Pupil Premium is allocated to those children who are eligible for Free School Meals, Ever 6 funding is for those who previously qualified for Free School Meals, which continues for a further 6 years, (even if the child is no longer entitled to receive free school meals), and children whose parents serve in the armed services). Pupil Premium plus funding is for looked after children and previously looked after children.
School has to give details of how it is intended that the allocation will be or has been spent; details of how the previous year’s allocation was spent, and the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they wish – but are held accountable, and must report on how the funding has been used to support these groups of children. This information is shared with governors at their termly meetings.
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 wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage, reaches the pupils who need it most.
For those children receiving Pupil Premium plus, the government has said that the funding is to be spent on ‘helping adopted children emotionally, socially and educationally by providing specific support to raise their attainment and address their wider needs.’ This money is not ring-fenced and does not have to be spent on the individual child. , but schools need to take into account the child’s additional needs, which may be different from the needs of the children who attract the Pupil Premium.
At our small rural school, the barriers to educational learning may go beyond academic success. The isolated nature of living in the in the Dales can mean that access to learning beyond the classroom is a challenge. The limited numbers of peers, which the children grow up with and socialise with, is also restricted to a small number. Therefore, there is an increased likelihood that when meeting larger groups or new individuals there is a lack of confidence.
At Grassington Primary school, we realise that not all children who are eligible for Free School Meals are disadvantaged, and that not all pupils who are disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for Free School Meals, be looked after or from service families. Therefore, we allocate Pupil Premium funding on a needs basis where we identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Pupil Premium is used to help fulfil our vision and aims for all children and provide additional help and support for those children and families who may at times need something over and above the consistently good support we provide here. Where academic standards and progress do not require any intervention then Pupil Premium will be used to develop a skill or talent of the individual child and to support the learning of the year group in which that child is.
How the Pupil Premium plus funding is spent, is done so, in part, following consultation with parents and guardians. School and parents/guardians will consider if funding should be used to provide nurture and relationship opportunities; scaffold children’s social skills and peer relationships; support emotional literacy and emotional regulation; support children at times of transition; develop children’s executive functional skills and address barriers to information sharing and joint working.
Due to the size of our school, the potential for identifying pupils through the publishing of any report is inevitably greater. For this reason, it is our policy to publish a basic outline of how we have spent, and plan to spend, our Pupil Premium allocations and not to separate Pupil Premium funding from Pupil Premium plus funding.
At Grassington Primary School, we were allocated £17,120 for the academic year, 2018 – 2019.
The funding was allocated in the following ways with the primary aim of ensuring that the pupils made good progress both academically and in their social and emotional development and were offered equality of opportunity in all aspects of their learning:
- Funding supply costs to allow for 1:1 tuition for individual children with specific needs to diminish the difference (close the gap) £2, 000
- Purchase of learning resources to support the learning and progress of the pupils’ individual needs. (£1,000)
- Contributions towards residential trips, educational visits and any specific clothing/resources needed to ensure all children are included. (£1,000)
- Remainder of premium contribute towards classroom support across the school; purchase of bespoke intervention/support from agencies to support specific children and their educational and social and emotional needs
IMPACT of pupil premium spending for 2018 – 2019
- Inclusive opportunities for all pupils, which enabled a broader, experience both academically, socially and emotionally. Allowing all children to attend residential and educational visits helped to increase self esteem
- Teaching assistant support in the classroom increased confidence and supported social and emotional support for children and their families. Improvement in children’s attitude to learning
- Additional taster days provided, with TA support, in readiness for transition
- Good progress made for some pupils because of intervention and individual support given to children, with achievement in most areas at expected. Interventions included Success at Arithmetic, Narrative Therapy and Reading Intervention – all delivered by TA
- Increase in opportunities for precision teaching and same day intervention to narrow the gap
- Purchase of additional resources used to support learning in the classroom impacting on outcomes
- Increase in children participating in the creative curriculum, impacting on confidence and self-esteem
- Social and emotional management/confidence boosting, has significantly increased within school for these children
At Grassington Primary School, we have been allocated £8,560 for the academic year 2019-20
The funding will be used in the following ways.
- Specialist maths teacher to support more able pupils in order for children to achieve greater depth; with a specific focus on problem solving and multi-step questions
- TA support in classrooms to focus on identified groups and individual children to address misconceptions and accelerate learning
- Purchase assessment packages to help identify gaps in learning
- Intervention programmes including Reading intervention, phonics and handwriting
- Contributions towards residential trips, educational visits and any specific clothing/resources needed to ensure all children are included
- Increase opportunities for social speaking, circle time and small group discussions in order to impact on the social and emotional development of children
IMPACT of pupil premium spending for 2019 – 2020
The impact of measures put in place to support children is based on teacher assessment up until February 2020; due to COVID no formal or teacher assessments were able to take place after this date. During the Autumn Term baseline assessments will take place in maths, reading and SPAG to determine gaps in learning and measures to be put in place to address these.
- Additional TA support in the classrooms was used to deliver post teaching and specific interventions for all children who were in need of additional support, enabling them to achieve greater depth or to work at a higher level within ARE
- Additional support given by class teachers/tutors and TAs especially in maths to challenge more able pupils in order for the children to work at greater depth
- All children accessed all areas of the curriculum, educational visits, after school activities impacting on increased self-esteem and feeling fully included in all aspects of school life
- Children attended school during wider reopening which helped them to socialise with their peers prior to transfer to secondary school and/or prior to transition to the next academic year.
- TAs worked with specific children on a one- to one basis or within small groups to boost confidence and self-esteem following lockdown. Good communications between parents, school and other agencies helped to resolve any issues or concerns of the child or from home.
- School increased communication with more vulnerable families to ensure their health and well-being during lockdown and to help with queries about transfer to secondary schools. Resulting in school having good relationships with these families and smooth transfer for those children to secondary education
At Grassington Primary School, we have been allocated £2,640 for the academic year 2020-2021
A Three Year Pupil Premium Strategy Plan will be put in place for 2020-2023 in line with government guidance.