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 (FSM) and their more advantaged peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Our school data is positive for outcomes for Pupil Premium pupils but we continue to build on this to diminish the difference between Pupil Premium pupils in the school and all pupils nationally. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
From September 2016, schools have been required to publish a Pupil Premium Strategy. This will ensure that parents are fully informed about the amount of allocation, barriers faced by eligible pupils, how the funding is to be spent, how we will measure impact and the date the strategy will be reviewed. We also need to include how the allocation was spent for the previous year and its impact on eligible and other pupils.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to diminish the differences between pupil groups. As a school we consistently track all groups of pupils to ensure that they make good or better progress. Through targeted teaching and interventions, we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For new entrants that start with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school. Once at age related expectations we always continue to extend that learning further to ensure that they reach their highest levels of attainment. We closely monitor how we are spending the allocated funds to ensure they are having an impact on pupil premium pupil’s achievement. We also continue to focus on more-able Pupil Premium pupils to ensure they are not an underachieving group. As part of our overall strategy to ensure that our Pupil Premium children are not disadvantaged compared to their peers, we allocate a large proportion of our funding to enrichment programmes designed to further develop confidence and skills for our pupils to succeed in all areas of the curriculum and society.
At Forty Hill, we deploy a Pupil Premium Strategy that not only seeks to support and benefit our children eligible for the Pupil Premium funding, but also a whole school approach to this strategy, aiming to ensure all of our children make good progress from their starting points. We are proud of this ethos and aim to utilise the small amount of pupil premium funding to support our wider school aim of inclusivity and giving every child the opportunity to flourish and live life to the full. Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10:10
Please see below in the files our Catch Up Premium Strategy
From Government Guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium#use-of-funds
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge. We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery, and the government intends for schools and colleges to fully open in September. The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.