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. The funding for the academic year is split in two. The first half is September-March and the second half is April-August.
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 2020- 2021 pupil premium funding in primary schools is £1345 per 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 further 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 10% of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium, though we suspect the actual number is slightly higher. We are currently encouraging parents to pursue this in order for the school to gain an accurate number. At Springhead Park Primary 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.
Covid-19 Catch up Funding
In August 2020, the Government announced additional funding for schools to deliver Catch-Up funding following the Covid-19 lockdown measures. This amounted to £80 per pupil. The amount allocated to Springhead Park Primary is £5,520.
The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has provided early research around projections for the impact of school closures during lockdown, predominantly on the impact for disadvantaged pupils. The school’s strategic response to devising and implementing the Catch-up programme fully takes these findings into account.
In summary, the EEF projections for the impact of widespread closures identify:
- The disadvantaged attainment gap widens
- Assessment of lost learning is crucial
- Targeted support in addition to wider school initiatives are required
- Absence rates upon return are crucial
Effective home learning programmes have been found to mitigate the impact. Springhead Park Primary has put into place a strong home learning offer for all pupils.
The purpose of this strategy is to effectively plan the way the Catch-Up money will be spent over the coming year and enable us to inform parents, carers and trustees of the impact it has on pupil achievement.