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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. In 2011/12 schools were allocated Pupil Premium funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals or had been looked after continuously for more than six months.

From April 2013 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.  A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.  Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit.  However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.

From September 2012 schools were required to publish information about how they use Pupil Premium money online.

How to apply for Pupil Premium?

To apply for Pupil Premium, please apply via the Herts County Council website:
Alternatively, please contact the office who can apply on your behalf.

Our Pupil Premium allocation this year 2020-2021

The school received £19,048 Pupil Premium funding for the financial year 2020/21 for 10 children. This represents 9% of the school population who are receiving FSM, have received FSM in one or more of the previous 6 years or are from a family serving in the Armed Forces.

How do we use our Pupil Premium funding?

Pupil Premium is used to make a contribution to the cost of interventions which support those particular pupils to help diminish the differences in their learning compared to that of their peers, or support their social and emotional needs and generally help them achieve their potential and be successful learners.

What are the main barriers to learning pupils at our school face?

The barriers that some of these pupils face include social, emotional and mental health needs, social and economic barriers and family needs that impact upon their learning and well-being, a need for support with homework and gaps in their learning.  In our school, as of September’19, 38% of our pupil premium children also have additional needs.

Support to meet these needs is specified in more detail below but may include nurture groups, learning support from a teacher or teaching assistant on an individual or small group basis, coaching/mentoring, Inclusion Leader intervention and/or help with the payment of school trips to ensure equal access.

How do we measure the impact of the money spent?

Frequent use of assessment data checks the effectiveness of interventions, providing us with evidence of impact. Interventions are adapted on a regular basis in accordance with the impact they are having on individual pupils. All teachers take responsibility for the progress of the Pupil Premium children within their classes. Performance management of staff and pupil progress meetings include discussion about these children.

Pupil Premium Expenditure 2020/21 (financial year) £19,040
Pupil Premium Expenditure 2020/2021 (financial year) Planned activity Cost centre Estimated amount Rationale
Learning Journal Each child entitled to pupil premium funding will have a learning journal. These will profile the complete experience of children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. They will contain a record of attendance, examples of work, meetings with parents and carers etc. Learning Journals will be updated regularly and reviewed every half term. Salary Costs Proportion of salary Inclusion leader salary For all children to have a focused plan to action any gaps in learning or help accelerate progress
Pupil Premium Learning Mentor As a response to extended school closure a new learning mentor has been appointed to work specifically with children in receipt of pupil premium funding within lessons and in intervention. Salary Costs £6000 To ensure that learning gaps for children in receipt of pupil premium funding are narrowed.
Senior Leadership Conferences Each pupil premium child will be designated a member of the Senior Leadership Team who will monitor their educational progress and over-all wellbeing through:
* Half termly meetings with teachers
* Pupil voice
* Regular contact with families to ensure we keep in contact
Salary Costs £1020 To raise the profile of children with pupil premium funding. To ensure that each child has a designated senior person overseeing their general wellbeing To increase the confidence of pupils and offer a cohesive and robust provision for these pupils.
Governor Oversight and Support Governors will monitor the progress of pupil premium pupils. A Governor will meet with the Leader responsible for Pupil Premium Funding on a termly basis to monitor pupil’s progress. A Governor will lead a writing intervention for children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding Assistant Headteacher Salary Cost £0 To accelerate progress for target pupils in reading/ writing/maths.
Inclusion Leader Involvement Where children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding are also on the SEN register, the Inclusion Leader will ensure that provision for the child is appropriate and adequate to ensure progress. Inclusion Leader Salary Cost Proportion of Inclusion Leader Salary To strategically plan the provision and monitor progress for all children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding.
Pastoral support Ongoing pastoral intervention will be provided for any pupil who needs support for as long as required Teaching Assistants and Assistant Headteacher £4,890 All learners will be emotionally ready to learn
After School and Lunchtime Clubs Pupil premium children will be given priority for clubs (as and when they are able to continue) All Staff Staff Costs To enhance the curriculum, ensuring children are able to participate and to give the children the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities.
Pupil Voice The member of SLT responsible for Pupil Premium Funding will undertake ‘pupil voice’ to ensure the children have the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about their experience and progress at school. Assistant Headteacher Staff Costs To ensure children entitled to Pupil Premium have a voice in the school and their experience is positive.
Maths/Reading/Writing Intervention For some children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding, they will be entered into targeted intervention groups to ensure any gaps in learning (especially after the extended period of school closure)are caught up on. Teaching Assistants/Cover for Teachers £2,062 Accelerated progress for target pupils in reading/writing/maths.
Additional hours of TA time Targeted curriculum and pastoral support for identified pupils Teaching Assistants £4,890 Accelerated progress for targeted pupils in reading/writing/maths.
Helping with the cost of extracurricular lessons and/or school trips/HSA events Contributions will be made to the cost of school trips/activities (when they are able to continue) Trips £850 To enhance the curriculum, ensuring children are able to participate and to give the children the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities.
Helping with the cost of residential trips Contributions will be made to the cost of residential trips in Years 5 and 6 (when they are able to continue). Trips £150 To enhance the curriculum, offer the pupils’ life experience and the opportunity to develop independence
Helping with the cost of school uniform Contribution to the cost of school uniform and PE kits Uniform £200 To ensure children are fully equipped for school
Home Learning Support To provide electronic devices as and when required. ICT equipment £2000 Pupils are supported in completing independent learning, with access to ICT and support that may not be available at home.
Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) Overseen by the Inclusion leader, teachers will meet with parent/carers and pupils to discuss additional home/school targets and activities. For the pupils identified, a 6 week programme of assess, do, review is put in place. Salary Costs School budget With a combined, focused home/school learning plan, children will make accelerated progress against their targets.
External Agency Support Where a pupil premium child has additional needs and where it is deemed appropriate the Inclusion Leader will employ the support of relevant external agencies. Inclusion Leader Salary Costs Majority of external agencies are free of charge For all pupil premium children with additional needs to receive prompt and effective provision to make the best possible progress