The Ashington Learning Partnership instils in pupils the need to be the best they can be. The targeted and strategic use of the Pupil Premium Grant will support us in achieving our vision.
We recognise the importance of reflecting our context when devising Central Primary School’s pupil premium strategy. Our strategy therefore reflects and addresses common barriers to learning our disadvantaged pupils may face including weak language and communication skills, access to real life experiences, self-esteem, poor attendance as well as social / emotional and behavioural challenges. Our strategy is integral to Central Primary School’s vision that everyone in our community has the knowledge, skills, values, and opportunities to be the best they can be. We want to ensure that all our pupils succeed in their next steps in education and beyond and positively contribute to society.
We use research conducted by the EEF and recognised literature to support decisions made, ensuring that selected options have the greatest impact on outcomes for learners. The objectives within our strategy reflect the prioritising of early reading, quality first teaching, high quality support for learning and wider strategies that benefit our pupils holistically.
Our selected principles are informed by the EEF tiered approach and are integral to the school development plan and education recovery.
To ensure they are effective we will:
· provide models of fluent and expressive reading
· develop vocabulary so that our children are able to understand a broad range of increasingly complex texts
· exposes pupils to more complex sentence structure which allows them to engage with increasingly challenging texts
· develop their understanding of the world; this gives them a wider knowledge base to draw upon in future reading and broadens their experiences
· encourages more children to read regularly and frequently; they are willing readers who understand they can read in order to learn as well as for pleasure
Teaching and Learning
· Ensure disadvantaged pupils have access to Quality First Teaching which is informed by the science of learning
· Target early additional intervention and support for learning
· Provide enrichment opportunities that promote the development of essential skills for life (employability skills)
· Ensure all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupil outcomes by adapting a whole school approach
Eligibility and funding amounts:
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is funding given to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and to support pupils with parents in the armed forces (this part of it is also known as the service premium).
As a school we receive money for each pupil of compulsory school age who fit the eligibility
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals (FSM)
Pupil premium per pupil - £1,345
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
Pupil premium per pupil - £2,345
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
Pupil premium per pupil - £2,345
Service children - Service premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
Service premium per pupil - £310
• Grant allocations are based on the number of eligible pupils recorded in the January 2020 census.
• Our school will be allocated the pupil premium for eligible pupils aged 4 and over, in year groups from Reception to Year 6.
Spending the grant
A school can spend the grant as they see fit, as long as they can demonstrate their spending is improving the attainment of eligible pupils.
The way we spend our Pupil Premium Grant may include:
· Supporting the slowest progress readers with additional reading interventions
· Develop reading fluency
· Development of Quality Frist Teaching
· Skills/ Careers and Employability skill set
· Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom
· Dedicated EAL teaching assistant and LA support
· Resources to support language and communication development
· Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance
· Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them
· Funding or subsidising educational trips and visits
· Subsidising the purchase of uniforms
· Offering family support sessions and Thrive interventions
The grant is allocated in line with the financial year, which begins in April, rather than the academic year. Allocations are based on data from the previous January census. If an eligible pupil joins after this census, a school will not receive their allocation until the following year.
Maintained schools receive the grant through their local authority (LA). This is received in quarterly instalments.
Pupil Premium funding for looked – after children (LAC) is allocated to the virtual school head in the LA, rather than schools. The virtual school head will work with schools to decide how it will be spent.
How to claim your child’s pupil premium
All children who currently qualify for free school meals on their family circumstances are entitled to pupil premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:
Universal credit (income dependent)
Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
Income-related employment and support allowance
Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of state pension credit
Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
In addition, pupils who have qualified for free school meals on the above grounds in the past, but are no longer eligible, continue to receive pupil premium for the next six years. Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census.
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
A child who is 3 or 4 years may be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYFF) is extra funding given to providers to support disadvantaged children aged 3 and 4 years old.
Funding per pupil (EYPP)
All eligible early years providers will receive EYPP funding from their local authorities at a rate of 53p per hour for each eligible pupil, to a maximum of 570 hours (£302.10 per year). Children will be eligible for the term after their 3rd birthday.
To apply for Free School Meals please go to the Northumberland.gov website or contact the relevant school office.