Pupil Premium

The staff and Local Board members of Lindfield Primary Academy are committed to ensuring that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all its pupils, to allow them to reach their potential.

We work to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. We recognise that the pupil premium funding is allocated to children in receipt of free school meals and is a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and in particular, diminishing the difference in achievement and attainment. In making appropriate provision for this we also acknowledge that not all pupils in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged. Similarly we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.

Pupil Premium Vision

Pupil Premium Policy

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Pupil premium funding is targeted primarily at:

  • Children from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals
  • Children who are, who have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years (ever 6 FSM)
  • Children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months and
  • Children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces
  • From April 2014 this funding extended to children who have been adopted, those on special guardianship orders and those children on a residency order.

    If you fall into any of these criteria please follow the link below and complete the online form.

    https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/#how-to-apply_tab

    Should you have difficulty with this link or being able to get on-line, please pop in to the front office, where they will happily assist you with this, or alternatively provide a hard copy.

    Years 2017/18:

    As of September 2017 we are supporting 33 children and by the end of this academic year (ie 31st August) we estimate our PP funding will be £36,000.

    The main barriers to educational achievement which our disadvantaged children face are:

    • A significant number of these children have complex emotional needs
    • Certain pupils do not have access to the additional opportunities that are needed to provide a rounded education
    • Certain parents of these children have busy home lives with financial constraints which affect the amount of quality time and resources they can make available to their children

    Currently the grant is being spent in the following ways:

    • Providing PP children with small group and one-to-one quality focus teaching of Maths and Writing
    • Allocated Teacher Assistant support for specific individual children
    • Supporting PP children financially to go on academy visits and residential opportunities
    • Purchase of specific learning material, test papers etc

    We plan to measure the impact of all these interventions this year by plotting progress against individual learning/developmental targets and the use of standardised tests.

    The academic results of all Key Stage 1 and KS2 pupils, including separate sections on PP children, are published annually by the Department for Education (“Raise on Line”) and are available to all parents. This information will be rigorously used to monitor our progress by diminishing the difference between PP children and the remainder of the Academy.

    The PP Co-ordinator is supported by a Local Board member who has specific responsibility for this very important area and they meet at least once a term to discuss and agree strategy.

    The date of the next Pupil Premium Strategy Meeting is Wednesday January 17th 2018

    The date of the next Pupil Progress Meetings will be held the week commencing 16th October 2017

    Extracted from Growth Mindsets: help your child try new things

    How can I help my child to develop a Growth Mind-set?

    The exciting thing about the growth mind-set approach is that it is not just about ability. It focuses on what people believe about ability – and there are lots of ways that we can help our children to develop a growth mind-set.

    Research has shown that Mind-sets can be changed relatively quickly and there are plenty of things that parents and families can do to help. Below are a few tips and ideas that can help promote a growth mind-set in children:

    • Set high expectations for your child,
    • Encourage children to be resilient and not give up, even when they find something difficult or frustrating,
    • Celebrate mistakes!
    • Use inspirational role models.

    Learn about Growth Mind-set with the following links which we share with the children:

    Meet Ned the Neuron.
    This is Chapter 1, A Secret about the Brain which follows the Dojo Monsters learning about growth mind-set. Why not follow the story through the remaining 4 chapters too.
    This website is useful for adults.
    This shows the value of perseverance and feedback.