• White Lee Road Batley West Yorkshire WF17 8AS

Fairfield School

Pupil Premium and Looked After Children

All our pupils at Fairfield School have a combination of complex/profound learning and/or medical needs. In our context as a special school where the barriers to pupils’ learning are more complex and profound than social-economic factors, funding is allocated more appropriately by focusing on enabling pupils to access opportunities beyond possibly their normal experiences, developing their social skills, independence and self-esteem.

Fairfield School believes in the importance of meeting the individual needs of every young person through daily teaching and learning opportunities. The academic and social progress of all pupils are a result of quality teaching, high levels of support and experience of staff, and provision which is personalised to meet individual needs. The contribution in terms of staffing, provision and resources, in addition to quality teaching, enables our pupils entitled to pupil premium to further develop and succeed.

Funding is used to enhance staffing and provision across school to provide quality teaching and support within positive learning environments. The objectives for pupil premium funding is to:

  • enhance communication skills and social experiences
  • raise pupil attainment, achievements and experiences
  • develop pupil confidence and self-esteem

Smaller classes with higher staffing ratios (1 teacher and at least three support staff) enable targeted and focused support to be given to each pupil to maximise pupil learning opportunities.

At Fairfield we:

  • focus on effective teaching and learning through individual and personalised learning opportunities incorporating academic progress and social development
  • provide focused targeted support across the curriculum and school day as required
  • provide additional support to enable pupils to access range of learning opportunities, in school and the community
  • are aware of the current levels of performance for all pupils, and allocate appropriate resources to meet individual needs
  • monitor and track the progress of individual pupils to identify any cause for concerns
  • Follow a triangulation process where additional support and interventions are identified and agreed as appropriate
  • expect good attendance and provide support via our Children and Welfare Manager to families, as required

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantages reaches the pupils who need it most. 

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how Pupil Premium funding, which is allocated to schools per pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, however, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by Pupil Premium.

Since September 2012, we have been required to publish information about how we have used the Premium. This ensures that parents/carers are made fully aware of the educational attainment of pupils covered.