Pupil Premium & Catch Up Funding
Covid Catch Up Funding
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. As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
Use of funds
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. (See also EEF – School Planning Guide 2020-21 ). Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
Accountability and monitoring
As with all government funding, school leaders must be able to account for how this money is being used to achieve our central goal of schools getting back on track and teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible.
Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account for educational performance, governors and trustees should scrutinise schools’ approaches to catch-up from September, including their plans for and use of catch-up funding. This should include consideration of whether schools are spending this funding in line with their catch-up priorities, and ensuring appropriate transparency for parents. (DfE guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium – updated 24/08/2020)
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
“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.”
Source – DfE website
Pupil Premium at Roby Park Primary School
At Roby Park Primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.
Information to be Published to Parents
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy. This should include:
1. The current academic year: 2019-20
- The amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
- Details of the main barriers to educational achievement
- How the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
- How the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
- The date of the next pupil premium strategy review.
- Review of the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils in 2018-19.
Pupil Premium Spending
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children. Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school. Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition. These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.
Increasing Parental Engagement has also been a focus at the school. A range of learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English and Maths as well as workshops and sessions to help their support their child’s learning – to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.
How Will the School Measure the Impact of Pupil Premium Spending?
To monitor progress and attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Roby Park Primary School, the usual half termly cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Pupil Progress Review meetings will take place each half term and will include the Headteacher, SENDco, TAs who run interventions and class teachers.
At each Pupil Progress Review meeting, the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item on the governors’ Resources committees.
Designated staff member in charge: Mrs Kat Allen
Inclusion Manager: Mrs Kathy Lyon
Nominated governor: Mrs Heather Haddley
To find out about the Pupil Premium eligibility criteria and what to do next please click here.