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   Pupil Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

Pupil Premium Strategy Plan 2021 - 2022 

PUPIL PREMIUM

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It represents additional funding that the government gives to schools and academies for each pupil considered to be ‘disadvantaged’. The money must be spent on these pupils to support their education, but it is for each school and academy to determine how it is spent.

Why does the Government provide a Pupil Premium?

The government believes that poverty or low income is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances, with many pupils in low income families having low attainment by age 16. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these underlying 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.

Who receives the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils in academy year groups from Reception to Year 11 from low income families who are registered for FSM, or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years, together with children that have been in care continuously for 6 months or more. Adopted children who have been in care continuously for 6 months or more prior to adoption are also eligible.

What is the Service Premium?

The Service Premium grant is for pupils who have a parent serving in the armed services. Unlike the Pupil Premium, this grant is not solely for raising attainment but for providing additional (mainly pastoral) support.

Who receives the Service Premium?

Pupils with a parent currently serving in the armed services and supporting their family, pupils who have a parent who died in action and those whose parents have left the service since April 2011 for other reasons, including injury. To be eligible, the parent must be supporting their family, so where they are separated or divorced a pupil will not be eligible.

How do parents register their child’s entitlement for Pupil Premium?

Applying for Pupil Premium

Although all pupils in years R, 1 and 2 now receive free school meals as part of the Government’s universal school meal provision, this does not mean that any child automatically qualifies for the Pupil Premium. Parents must still apply for free school meals via the Local Council. This is a quick and simple process:  please collect and complete a simple form from the school office which can then be submitted to the Local Authority.  They will carry out an eligibility check using the Department for Education’s Eligibility Checking System which will confirm if details have been matched or not. 

This system will not inform the academy or council of what benefits you are in receipt of, dates when a benefit was awarded or say how much you receive; it will just confirm whether or not you are eligible.  Confirmation will be sent to you and the academy within 5-10 working days.

Pupils do not have to take up their entitlement to a free meal but Local Authorities and academy recommend that they do.  The government is made aware of each pupil claiming FSMs each term via the academy census so they have up-to-date information on those eligible.

How much are the Pupil Premium Grants worth?

The Pupil Premium for the financial year 2020-2021 was £91,901.  The Service Premium is now £310 per pupil.

This is significant additional money for academies to spend on supporting disadvantaged pupils and Ellison Primary Academy is very keen to ensure that all eligible pupils are ‘signed up’.so that the children in school can benefit. Grants are based on those pupils included in the January schools’ census.

How should academies spend the grant?

The academy must spend the grant for the educational benefit of their eligible pupils. The grant can be spent on services that benefit pupils at the academy or their families, in the locality in which the academy is situated. Pupil Premium grants can be carried forward to the next financial year if all the money is not spent in the year in which it is allocated.

What obligations are placed on the academy?

Academies need to monitor the impact of their selected approaches to improve provision for pupils entitled to the Pupil or Service Premium. The Pupil and Service Premium is not ring-fenced and academies are free to spend it as they wish to improve pupils’ attainment.

How are parents informed about the use of the Pupil Premium

grants?

The academy's governing body publishes information on the website every year on Pupil and Service Premium expenditure. For those parents that are not able to access the internet, a paper copy of this information can be provided on request. It details the funding received for the current academic year, as well as details of how it will be spent; there should also be details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent.

How are academies held accountable?

The Ofsted Inspection Framework ensures that inspectors look closely at the achievement of vulnerable pupils and in particular those who attract the Pupil and Service Premium. They have published a series of reports about how the pupil premium can be spent.

The Department for Education’s performance tables detail the achievement of those pupils entitled to FSM and the Pupil Premium Grant(s). Individual pupils will never be identified through published information, this will only relate to groups of pupils, and in small schools numbers may not be published.

Individual school information can be found on the Department for Education’s website at:

Individual School Information

Who should parents contact for further information?

Contact the office team if you would like to find out more about registering your child for free school meals. This information will be held confidentially by the academy. Our reception team should also be able to direct you to any reports the academy has produced relating to the use of the pupil premium. The Headteacher or the Chair of the Governing Body on behalf of the governors can offer further information to those parents enquiring about the use of the Pupil Premium.

If you have any further questions, or wish to speak to the Headteacher about your child’s Pupil Premium grant, please contact the academy office to make an appointment.

 

2020/21 – Pupil Premium Allocation - £22,865

The school receives specific funding each year to support children who are in receipt of Free School Meals. The school ensures that this money is spent directly on these children and their progress and attainment is tracked closely. 

Principles for funding allocation: -

*To ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils

*To ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups.  This specifically includes that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are addressed

*In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals (or have been eligible in the last 6 years) are socially disadvantaged

*We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.   We therefore allocate Pupil Premium Funding to support any pupil or groups that the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

In our school Pupil Premium Funding 2021/22will be spent on:

*Home School Link Worker

*Forest Schools sessions

*Enrichment Opportunities

*Educational Visits and Residential breaks

*Teaching Assistant Support for all classes

*ELSA  

*To enable and encourage children to attend after school clubs

*To enable music provision to PP children

*To allow funding as needed to be available to address the challenges of post COVID 19

 

2020 - 2021

Pupil Premium Allocation Fund - £22,865

Impact of Use

Home School Link Worker

A home school link worker has worked alongside vulnerable families offering support and guidance.

TAF meetings, CIM meetings, referrals to other agencies and attendance issues have improved.

ElSA

Our HSLW has been trained to deliver emotional literacy support to children as needed. 

As of June 2021,  11 children have benefited from this intervention

Teaching Assistants

We have been able to offer a teaching assistant in each class using some of this money at least every morning.

Children have the opportunity of nurture and intervention at time of need.

Breakfast and After School Club

To improve attendance offers of breakfast and afterschool club provision has been supported by pupil premium.

Improved attendance of families

 

2019 - 2020

Pupil Premium Allocation Fund - £27,000

Impact of Use

Home School Link Worker

A home school link worker has worked alongside vulnerable families offering support and guidance.

TAF meetings, CIM meetings, referrals to other agencies and attendance issues have improved.

Assistant Senco

To offer additional intervention as required to support disadvantaged learners.

Paperwork trail and communication with class teachers workload on SENCO has been reduced.

Educational Visits / Residential visits

We are proud of the wide range of educational visits and residential visits which we offer.  We continue to support our families financially through contributions and subsidies using this money.

Children who are encountering financial difficulties and are in receipt of pupil premium have benefited from contributions.

After School Clubs

The school offers a significant number of after-schools clubs in a variety of areas. 

School has funded materials and staffing to provide bespoke after school nurture / enrichment opportunities.

Teaching Assistants

We have been able to offer a teaching assistant in each class using some of this money at least every morning.

Children have the opportunity of nurture and intervention at time of need.

Breakfast and After School Club

To improve attendance offers of breakfast and afterschool club provision has been supported by pupil premium.

Improved attendance of families

Music Provision

One to One music tutor and instrument hire - Entrust Music Services

Supporting child with suspect ASD