What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The government believes that it is socially unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances and is working to raise the levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils, closing the gap between them and their peers. Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of qualifying pupils. Schools can then decide how it is spent, as they are best placed to assess the needs of the individuals within their care.
Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and has been traditionally linked to those pupils who benefit from free school meals but it also includes children from service families, those adopted from care and looked after pupils. Additional funding for pupils can bring wide ranging benefits but it is most specifically aimed at closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils. With the introduction of free school meals for all pupils in KS1 there has been a notable drop in applications for funding, and schools have needed to become more involved with the identification of eligible pupils. For more information about who qualifies for funding, and for help with applying online, please click the link below:
Alternatively, you can ring the contact centre on 01454 868008 or contact Mrs Clare or Mrs Bowden in the school office: 01454 867225.
As there are many benefits for pupils, outside of school meal provision, we would strongly urge any parents who are unsure (especially those with children in KS1) to check this out. You can also enquire at the school office if you are still unsure and feel your child may qualify or you need help with your application.
Our Pupil Premium Aspiration:
At Manorbrook Primary School we endeavour to provide opportunities in all aspects of school life, for all of our Pupil Premium children to achieve the very best that they can, to develop a lifelong love of learning, and to have high aspirations and ambitions for their future.
Barriers to learning:
We have looked specifically at the profile of our Pupil Premium children across the school and thought carefully about how to address the specific barriers that these individual children have. This is used to inform us as we plan the necessary actions to improve outcomes for all our Pupil Premium children. We have identified six key barriers to learning and have created a detailed action plan, the Pupil Premium Strategy (shown below), to tackle these aspects across the school.
How much Pupil Premium Funding does Manorbrook Primary receive?
In 2019/20 and in 2020/21 we received just under £22,000 to fund support for Pupil Premium pupils.
Details of how this is being spent in both years is shown in the expenditure documents below:
How was Pupil Premium money spent during 2019-20?
Funding was used to support a range of actions:
- Subsidising trips to provide other opportunities to enrich the curriculum.
- Provision of school uniform vouchers to support families and ensure pupils have appropriate clothing.
- Provision of revision guides, workbooks and CDs to support pupils learning in preparation for SATs in order to minimise the gap with peers.
- Non-contact provision for Pupil Premium Champion (PPC) to coordinate support for PP pupils across the school, implement the PP strategy, undertake training and link with staff and governors over key issues.
- Funding to ensure a continued focus on quality teaching and learning experiences and through appropriate and effective training.
- Provision of in-class teacher assistant (TA) support to facilitate additional teacher or TA interventions such as reading, writing, phonics and maths across both KS1 and KS2.
- Teacher Assistant led social skills playtime groups.
- Free food vouchers or meals provided during school terms and holidays from March to July 2020 Covid-19 lockdown period.
What was the impact of the Pupil Premium spending in 2019-20?
Impact is measured both by reviewing children’s academic progress and by discussions with teaching professionals involved with pupil learning. During the academic year 2019-20 academic progress was not assessed as usual, due to many pupils not being in school and the suspension of normal teaching during the Covid-19 lockdown, from March to July. Therefore, below we have left examples of academic impact from the previous academic year of 2018-19 to support evidence of positive impact from 2019-20.
Examples of academic positive impact from 2018-19 include:
- Attendance of FSM pupils at Manorbrook rose by 0.6% during 2018-19 compared with 2017-18.
- The number of FSM pupils with attendance below 90% fell by 12% during 2018-19.
- In EYFS Pupil Premium (PP) pupils had better attainment than other non-PP pupils across reading, writing and maths.
- In Y1 PP pupils had the same attainment outcomes as other non-PP pupils.
- End of KS1 outcomes show PP pupils made the best progress in reading, writing and maths.
- PP pupils made more progress in writing than non-PP pupils across Y2 to Y6.
- PP pupils made more progress in reading than non-PP pupils across Y2 to Y5.
- Pupil Premium pupils were able to access additional enrichment opportunities such as school trips throughout the year and extra-curricular clubs to support their wider social development.
- Skilled TAs supported in all classes (helping teachers run specific intervention groups). This has led to a number of successful outcomes for Pupil Premium pupils, an example of which was improvement in writing and maths outcomes for pupils in Year 6.
Examples of academic positive impact from 2019-20 include:
- Skilled TAs supported in all classes (helping teachers run specific intervention groups).
- Pupil Premium pupils were able to access additional enrichment opportunities such as school trips and extra-curricular clubs to support their wider social development.
- Specific 1:1 pupil mentoring sessions successfully supported the well-being, integration and engagement of many pupils with specific needs.
- Provision of free school meal vouchers or free school meals throughout school terms and holidays from March to July 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown period.
- Increased vigilance, support and intervention was provided for Pupil Premium (PP) pupils and their families, by PP Champion/Head/SENDCo and class teachers, during Covid-19 period through telephone calls, home visits and emails where required.
Planned Pupil Premium provision for 2020-21
We continue to recognise that a key aspect in improving outcomes for pupils is to provide ‘quality first’ teaching experiences throughout their journey at school and it still remains a priority focus for us in 2020-21. This year, in particular, we also recognise the need for increased vigilance and support of our pupils and their well-being as they re-engage with learning through the recovery curriculum. This, along with research available from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF), has informed our latest Pupil Premium Strategy and Spending Plan for 2020-21 (see both above). This has been shared with Governors and teaching staff and will enable us to focus on narrowing gaps for disadvantaged pupils through cost effective use of funding to provide strategic support and interventions.
To continue improvements to our provision for disadvantaged pupils in the current academic year we have done, or plan to do, the following things:
- Provide a new Pupil Premium strategy for 2020-21 to support the needs of our current PP pupils;
- Provide quality mentoring for Pupil Premium pupils through TA learning buddies and identify further ways to support pupils well-being and engage with learning;
- Support families in ensuring children are prepared and ready to learn in school;
- Maintain a clear focus on quality teaching and learning experiences and provide appropriate and effective training to support this;
- Further develop the relationship with parents and partner them in supporting pupils with the aim of further raising achievement;
- Raise the profile of Pupil Premium across the school through the role of the Pupil Premium Champion;
- Focus on disadvantaged pupils through Pupil Progress Meetings and improved Facebook and webpage information for parents;
- Further develop the involvement of Governors and provide them with regular updates on the strategy, the provision and outcomes for PP pupils, details on the use of PP money and the impact on pupil outcomes;
- Promote the role of the Pupil Premium link-governor to support and challenge school;
- Purchase additional materials and resources to support teaching and learning, where required;
- Celebrate excellent attendance and intervene and challenge where higher or persistent absence occurs;
- Remind parents about their responsibilities in ensuring their children’s attendance is good, and the impact absence has on their learning;
- Identify and provide a wider range of opportunities to extend pupil experiences.
To find out if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding and apply please click here (or ring the contact centre on 01454 868008). Alternatively contact Mrs Clare or Mrs Bowden in the school office: (01454) 867225.