What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support those vulnerable pupils who are at risk of underachievement and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. In 2021-22, the school will receive Pupil Premium funding of £1,320 per child, based on pupils recorded on the January 2021 school census who are known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in any of the previous six years, as well as those first known as eligible in January 2020.
Pool Hayes Primary School is committed to enabling all children to gain an outstanding education. We recognise that children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds can face particular challenges and welcome the Pupil Premium as an important way to support them.
In September 2021 there were 67 pupils (32% of pupils on roll) eligible for Pupil Premium funding. This figure was comprised of 63 pupils who were currently eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and 5 pupils who had been eligible for FSM in the previous six years (Ever 6s). Our figure for pupils currently eligible for FSM, at 30%, was well above the national average of 17%.
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Main barriers to achievement for Pupil Premium children at Pool Hayes Primary
Following the extended closure of school in the previous academic year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our pupils face a unique set of challenges. However, it is generally accepted that for pupils from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those challenges will be exacerbated. Research undertaken in a number of schools nationally, by the Education Endowment Foundation, suggests three main implications for disadvantaged pupils following school closures:-
* School closures are likely to reverse progress made to narrow the gap in the last decade.
* Supporting effective remote learning will mitigate the extent to which the gap widens.
* Sustained support will be needed to help disadvantaged pupils catch up.
More specifically to Pool Hayes Primary, the main barriers to achievement that our Pupil Premium children face are:
1) Pupil Premium pupils enter the school with low attainment for speech and language. Consequently, many are not achieving ‘Good Level of Development’ (GLD) in the area of speech, language and communication by the end of the Foundation Stage.
2) Some Pupil Premium children are not achieving ARE in Reading, Writing and Maths by the end of KS2. Pupil Premium pupils are less likely to have engaged with home learning during the Covid-19 lockdown and school closure, which will lead to further widening of the attainment gap between the performance of these pupils and their peers/national.
3) The mental health and wellbeing of Pupil Premium pupils may have been disproportionately affected by the lockdown and school closure. Covid-19 may have exacerbated existing challenges or created new challenges for Pupil Premium pupils, such as loss of routines, friendships, opportunities and freedom. This may impact negatively upon their learning on return to school.
4) Attendance and punctuality for Pupil Premium pupils is lower than the average for the rest of the school. At the end of 2018/19 academic year, 25% of Pupil Premium pupils had attendance of less than 90% (i.e. persistent absence), compared with 17.6% of non-PP pupils across the school. (Accurate figures for 2019/20/21 not available due to school closure).
5) Some Pupil Premium pupils have less opportunity to practise skills or continue their learning at home. Many Pupil Premium children have limited, or no, access to ICT at home. This has prevented them from completing online learning at home during lockdown in the previous academic year, and will continue to do so during any future lockdowns.
How we will overcome these barriers to achievement.
We aim to tackle these barriers by focusing resources, teaching, support and interventions to accelerate progress and reduce the attainment gap between Pupil Premium and non-pupil premium children and to provide them with a high quality learning environment. We will continue to provide a range of opportunities – both formal and informal – for parents or carers of Pupil Premium pupils to engage with the school and to support their children with their learning.
More detail of how we intend to support our Pupil Premium pupils during the 2021-22 academic is given in our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (to include Catch-Up Premium), and published here.