The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to many mainstream school funding, is seen by the Government as 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. The Pupil Premium is allocated to school and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil premium is spent, since they are the best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils in their care.
At Bridge Farm Primary School we support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.
We identify and address barriers to learning faced by individual pupils through:
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
Our allocation has been calculated on a per pupil basis, providing us with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to Year 6. Our catch up funding has been accounted for in the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.
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 / School Meal vouchers.
School leaders with responsibility for administering the PPG have drawn on these helpful publications from the Children’s Commissioner and the Education Endowment Foundation:
They will continue to follow guidance and advice from relevant bodies as it emerges, in consultation with other stakeholders.
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