Pupil Premium

COVID-19 Update 

Due to the changes to educational provision caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the detail in this Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since April 2020. Our use of the funding has been adapted to meet students’ needs as they have arisen, whilst maintaining where possible the principles outlined in this document, and in others related to the PPG.

During the pandemic the following key steps have been taken to ensure that ‘disadvantaged’ pupils’ barriers to learning will continue to be overcome wherever possible:

· Step 1 - Children attended school

· Step 2 - Ensuring children have the correct tools to complete home learning

· Step 3 - Family support through home visits etc

Future versions of the strategy will reflect the changes that are currently being made.

School leaders with responsibility for administering the PPG have drawn on these helpful publications from the Children’s Commissioner and the Education Endowment Foundation:

Briefing: Tackling the disadvantage gap during the Covid-19 crisis

Best evidence on impact of school closures on the attainment gap

They will continue to follow guidance and advice from relevant bodies as it emerges, in consultation with other stakeholders.

Pupil Premium grant made available to schools for youngsters currently or recently in receipt of free school meals. 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 peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

From Academic Year 2014/15 the Government have made further funding of £1900 per pupil available to schools for students who are in Reception to Year 11. This grant is called Pupil Premium Plus and is for youngsters adopted from care in England or who have left care under a Special Guardianship Order or Residence Order (under the Children Act 1989).

The funding is used in school to support your child’s education through a number of strategies. Our pupil premium at Eyres Monsell supports initiatives such as improving attendance, improving behaviour and attitudes to learning, raising attainment and achievement and providing additional opportunities such as supporting trip and enrichment costs.

The next Pupil Premium Strategy Review is July 2020

Barriers to educational achievement for eligible pupil premium pupils 

Academic barriers

  • Poor basic academic skills (reading, writing, maths)
  • Low oracy, speaking and listening skills
  • Poor socialisation and behaviour skills affecting learning behaviours
  • On entry limited concentration, focus and attention
  • Limited access to home learning and IT resources

Additional Barriers

 

  • Low attendance
  • High persistent absence
  • Poor social and emotional skills
  • Home learning environment
  • Lower social mobility and life experiences

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