Across Astrea Academy Trust, we continue to strive to address any barriers faced by pupils who experience social disadvantage. The evidence-informed approaches we adopt across the Trust are rooted in tacking disadvantage in the classroom through supporting quality first teaching, targeted approaches/interventions and in relation to supporting wider pupil level issues such as attendance. All of which are in line with the EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium.
Many of the pupil premium chosen approaches are longer term. This is in line with the EEF guidance on Putting Evidence to Work – A School’s Guide to Implementation which states that interventions need to be implemented effectively and over time, allowing for new activities to be embedded and evaluated to create sustainable positive outcomes for disadvantaged learners.
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery. It provides additional funding for state-funded schools, and is planned to cover the 2021 to 2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-24 academic years. The recovery premium is allocated using the same data as the pupil premium.
DfE guidance on the Recovery Premium states that schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils, citing the EEF guide. DFE guidance also states that schools may spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding, and direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest.
Who can I contact about Pupil Premium?
- If you think you may qualify for pupil premium due to free school meal entitlement or you are an armed services family you can apply online at the web sites below:
- Free school meals: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
- Students with a close family member in the armed forces: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium
- St Ivo Academy contact if you need discussion: Dave Varey (Assistant Principal) email@example.com or 01480 375400
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional government funding for publicly funded schools in England for two policies:
- Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and to close the gap between them and their peers.
- Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
‘Disadvantaged pupil’ is defined as:
- Pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
- Looked-after Children (LAC) in social care, and post-LAC children (adoption; a special guardianship order; a child arrangements order; a residence order).
The Department for Education encourages schools to use the PPG allocation (which is in addition to main school funding) to tackle educational equality, including narrowing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. A good education is regarded as the key to improving life chances.
St Ivo uses Pupil Premium to raise attainment, and also enhance personal development. The approach at St Ivo is linked to the seven building blocks identified by the National Foundation for Educational Research as having success in raising attainment for disadvantaged students.