Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
Springfield is a community school – it’s in our name. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to serve and reflect our diverse and vibrant community where everyone belongs and is included. We know that ‘the curriculum is the substance of what is taught. It is the specific plan of what learners need to know and should be able to do. The curriculum shapes and determines what learners of all ages will get out of their educational experience’ (Ofsted, 2019). Using this definition as a basis, we view our curriculum as our children’s opportunity and we aim to provide the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve the life chances for all our educationally disadvantaged pupils.
Our school ethos is underpinned by the highest expectations of all children and there is a school-wide commitment to securing and raising achievement for disadvantaged pupils; this includes securing progress for those who are already high attainers. Our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or challenges they may face, make strong progress and attain highly across all subject areas. We are highly ambitious, respond to what we know to be good practice, draw on research and ensure that our vision for improvement is clear. High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach. Research evidence proves that this will have the greatest impact on closing any attainment gaps and will also benefit non-disadvantaged pupils at our school. A strategic and personalised approach to professional development ensures that all pupils have access to the best teachers and are supported by well-trained additional adults.