Pupil premium funding is additional funding awarded to schools to help them to tackle academic issues relating to disadvantage; in terms of financial pressures or instability. The grant is based primarily on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals at the January census, but also encompasses children in care or from forces families.
The funding is allocated to initiatives which remove barriers to learning with the aim of ensuring that pupils reach their full potential both academically and socially. It is not intended as a fund to support specific individuals, although in a small school it is more likely that individuals may benefit more directly. We have a general policy to support the identification of appropriate spending.
Funding is received in June, and is retrospective, reflecting the cohort of eligible pupils in the previous academic year. The school typically spends the allocation over the following academic year but is able to carry funds forward into the next academic year for strategic purposes where appropriate.
The Strategy and Impact Review for the past academic year details planned spending for this year and the impact of spending in the previous year.
In 2021-22 there are additional grants available to schools:
- Recovery Premium (a PPG top-up to allow for additional support; £145 per PPG pupil, or £2000, whichever is higher)
- Catch-up premium (to support pupils in closing academic gaps caused by the Covid-19 response; £80 per pupil)
- School-led tutoring grant (to support delivery of 1-1/small group work by existing staff; based on 60% of PPG eligible pupils at a rate of £202 per eligible pupil)
In total, the Catch-up and tutoring grants amount to approximately £8200 of additional funding available in this academic year. This effectively doubles the PPG grant available.
In general, as the aims of the overall PPG strategy far outweigh the funding available in 2021-22, and each grant is similarly relatively small, these grants will be used to support delivery of the TA-led aims of the PPG strategy for this academic year; i.e. KS1 HLTA provision and additional hours of support for 1-1 and small group reading recovery.
Beyond this, the strategy will be reviewed in June 2022 to reflect pupil needs ahead of the 2022-23 academic period.
MEASURING THE IMPACT
'Schools, headteachers and teachers decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.'
Source: DFE website
Fir Ends School will evaluate the impact of the funding through:
- Pupil progress in core subjects using internal & national (e.g. FFT Aspire) data relating to these pupils
- Surveying pupil’s self-confidence and emotional development
The impact will be monitored through the use of:
- The school’s tracking system and national data publications
- Pupil progress meetings
- The school’s monitoring programme including lesson observations
- Parent consultations
- Discussion with pupils/pupil questionnaires