Pupil Premium Statement –
The Pupil Premium Grant provides funding for two separate policies:
- Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their full potential.
- Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
Pupil Premium funding is available for all children eligible for free school meals (FSM) or children who have been eligible for free school meals in the past 6 years (Ever 6). The Pupil Premium Grant per-pupil rate for 2021-2022 is currently £1,345 for FSM and Ever-6 children.
Pupil Premium Plus funding is available for all looked–after children (LAC) defined by the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English Authority. Pupil Premium Plus funding is also available for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (Post-LAC). The Pupil Premium Plus Grant per-pupil rate for 2020-2021 is currently £2,345 for LAC and Post-LAC children.
Early Years Pupil Premium Funding is additional funding that the government is making available for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three and four year olds. The Early Years Pupil Premium Funding is an additional £0.53 per hour per child, which equates to £302.10 per year if a child takes up their full 570 hours free early education entitlement.
Service Premium per child is funding available for children whose parents are in the armed forces or are recorded as an Ever 6 service child (parent was in the armed forces) or are in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. The service premium for 2021 – 2022 is £310 per pupil.
Pupil premium has a number of wide aims:
- To increase social mobility.
- To enable pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to top universities.
- To reduce the attainment gap between the highest/lowest achieving pupils nationally.
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement
The school aims to effectively and efficiently use resources to have the maximum impact on the outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. The school adopts a tiered approach to supporting disadvantaged pupils in order to balance approaches to improving teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies. Within this tiered model an evidence based approach has been adopted. The tiered approach will ensure the school focuses on a small number of strategies that are likely to make the biggest difference.
Quality first teaching is one of the biggest drivers of pupil attainment, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Consequently, improving quality first teaching will be a top priority for pupil premium spending. Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including children who are not making good progress across the spectrum of achievement. Therefore, the strategy will consider how classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, including how to link structured one-to-one support or small group intervention to classroom teaching. Wider strategies which relate to the most significant non-academic barriers to success in our school will also be identified and planned for.
Covid – 19 pandemic
Impact of school closures on the attainment gap
Although all children have had their education disrupted by the Covid –19 pandemic, it is likely that the biggest impact will have been for disadvantaged pupils. Rapid evidence assessment aimed to examine the impact of school closures on the attainment gap has published a number of key findings and implications:
- School closures are likely to reverse progress made to narrow the gap in the last decade.
- Supporting effective remote learning will mitigate the extent to which the gap widens.
- Sustained support will be needed to help disadvantaged pupils catch up.
Alongside, pupil premium funding the school will use the Catch–Up Premium, the National Tutoring Programme and the Early Years Support for school (Nuffield Early Language Intervention) to support all disadvantaged pupils.
In the event of any pupils being required to access remote learning, the school will continue to provide support with technology to ensure all disadvantaged pupils can access digital education platforms. A remote learning policy will ensure teachers provide quality first teaching for all pupils.
Involvement with projects and research
Parents and Children Together (PACT)
Our Early Years Unit is currently taking part in a trial funded by the Education Endownment Foundation called PACT (Parents and children together). PACT is an early language intervention programme which parents deliver to their child in their own home. PACT has promising evidence of impacts from a recent RCT led by its developer. All families eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium were actively encouraged to participate in the PACT programme.
Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI)
The Department for Education are working with the Education Endownment Foundation to make the Nuffield Early Language Intervention available to schools as part of the Coronavirus catch-up premium. The school is registered to access this intervention programme, with Reception children being screened in the Autumn term. NELI is a high-quality, evidence-based, 20 week intervention designed to improve the language skills of Reception age pupils. A recent trial of the programme found that children made on average three months of additional progress compared to children in the comparison group.