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|
|Service children||Service premium per pupil|
|Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence||£310|
1 Ever 6 free school meals children
For mainstream and special schools, the pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 will include pupils recorded in the October 2020 school census who have had a recorded period of FSM eligibility since January 2015, as well as those first recorded as eligible at October 2020.
For pupil referral units, the pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 will include pupils recorded in the January 2021 school census who have had a recorded period of FSM eligibility since May 2015, as well as those first recorded as eligible at January 2021.
For the purposes of these grant conditions, these pupils are collectively referred to as Ever 6 FSM.
2 Children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
For 2021 to 2022, pupil premium eligibility is being extended to pupils eligible for free school meals under the temporary extension set out in the coronavirus (covid-19): temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups guidance. As these pupils are not registered as eligible in the school census, eligible schools will need to make a claim for additional pupil premium funding for these pupils. Further details on the claims process for these pupils will be published in due course.
3 Children adopted from care or who have left care
For mainstream and special schools, the pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 will include pupils recorded in the October 2020 school census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.
For pupil referral units, the pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 will include post-LAC pupils recorded in the January 2021 school census.
4 Ever 6 service children
For mainstream and special schools, the service premium for 2021 to 2022 will include pupils recorded in the October 2020 school census who have been eligible for the service child premium at any point since the January 2015 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time in the October 2020 school census.
For pupil referral units, the service premium for 2021 to 2022 will include these pupils, as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time in the January 2021 school.
For the purposes of these grant conditions, these pupils are collectively referred to as Ever 6 service children. Service children are not regarded as disadvantaged; their premium is allocated for pastoral support purposes.
Use of the pupil premium
Funding paid to schools
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.
Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:
- training and professional development for teachers
- recruitment and retention
- support for teachers early in their careers
Targeted academic support
Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:
- one-to-one tuition
- small group tuition
- speech and language therapy
Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:
- school breakfast clubs
- counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits
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.
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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