Pupil Premium: The Hyde Park Junior School Ethos
At Hyde Park Junior School we believe a school should be a learning community, a place where everyone has the same chance to develop and succeed, where all should aspire to excellence. We are relentless in pursuing high standards in English and mathematics but we know we must ensure that our pupils are resilient and have a positive attitude to challenge and change.
In striving to maximise the outcomes for all pupils we constantly evaluate the effect of our teaching on our pupils learning and achievement. We use research evidence (such as the Sutton Trust toolkit) and others’ experience to allocate the funding to the activities that are most likely to have an impact on improving achievement and closing the gaps for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
We do this by
- Following an assessment cycle that priorities the rapid identification, of which pupils are underachieving, particularly in English (reading and writing) and Mathematics;
Adapting our teaching strategies to improve pupils understanding
- Regular reviewing outcomes for pupils to ensure that our teaching strategies are meeting their needs
- Constantly striving to and ensure that all teaching meets the needs of each learner, rather than relying on interventions to compensate for teaching that is less than good;
- Holding termly pupil progress meetings to discuss whether interventions or techniques are working and make adjustments accordingly.
- Ensuring that support staff, particularly teaching assistants, are highly trained and understand their role in helping pupils to achieve;
- Systematically focusing on giving pupils clear, useful feedback about their work, and ways that they could improve it.
- Ensuring that all staff know which pupils were eligible for the Pupil Premium so that they could take responsibility for accelerating their progress.
- Ensuring that pupils and parents are active partners in the learning process with a direct supporting role in co-educating their children.