Barlby Primary School is committed to ensuring all children achieve the highest academic standards and any disadvantage as a result of pupils’ home circumstances is redressed as quickly and effectively as possible.
Pupil Premium (PP) is a grant given to schools for each child who claims free school meals currently or who has done so in the past six years. The government provides this grant so that schools can allocate additional support to ensure that the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils at least match or are rapidly approaching those of other pupils nationally and in the school.
Pupil premium funding at Barlby is allocated to reduce class sizes and improve pupil-adult ratios. Barlby serves a diverse community where deprivation is high. Access to additional academic and pastoral support is crucial for the community. Barlby is a 1.5 entry school (45 spaces in each year group). Historically, classes were organised to include mixed classes e.g. Year 3/4. This is far from ideal and the school leadership took the decision to spend PP funding on organising the school to include two small classes in each year group. This organisation has led to considerable success.
Funding is allocated to ensure all pupils in receipt of the PP have the necessary support to reach at least national standards of attainment in the core areas of reading, writing and mathematics by the time they leave the school. Further PP funds are used to ensure pupils are able to play a full part in the life of the school, removing any differences in opportunity that might occur as a result of financial constraints.
Ultimately all funds, both those derived from the PP and those from the main school budget that supplement these, are used to ensure equity of experience and outcomes for the most disadvantaged children with their peers.