Pupil Premium Spending Rationale
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to children from low-income families who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals (FSM), within the last six years. The grant is also made available to support children of service personnel and those who are looked after by the local authority (LAC).
What are our aims for the Pupil Premium Grant?
The aim of the Pupil Premium is to identify and implement strategies that help to increase social mobility and reduce the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils nationally. We have placed a strong emphasis on securing foundations in literacy and numeracy as we believe that our disadvantaged pupils require most support in these key areas. Furthermore, we believe that strong literacy and numeracy are crucial for preparing children for life beyond school.
Who benefits from the Pupil Premium Grant?
At Hedon Primary School, we ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant has the most benefit for those with the greatest disadvantage. Our intention is to build capacity and maximise our impact. It is inevitable that some of the interventions put in place are shared by children who are not in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. We do this in order to promote good progress for all children.
What barriers do pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant face?
The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face are complex and varied – there is no single difficulty faced by all. However, we have identified several barriers that we believe are particularly relevant to our disadvantaged children. The key barriers we have identified include:
• Low communication, language and literacy levels on entry to the school.
• Low aspirations therefore low self-motivation as a result
• Difficulties faced at home including finding it hard to support pupils with academic work.
• Lack of wider experiences
• Social and emotional needs
We allocate our Pupil Premium Grant to resources that aim to close the gaps in these areas.
How do we decide how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant?
In deciding how to use our Pupil Premium Grant, we draw upon the following sources:
• Sutton Trust report: “The Pupil Premium: Next Steps”
• Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit
• Research on disadvantaged pupils and the vocabulary gap
• Our combined professional experience of what works best
From these sources and in line with the recent Education Endowment Foundation Guide to the Pupil Premium, we have adopted a tiered approach to our Pupil Premium Strategy. This means our spending is focused on 3 areas:
1 – Developing teaching
2 – Targeted academic support
3 – Wider Strategies
At Hedon Primary School, across the east Riding and across schools nationally, the period from mid-March 2020 until the end of the academic year has been dominated by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The much reduced opening of all schools in March, followed by the period of widening opening of schools from 1st June has had a profound impact on the ability to implement the actions and strategies outlined in their pupil premium strategy/
Consequently, it has not been possible to fully implement to fruition or fully evaluate all planned strategies. Our plans were amended and provision adapted to support our most disadvantaged pupils and families. We have continued to address the challenged faced by pupils who experience social disadvantage and will continue to put in place measures to support all families including those eligible for the pupil premium grant. In reviewing work form the academic year 2019-2020 it is clear that it is necessary and desirable for some planned actions to carry on into the 202o-2021 academic year and beyond.
Click on the link below to find out about how we spend the pupils premium grant in 2020/21, our successes, next steps and our plan for spending 2021/24. These strategies are internally reviewed yearly (Due Sept 2022).