What is Pupil Premium?The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers. Each financial year, schools receive funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
- £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care).
Issues that disadvantages pupils may face will have been exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic, and we are anticipating an increase in the levels of disadvantage in our school community.To better support our disadvantaged pupils, this set of key principles has been produced to underpin decisions taken and to support school leaders in planning their school, phase and subject specific strategies for tackling education disadvantage. These principles are rooted in evidence and national best practice. Staff at all levels will have a clear understanding of the principles and the schools’ Pupil Premium strategy.
Using the Pupil Premium funding effectively
The evidence-informed approach we adopt at Lakenham Primary is rooted in tackling educational disadvantage in the classroom. This is a long term approach; it may well be necessary and desirable for leaders to continue 2019-20 planned actions into the 2020-21 academic year and beyond. This is in line with EEF guidance on 'Putting Evidence to Work - A School's Guide to Implementation'. Planned activities and strategies need to be implemented effectively, over time. They need to be robustly evaluated and embedded to create sustainably positive outcomes for disadvantaged learners.Using the Pupil Premium funding effectively .
Our whole school aims
Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils
Raising expectations – aspirations and independence.
Building levels of cultural literacy and capital.
Developing quality relationships and improving well-being throughout our school community.
Developing literacy skills across the school.
The grant is used based on the barriers to learning that are identified across the school. Currently the school has identified specific groups so that the funding can be used in a much more bespoke way. Some children will be identified in more than one group.
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 are identified as disadvantaged (previously known as Free School Meals) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium Grants, allocated to schools per Pupil Premium pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Measures include in the performance tables achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium is captured.
Supporting our Pupil Premium families during COVID
COVID-19 Update: At Lakenham Primary School, across Norfolk and across schools nationally, the period from mid-March 2020 until the end of the academic year has been dominated by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The much reduced opening of all schools in March, followed by the period of widening opening of schools from 1st June has had a profound impact on the ability to implement the actions and strategies outlined in their current pupil premium strategy and/or planned expenditure.
Consequently, it has not been possible to implement and evaluate all planned strategies, with plans being amended and provision adapted to support our most disadvantaged pupils and families.
Across the Norfolk we have continued to address the challenges faced by pupils who experience social disadvantage. Lakenham Primary School has put in place the following measures to support families, including those eligible for the pupil premium grant:
- Three PSA’s visiting up to 70 families per week
- Paper packs of resources available where there are no or not enough online devices within the family home.
- Regular contact with members of staff
- Food hampers with additional food and recipes for families, including ingredients for breakfast and tea. Within hampers equipment for play and enjoyment.
- Specific children invited into school to undertake THRIVE activities with trained staff to support mental health and wellbeing
- Facebook page started with regular updates for mental health and wellbeing for families. Signposts for organisation for other support.