What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantages pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupils Premium funding is available to:
Local-authority-maintained schools, including:
• Special Schools – for children with special educational needs or disabilities
• Pupils Referral Units (PRUs) – for children who can’t go to a mainstream school Academies and Free Schools, including:
• Special Academies – for children with special educational needs or disabilities
• Alternate Provision (AP) Academies – for children who can’t go to a mainstream school
• Voluntary-sector Alternative Provision, with local authority agreement
• Non-maintained special schools (NMSS) – schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under Section 342 of the Education Act 1996
At Greenfields Academy, we see our Pupil Premium as being a tool to help all of our pupils achieve their full potential. Through the provision of a targeted, stimulating curriculum that supports every individual in our care and enables them to grow socially and academically we aim to break down the barriers and enable all children to succeed.
Using Pupil Premium effectively
The Education Endowment Foundation produced a teaching and learning toolkit to help teachers and schools effectively use Pupil Premium to support disadvantaged pupils. Its families of schools database helps teachers learn about effective practice from similar schools. It has also produced an evaluation tool to help schools measure the impact of the approaches they are using. As a school we are proud that our main focus is to develop your child as a whole person, ensuring that they have the academic skills and life skills necessary to lead a full and productive life post 16.
How did we use our Pupil Premium funding during the 2020-2021 school year?
75% of students were eligible for Pupil Premium funding resulting in a total of £32,505.41 to be devolved to the academy.
Pupil Premium in 2020-21 was spent on the following:
– Intervention/Small Groups & 1:1 English Intervention: £10,000
– Learning Resources Books: £4,000
– Software Packages (My Maths, Active Teach Pearsons): £4,000
– Personalised Learning off-site – George Johnson Centre : £4,500
– Pastoral Support Attendance Intervention (TIMS): £10,000
In 2020/21 our pupils faced the following barriers to learning and this is how we addressed these barriers:
Intervention Programme – pupils were offered 1:1 or small group work both in and outside the classroom area. Specific co-ordinators were nominated to manage the intervention programme. purchase of resources for Maths & English specifically for catch up.
Reading levels for PP pupils is expected to be below their chronological age. The Head of English develops an intensive intervention programme specially to raise reading levels. We purchase reading materials appropriate to the pupil’s interests and external barriers.
Current attendance for PP pupils is likely to fall below national expectations. Daily contact with parents via the TIMS manager and home visits to support families and work closely with outside agencies.
English & Maths – PP pupils are not likely to have made English and Maths at KS2 floor targets, our target is to baseline pupils on entry to the academy to ascertain accurate levels. These base line assessments will then inform any intervention programme aimed, raising levels by filling gaps in learning. Following 6 weeks of intervention staff will then re-assess in order to ascertain progress.
The academy will measure the impact of PP funding through the whole school progress tracking system, which includes termly individual targets for each pupil and the completion of termly curriculum progress meetings.
We will also analyse the number of physical management, bullying incidents and the increase in weekly certificates. SLT will contact parents/carers each term to discuss their child’s individual PP action plan and if appropriate invite parents in for a meeting.
Year 7 Catch Up Funding – During the academic year 2020-21, Greenfields Academy received £2,000 Year 7 Catch Up Funding. This funding was used to contribute to the salaries of the staff providing interventions to Year 7 pupils. This included literacy and numeracy software packages and school counsellor access:
– My Maths: £199 Mathletics + Reading Eggs £504
– Counselling Salary Contribution £750
– Interventions Salary Contribution £547