel poverty; Hingham 14% (% well above the national average), Norfolk 11.5%, England 10.3% (source: Norfolk Insight 2021). The economic position of families is therefore mixed. The issues affecting the families suffering from some form of deprivation are the mixed economy of the area, rural isolation, poor academic achievement, low aspiration and poor access to support services, due to lack of transport.
Our implementation process
We believe in selecting a small number of priorities and giving them the best chance of success. We also believe in evidence-based interventions and learning from our experiences, which is why we utilise annual reviews to ensure our approach is effective and we can cease or amend interventions that are not having the intended impact.
Our review process
During an annual review, we will review the success of each intervention, based on evidence, and determine the most effective approach moving forwards – adapting, expanding or ceasing the intervention as required.
Individual targets are set for each pupil in receipt of the PPG and their progress towards achieving these targets is analysed at the end of interventions.