Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium
What is Pupil Premium?
This is additional pupil funding given to schools to target pupils who are facing the greatest disadvantage. This includes children from low income families, looked after children and those with parents in the armed forces. Eligibility for Pupil Premium is also provided for pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as the Ever6 Free school meals measure).
The level of Pupil Premium set for 2021 - 2022 by the government is £1,320 per pupil.
In addition, schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more, was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order. A Service Premium (£300) is available for children whose parents are currently or have served (in the last 3 years) in the Armed Forces.
Objectives of Pupil Premium Expenditure
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers.
Our key objective at St Wilfrid's is to use the Pupil Premium grant to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school, we have a good track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress. Historically levels of attainment are lower for FSM children nationally. This is not the case in all of our year groups. As a church school we are focussed on the whole child and acknowledge that academic achievement and attainment is very important, but it is not the only measure of how we perform as a school, or indeed of all that our children achieve. Our mission statement, based on belonging, believing and becoming ensures that we celebrate all 'good deeds' including academic and non-academic work and encourage the children and adults in our community to look to God to serve others. We are also passionate about being an inclusive school and recognise that children's talents lie in a range of areas, not all reflected in the school league tables and other data sources.
Here are some of the ways the funding is used at our school:
- Quality First Teaching for Literacy and maths
- Additional hours to support children in class
- Booster classes to promote literacy and maths skills
- Residential trips
- School visits
- School milk scheme
- Play Therapy Service
- Intervention clubs at lunchtimes
- Sports clubs both during and after school
Received: 2015 - 2016 St Wilfrid's received: £96,242.10; 2016-2017 St Wilfrid's received: £95,040.00; 2017-2018: St Wilfrid's received: £71,280.00; 2018-2019: St Wilfrid's received £63,360.00; 2019 -2020: St Wilfrid's received £52, 800; 2020-2021: St Wilfrid's received £76,870; 2021 - 2022: We will receive: £86,320 (£8,410 additional Recovery Premium Funding)
The date of our external Pupil Premium Review was November 2019.
Recovery Premium funding
Additional funding has been given to schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year to support schools with education recovery following COVID-19.It is based on pupil premium eligibility to provide further support to disadvantaged pupils. During the academic year 2020-2021, children returned from another period of lockdown which has meant that some children lost some of the learning time they would normally have had, despite the live learning sessions and the work of teachers and parents during this time. The government issued all schools with a COVID recovery and catch up fund- the details of the school's spend is in the attached document, alongside the Pupil Premium strategy.
What is the School Led Tutoring Grant?
Under School-Led Tutoring, all eligible state-funded schools are given a ringfenced grant to fund locally sourced tutoring provision for disadvantaged pupils. This could include using existing staff such as teachers and teaching assistants or external tutoring resources such as private tutors or returning teachers. The grant gives schools the flexibility to use tutors with whom they are familiar. Funding is allocated for around 60% of pupils, in Year 1 to 11, eligible for pupil premium, per school. 75% of the cost is subsidised in academic year 2021/22. Schools will need to fund the remaining 25% through other budgets, for example recovery premium or pupil premium. The subsidy rate for 2022/23 will be 60% and for 2023/24 will be 25%.
Our Key Beliefs:
- We strive to provide a culture where staff believe in ALL children, there are no excuses made for under-performance and staff adopt a ‘can do’ culture to overcoming barriers.
- When analysing data, we will ensure that all staff are involved so that they are fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses across the school. This then leads to action planning for intervention groups.
- We will ensure that all teaching staff are aware of who the Pupil Premium and vulnerable children are, and that all Pupil Premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are under-performing.
- Underachievement at all levels is targeted through teachers differentiating appropriately in class as well as the intervention groups and children’s individual needs are considered carefully.
Support for Parents
We believe that parents are integral to the academic achievements. We hold parent workshops and small group sessions in literacy and maths. In addition, specific programmes have been developed for individual and groups of parents to address a particular need e.g. developing higher order reading skills. We will ensure that the additional support that we provide is effective by working with parents to look at each individual child and identifying their barriers to learning, and work together to address these.
Details of how we spend the Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium allocation can be found in the reports below.
Please click on the link below to access the DfE school performance tables website