Pupil Premium & Catch-Up Premium
Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/2021 (Updated Spring 2021)
What is Pupil Premium?
It is additional funding that is given to schools so that they can support and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. It also supports children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
In the 2020-21 academic year Ingleton Primary School has been allocated £9,690 Pupil Premium Grant. In total we had 7 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium in April 2020 at the time of funding allocation. Since July 2020 an additional 5 children have become eligible for Free School Meals. Our 2021-22 funding will reflect this rise.
The school receives £1345 per primary pupil (reception to year 6) who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years. School receives £2345 for looked-after children defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English Local Authority. Any pupil in reception to year 6 who has been flagged as a service child since 2011 will continue to receive the premium of £310.
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is not ‘ring fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they wish but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing to closing performance gaps between children who experience social disadvantage and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.
Our school strategy
We have high aspirations for all our pupils and use staff training opportunities and relevant research (The Teaching and Learning Toolkit at the Education Endowment Trust) to develop systems and procedures based around the notion of equity. With this in mind, interventions have focussed on removing any barriers or potential barriers to learning. We use this training and research to make informed choices about which interventions to use and when to use them. Support may take the form of additional support within lessons, targeted support as individuals or within small groups and catch-up or pre-teaching techniques. Support can be broadly organised into: welfare support, social and emotional well-being, access to wider school opportunities, individual support and group support. Details of this are explained and expanded upon in our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.
What are the barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils?
The ability of children eligible for pupil premium varies between year group cohorts across the school. Each child eligible for pupil premium will receive some additional support during the year. At our school we have identified the following as barriers to educational achievement :
Some pupils come from homes that are unable to support a positive reading culture and do not have easy access to quality books and reading environments. This in turn impacts on reading and writing.
Children enter Nursery and Reception with aspects of development that are below age-related expectations, in particular: communication and language, understanding, speech, emotional development and physical development.
Some pupils have family issues that affect their emotional health and wellbeing.
Some pupils do not have access to additional opportunities that are needed to provide a rounded education and the characteristics that lead to successful employment in the future, e.g access to websites, opportunity to participate in residential experiences or educational visits.
What is it spent on?
In addition to pupils eligible for FSM, the governors at Ingleton Primary School have agreed that PPG should be spent on all vulnerable and/or disadvantaged pupils in school.
During the last academic year (2019/20), our school received £13,200 in total, for all eligible primary-aged pupils. We used this Pupil Premium Funding to contribute towards:
Targeted and Personal Intervention for specific children and groups of children and providing ‘booster classes’ led by a teacher
Access to a school counsellor for identified children
Teaching Assistant intervention groups to support for targeted groups of children and individual children
Resources to enable the appropriate intervention and support to be carried out effectively
Subsidies for residential and educational visits – most of these were cancelled due to national school closures.
What is its impact on learning and social development?
The Headteacher evaluates the impact of the provision during each term through Pupil Progress Meetings with the class teachers. Trends and next steps are identified and actioned. Evaluations focus on academic gains, improvements in learning behaviours and how pupils’ self-confidence has developed as a consequence of the intervention. Progress reports are provided to Governors through the School Improvement Committee. Attendance is monitored by the Headteacher and is also reported to Governors.
As a result of strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of vulnerable pupils:
We track the impact of our provision termly.
Most vulnerable pupils are motivated to complete their work and welcome the help of support staff to assist them with their work.
All vulnerable children would usually take part in residential and/or educational visits and benefit from their experiences. School closures in 2020 prevented these happening.
Outcomes for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium for 2019/20
There were no pupils in Y2 or Y6 in receipt of Pupil Premium last year.
Catch-Up Premium 2020/21
The Government is providing funding to schools to cover a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. This funding aims to support pupils to catch up for lost learning in order that schools can meet the curriculum expectations for the next academic year.
In line with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) guidance, we are using a three tier approach: teaching and whole school strategies, targeted approach and wider strategies.
Teaching and whole school strategies:
- professional development
- effective remote learning
Targeted academic support:
- structured interventions
- small group tuition
- one to one support
- effective deployment of teaching assistants
- reading interventions
- sustaining parental engagement
- social and emotional learning
- reinforcing behaviour routines
- extra curricular activities
The Catch-Up Premium is being spent on additional teacher and teaching assistant support where a need has been identified. Pupils in Y6 who will be moving on to secondary school have been prioritised initially, as well as pupils in classes affected by bubble closures during the autumn term. The impact on the educational attainment of pupils will be assessed using termly diagnostic tests as well as ongoing teacher assessments.