Pupil Premium Grant
At Springhead Park Primary we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children, and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are committed to ensuring that our children have equal opportunities to achieve their full potential. To ensure this happens, schools in England are provided additional funding through a Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).
Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding. It is used to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made in supporting individual pupils and they use this to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students. The pupil premium funding in primary schools is currently £1345 per eligible child.
‘It is for schools to decide on how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per free schools meal pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupil within their responsibility’ DfE.
At Springhead Park Primary we aim to provide quality first teaching as a priority to support pupils to develop and improve their knowledge, skills and understanding. We invest in improving the quality of teaching and learning and providing research-based interventions to dimmish the difference in the attainment gap between our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils. We aim to develop practice and provision of the highest standard to enable all pupils to achieve their potential through a relentless focus on the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils and an awareness of their needs in everything we do.
Around 20% of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium Grant and we recognise that each pupil has different needs, concerns and aspirations and we aim to provide a tailored offer of education, care and support which ensures the best outcomes for all.
Recovery Premium Funding and National Tutoring Grant Strategy
The Government announced additional funding for schools to support schools in recovering from the impacts of Covid 19 Pandemic. This amount is broken into 2 amount: the Recovery Premium (£2,000) and the National Tutoring Grant (£1,350) The total amount allocated to Springhead Park Primary is £3,350.
The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has provided research relating to the impact of school closures during lockdown, and in particular on the impact for disadvantaged pupils. The school’s strategic response to devising and implementing the recovery programme fully takes these findings into account.
In summary, the 5 key challenges that we face at Springhead park Primary are:
- High levels of mobility (children moving to the school within the school year), including pupils with Special Education Needs or Disabilities, English as an additional language and pupils from a disadvantaged background.
- Under developed oracy (speaking and listening) skills and acquisition of vocabulary is evident throughout the Early Years and Key Stage 1.
- Academic attainment caused by lockdowns, which is particularly evident amongst PPG children.
- Social and emotional issues for some pupils, including lack of resilience and stamina in learning.
- Lower attendance rates and absenteeism is significantly impacting disadvantaged pupils attainment and wellbeing.
The purpose of this strategy is to effectively plan the way the Recovery Premium funding will be spent over the coming year and enable us to inform parents, carers and trustees of the impact it has on pupil achievement.