What is the Pupil Premium?
Miss Hodges leads this area. The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2020, children who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) will receive £1345; £2345 goes to any child who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £310 goes to pupils whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and specifically the impact of lockdown, the government introduced catch-up funding for the 2020-21 academic year. The Covid catch up premium was £80 per pupil for year groups Reception to Year 6. We received a total payment of £13,360.
Schools were directed to use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the DfE guidance on Curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools had the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published a Support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. Schools were expected to use this document to help them direct their additional funding in the most effective way.
Our intent was to help children catch up. In terms of implementation, during the Autumn Term, we started running additional catch up sessions for the children utilising existing school staff rather than external agencies. We believe that school staff are best placed to support the children as they know their needs. This resumed once schools fully reopened in March.
We purchased a number of resources and interventions including:
- Shine Maths Intervention
- Shine Reading Intervention
- Bespoke phonics training for teachers and teaching assistants
- Nessy Reading and Spelling (Dyslexia support)
- GL Assessment WellComm – Speech and language support for Early Years
- SNAP Behaviour Intervention
- SNAP SPLD (Specific Learning Difficulties) Intervention
- Letterjoin – Online handwriting scheme
We are also taking part in the DfE Reception year early language programme, NELI, which is free to schools.
In terms of impact, our usual assessment mechanisms are enabling us to measure impact and progress. We completed a baseline assessment in September 2020 and end of term assessments in December 2020. We completed another assessment round when schools fully reopened again, in March 2021, and are currently completing end of year assessments, in June 2021.