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Pupil Premium

The document available to download, outlines Nelson Primary's strategy for utilising pupil premium and recovery premium funding to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils during the 2023-2024 academic year. It also presents the outcomes achieved with these funds in the previous academic year (2022-2023). 

Key points:

  • School context: Nelson Primary serves a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils in Ladywood, Birmingham.
  • Challenges: Pupils enter school significantly behind national averages in various areas, including phonics, reading, writing, and vocabulary. Additionally, the pandemic and the rising cost of living have impacted their well-being.
  • Strategy: Our strategy focusses on:
    • Early Years: Accelerating progress in nursery and reception through interventions like Soundtots and additional phonics support.
    • Targeted academic support: Providing one-to-one and small group tutoring, particularly for phonics, reading, and writing.
    • Wider strategies: Enhancing pastoral care and mental health support to address well-being concerns.
    • Investing in teachers: Training them in effective teaching methods and utilising TAs strategically.
  • Budget: £440,319 allocated to teaching, targeted academic support, and wider strategies.
  • Previous year's outcomes: We saw progress in several areas, including:
    • Increased vocabulary knowledge and improved reading attainment amongst Year 5 disadvantaged pupils.
    • A higher proportion of disadvantaged pupils meeting expected standards in writing compared to the previous year.
    • Improved well-being indicators based on pupil surveys and reduced reported concerns.

Overall, Nelson Primary's pupil premium strategy aims to empower disadvantaged pupils to reach their full potential, bridging the attainment gap and fostering their social and emotional well-being.


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