Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
In 2020-2021 we received £13,450 pupil premium funding. This was used to provide some additional TA support in and out of classes, to buy additional resources, to support pupil well-being and to provide access to enrichment activities. Interventions were provided for reading, maths, spelling and writing and much of the additional support was delivered by teaching staff. We keep records of how our allocation is spent, but because we are a small school we also take steps to ensure that individual pupils cannot be identified. In 2020-2021, as well as providing interventions and support, the funding was used to enhance our remote learning resources for pupils working at home during the national lockdowns. We used some funding to purchase new reading books for younger pupils, some additional graded reading comprehension text books and we were able to use funding to deliver nurture group sessions and additional phonics sessions.
One member of staff has received mental health first aid training and another has attended EEF training around closing the gaps.
We track the performance of pupils in receipt of additional funding through end of term and end of year data and also through regular pupil reviews. All staff are aware of the expectations for pupil premium pupils and discuss these with parents and carers at consultation evenings. In 2019 KS2 SATs 100% of disadvantaged pupils at least met expectations in all areas.
The difference in attainment between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils has diminished over a three year time period.
Our pupil premium allocation for 2021-2022 is £18,795. Funding this year will be used to provide access to outdoor and adventurous activities, as well as after school clubs. Teacher led interventions for writing, maths, reading, phonics and spelling have been planned for identified pupils and we have also planned to continue to run some social emotional well-being sessions for small groups of pupils; some of the funding will be used to purchase additional resources in this area and also to access training for members of staff.