Pupil Premium 2021-22
To register your child for Pupil Premium please use this link
At Acomb First School, we believe that all children are entitled to an education which allows every child to achieve their potential regardless of their starting point in life or personal circumstances. Pupil Premium is additional funding to main school funding, designed to address the current underlying national inequalities between disadvantaged children (those eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service family children) and other children. Schools are currently given an additional £1345 per pupil.
Which pupils are entitled to Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to all schools to support pupils within the following categories:
- Pupils who are currently registered for Free School Meals.
- Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point during the last six years;
- Pupils in the care of a Local Authority;
- Pupils who have been adopted but have been looked after for one day or more, or were adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005 and left care under:
- A Special Guardianship Order on or after 30th December 2005
- A Residence Order on or after 14th October 1991
- Pupils whose parents are serving with the UK Armed Forces
What is Pupil Premium spent on?
The decision about how the individual schools use their Pupil Premium is left to each school with the expectation that they will close the gap in attainment and progress between those eligible and other children nationally. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DfE).
Therefore, schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support these pupils.
In June 2019, EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium was published by the Education Endowment Foundation which support schools in spending their Pupil Premium to maximise the benefit for their students. The report recommends school take a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending. Teaching should be the top priority, including professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Targeted support for struggling pupils should also be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy; as well as strategies that relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support. As a school we have used the information and research within this report to guide our spending of Pupil Premium money.
Government's Policy Paper on Pupil Premium - Published 30th January 2020
The extra funding has been used to fund the following strategies:
Professional development for teachers and support staff
To provide trained support staff (Learning support assistants)
To provide short and medium term intervention programmes supporting individuals in their learning
To support individual pupils in their personal, social and emotional development
To provide specific equipment for individual pupils to support their learning
The interventions and support provided are reviewed half termly to assess the impact on children's progress. Teaching and support staff meet together and the interventions are reviewed and then planned for the next half term.
Please see the attached strategy statements.