Marlow C of E Infant School Pupil Premium Strategy

At Marlow C of E Infant School we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially. This undertaking is a reflection of our school's vision and values.

Marlow C of E Infant School is:

  A Christian family enriching lives, encouraging growth, creating possibilities.

 In our school all are valued as individuals.  We do this by:

    • Believing in everyone’s potential
    • Providing challenging independent learning opportunities
    • Offering a rich, exciting and stimulating environment
    • Encouraging a love for learning
    • Helping everyone take responsibility for their own development
    • Nurturing resilient learners
The values that underpin this vision are:

Trust, Respect, Kindness, Perseverance, Forgiveness, Thankfulness

In valuing all, we focus on the needs of each individual and ensure that we have the highest expectations for everyone and strive to ensure that every child is the best they can be.

When deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant ('PPG') it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by Pupil Premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and could include such factors as a lack of a basic physical need (eg. not sleeping enough), parents’ level of education so they are not able to support their child at home, general less support at home, social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties. Each child entitled to the PPG is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.

We ensure that:

  • A high profile is given to Pupil Premium Pupils
  • All staff are accountable for the progress of Pupil Premium children
At Marlow CE Infant School we undertake to ensure that pupil premium funding is used to give those eligible the same opportunities to achieve and progress in their learning as the rest of the pupils.  We aim to improve the rate of progress and level of achievement for these pupils through the use of carefully targeted strategies and interventions.

The strategies we use are split into 3 groups:

 1.Whole school strategies which benefit all pupils:

  • Quality teaching and learning, supported by a strong CPD culture
  • Engaging and relevant curriculum
  • Pupil level tracking, assessment and monitoring
  • Quality assessment
  • Effective reward, behaviour and attendance policies
  • Inclusive and positive school culture

 2.Targeted strategies for under-achieving pupils

  • Early intervention and targeted learning interventions
  • One –to one support and other ‘catch up’ provision
  • Monitoring and evaluation of impact of targeted interventions
  • Outside agency support
  • A pastoral and well-being culture
  • Social groups delivered using the SEAL resources
  • Developing self-esteem and confidence through listening to pupils, focusing on their talents and interests.
  • Parental engagement

 3.Targeted strategies to specifically benefit disadvantaged pupils

  • Subsidising school trips and other learning resources
  • Targeting of outside agency support
  • Additional transition support when moving between EYFS  to Year 1 and Year 2 to Year 3 at our feeder school at Holy Trinity CE(A) school

The number of pupils entitled to PPG at Marlow C of E infant school is small when compared to national figures and through our deployment of the PPG in recent years we have been able to narrow the achievement gap between those in receipt of PPG and those who are not. Progress meetings identify and address the areas of need for Pupil Premium children but with such small numbers it is difficult to identify trends.

 Our funding priorities for 2019-20 fall into 4 key areas:

  • Learning and the Curriculum
  • Parents and Families
  • Social and Emotional Support
  • Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum

 Specific areas of focus are to:

  • Continue to reduce maths attainment gap for those children in receipt of the Pupil Premium Plus in Year 2
  • Continue to reduce the gap for all Pupil Premium children in Year 1 in all areas of the curriculum
  • Identify areas to support the children in Reception earlier so that impact is seen in the Good Level of Development for Pupil Premium children in June 2020
 We will review this strategy in July 2020.