What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools so that they can support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. Disadvantaged pupils include those who are:
- Cared and Looked After (CLA)
- Receive Free School Meals (FSM) or have received FSM in the past 6 years (FSM ‘Ever 6’)
- Flagged as a service child since 2011 in YR to Y11 (‘Ever 6’)
- Registered on the school census as having been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.
The PPG is not ‘ring-fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they deem most appropriate, but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing towards closing the performance gaps between PPG children and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.
Barriers to educational achievement
As a school we identify the barriers to educational achievement on an individual basis and put action plans in place to support progress. This may range from improving attendance, targeted interventions for aspects of maths or literacy or enrichment activities.
How is PPG spent?
Expenditure for these pupils has included amounts allocated towards:
- Early interventions for targeted pupils & support materials
- Increasing Teaching Assistant (TA) support for targeted pupils/groups
- Nurture provision
- Subsidies for residential and educational visits
- Assisted places at holiday sports academy
- Assisted places at enrichment activities e.g. dance lessons, music lessons, horse riding
- School clubs
- Family support for attendance
- Play Therapy
- Tutoring & catch up resources for educational catch up after the first Covid-19 lock down
Reasons for this spend
We reference the Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit on best practice for PPG spending and align the needs of our children with research based strategies that support breaking down the barriers to learning. We review and refine strategies after careful analysis of what is working best and giving us the best outcomes for the children.
The impact of the PPG is measured at the end of the academic year in relation to:
- Engagement in clubs and enrichment activities
- Parent participation
- Core subject progress
- Enjoyment of school
The impact of strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of the PP group is:
- The majority of PPG pupils have made at least good progress across all year groups against pre-arranged targets.
- PPG pupils are aspirational and motivated to complete their learning tasks.
- There is a diminishing difference between PPG pupils and non-PPG pupils in the majority of cases.
- The large majority of PPG pupils read at home regularly and feel supported at home with their school learning.
- The vast majority of parents of PPG pupils engage with school regarding their child’s learning at least each half term.
- All PPG pupils attend a school club and experience success, engage positively with beers and behave pro-socially.
- The attendance of the vast majority of PPG pupils is at least average, if not above.
- All PPG pupils have responsibilities around school to develop the skills of reliability, responsibility and managing routines.
- Almost all PPG pupils embrace new opportunities.
Reviews of PPG strategy take place termly by the head teacher and deputy head teacher and are monitored by the full governing body. Detailed PPG Reports are available below.