The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2021.
PPG provides funding for two separate policies:
- raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
- supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
Rates for eligible pupils
The PPG per-pupil rate for 2021 to 2022 is as follows:
|Disadvantaged pupils||Pupil premium per pupil|
|Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals (FSM) as well as eligible children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) pupils in these year groups||£1,345|
|Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM as well as eligible NRPF pupils in these year groups||£955|
|Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority||£2,345|
|Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)||£2,345|
Use of the pupil premium
School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.
Barriers to Learning
When we make decisions regarding the use of Pupil Premium funding it is important that we consider the context of the school and the challenges faced by our pupils. We recognise that pupils can experience many barriers to their learning and that these barriers can be long term, short term or can change over time. We believe that it is vital that these barriers are identified and addressed in order for our pupils to achieve their maximum potential. Typical barriers to learning experienced by our pupils at Oakfield include:
- lack of support at home
- low levels of aspiration
- social and emotional difficulties
- lack of resilience
- low confidence and self-esteem
- lack of resources to support home learning
- family conflict and social problems
- a narrow range of experiences
Key Objectives (based on barriers to learning)
- To support social and emotional development enabling disadvantaged children to learn effectively.
- To provide quality-first teaching, including high quality, immediate feedback and enhanced levels of support
- To accelerate pupil progress and raise attainment
- To broaden experiences and widen opportunities for children
- To develop the ’whole-child’ by providing an enriched, holistic curriculum.
Recovery Premium Funding
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
The recovery premium will be allocated using the same data as the pupil premium. This means the following pupils will attract recovery premium funding to schools:
- pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC)
- post looked-after children (post-LAC)
School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.
Mainstream schools will get:
- £145 for each eligible pupil in mainstream education
- £290 for each eligible pupil in a special unit
The purpose of this report is to inform parents, carers and governors how much pupil premium the school received for 2020 – 2021 how it was spent and the impact it on pupils’ achievement. The report also explains how the pupil premium for 2021 – 2022 will be used:
Oakfield School reviews the pupils premium strategy termly. The Pupil Premium is authorised by the Governing Body.
Lee Thompson – Pupil Premium Lead
Huw Jones – Governor Lead
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