The Pupil Premium Grant is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel.
Pupil Premium Statement 2020
At this school and across schools nationally, the period from mid-March 2020 until the end of the academic year has been dominated by the outbreak of COVID-19. The much reduced opening of mainstream schools in March, followed by the wider opening of schools from 1st June 2020, has had a significant impact on the ability to implement many of the actions and strategies outlined in the Pupil Premium Strategy covering the period 2019-20.
Consequently, it has not been possible to thoroughly evaluate all planned strategies. However, where possible, a review has taken place and provision adapted to support our most disadvantaged pupils and their families.
Across Astrea Academy Trust, we have continued to strive to address any barriers faced by pupils who experience social disadvantage, including additional issues faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 and it will be necessary and desirable for leaders to continue some of the planned 2019-20 actions into the 2020-21 academic year and beyond. 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.
The grant for 2020-2021 for pupil premium is £ 262,275
For full details of the 2020-21 objectives and plans can be found on these following documents
This document summarises how Byron Wood uses its Pupil Premium Funding, showing how the spending is divided between the three categories of Teaching, Targeted academic support and Wider strategies
For a breakdown of the planned PPG spend for 2019-2020 and how the 2018-2019 grant was used click here
PPG spend for 2018-2019 and how the 2017-2018 grant was used click here
PPG spend for 2017-2018 and how the 2016-2017 grant was used and the impact of PP click here
Click here to see the seven building blocks identified by the research undertaken by NFER that are common in schools which are more successful in raising disadvantaged pupils’ attainment.