PUPIL PREMIUM AT OLD HEATH COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
The 'Pupil Premium' is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantage children of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. (www.gov.uk)
Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money, identifying what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. The money that is received by schools is based on the number of children in their school who;
- Have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years ~ £1320
- Have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day ~ £1900
- Are currently from a Service family ~ £300
Some of the common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium include;
- Extra one-to-one or small group support for children within classrooms
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes
- Runing catch up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
- Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
- Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation
- Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
- Funding English classes for children who speak another language at home.
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
In past annual Pupil Premium Awards, winners spent their money on a bike for a child who was repeatedly late for school due to missing the bus, a nutritionist for a Year 5 child whose poor diet was causing behavioural and learning difficulties, and shoes and school uniform – including a PE kit – for a disadvantaged child in Year 3.
Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths
Pupil premium funding is allocated for each financial year, though schools operate on an academic year basis.
PPG Funding ~ How we spend it to support our children and families at Old Heath Community Primary School to close the gap in access to learning, supporting learning and opportunities to extra learning and personal development opportunities
Last Year's Spending 2020/2021 For the financial year 2020/21 we were allocated £48,055 in our school budget. We reallocated £40,000 directly to finance the learning support staff across our PPG children in the 'Classroom Support Cost Centre'. This is £7,500 towards full time support in Early Years and Year 1, and £5000 for each class from Y2 to Y6. This ensures that across the school children, both with PPG status and without are supported directly as needed. An extra person supporting children in class means that individual children can benefit from regular reading support they may not receive from home, it ensures that staff can provide pre teaching of vocabulary or a concept to support teaching and learning in the main lesson, it is a chance for a child to practice their spellings, access extra individual phonics teaching & practice or a teacher can allocate adult support to a group with a particular teaching & learning focus to practice a skill or take their learning to the next stage in a challenge.
This left £8,055 in our Pupil Premium Cost Centre.
We use PPG funding to offer free places in our Breakfast Club. Though during the first lockdown we did not charge our key worker parents for using Breakfast Club.
We also use PPG funding to support low income families to enable their children to attend our school residentials for Y4, Y5 and Y6. Though during Covid we have not been 'away' on a residentials but we did manage to organise two 'weekend sleep overs' for Y5 & Y6' for which we did not charge the parents at all.
To support our PPG families with their school attendance we employ an Education Welfare Officer/Family Liaison Worker Sophie Simmons to work alongside the Headteacher in ensuring families understand the importance of punctual and regular school attendance.
We use £3,726.25 as a subscription to Child First which provides the school and our families with support at times of crisis; parenting, mental health, counselling as well as access to Speech & Language Therapists to support assessment and creation of programmes for children who need support which the NHS service has difficulty providing.
By the end of 31st December we are instructed to publish our Pupil Premium Strategy. The first draft was shared and explained with the Governing Body during our November meeting and will be completed once we have had our Ofsted visit (2nd/3rd Dec) and loaded to the website over the Christmas Holidays.
Amanda Mitchelson December 2021