Our Pupil Premium strategy was reviewed and adjusted in the Autumn term following a return to school in September 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting partial closure of school in January have and continue to impact on our ability to deliver some of our planned actions. Changes to school procedures may also impact on some of our planned actions, but the safety of pupils, parents and staff remains of the highest importance.
Pupil Premium funding to raise attainment, support and enrich the education of pupils entitled to this additional funding will now also be supported by Catch Up Funding, given speciifcally to reduce the impact of the Covid -10 pandemic on learners across school.
At Berry Hill Primary school, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe in unlocking the talent of all children and enabling them to fulfil their potential. We are a primary school committed to ensuring all our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.
Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to help schools diminish the difference between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers’. If a child has eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been continuously looked after (in public care) for at least 6 months, the school receives an amount per head within their budget to help support these children.
Our Pupil Premium strategy is part of our whole school strategy and ethos. We aim to provide all children with the best possible start to life, equipping them with skills and learning, embedding these through our rich curriculum and opening doors through our enrichment. The funding the school receives for each Pupil Premium child (£1345 per pupil per year) is used to provide a high standard teaching and support – supporting pupils to fulfil their potential and ensure a gap in progress does not develop between pupil premium children and non-pupil premium children. Berry Hill has a lower proportion Pupil Premium pupils (approximately 10%) than national average for Primary schools (13.7%)
Our approach is tiered as recommended by the Education Endowment Fund. Teaching is the top priority, including professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Direct Targeted support for identified pupils is a key component of our developing and improving the Pupil Premium strategy. We also consider strategies that relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour, social and emotional support. Our spending is reviewed annually to ensure we address the current barriers faced by our pupils. Children can access support through needs analysis or referral.
Our school’s Children’s Champion is directly responsible for Pupil Premium, alongside supporting other vulnerable groups within school. Attendance and academic progress of Pupil Premium children is carefully monitored through in school tracking, and actions are taken to ensure all children’s talent is unlocked and their potential is fulfilled.
Our Pupil Premium provisions are audited annually, and an action plan to improve the provision also informs the strategy.
For the academic year 2020-2021, our Pupil Premium allocation stands as £65,905.
This funding is used in conjunction with school funding to meet our whole school priorities:
- Early identification and response to children facing a range of barriers, ensuring PP pupils running below expected progress access quality teaching and interventions.
- To ensure staff are trained and confident in delivering lessons and interventions linked to reading and Phonics, closing the gap for PP pupils.
- Improve reading experiences, fluency and stamina
- Ensuring staff use evidence-based whole-class teaching interventions such as Active learning and P4C
- Ensure children receive social, emotional and nurture support as needed to ensure readiness to learn, alongside developing parental support
Examples of Pupil Premium funding suggested to meet these priority areas include:
- Curriculum development for reading, writing and SPaG
- Phonics training and curriculum development to improve Phonics and early reading outcomes
- Targeted interventions to support vocabulary, reading, writing, maths or SPaG
- Fine and gross motor interventions
- Nurture Breakfast or Snack Packs
- ELSA work to support emotional resilience and support emotional development
- Theraplay, drawing and talking, social support or Lego therapy for identified children
- 1:1 reading support and Reading Ambassadors/Book Buddy programme to develop the love of reading and reading fluency.