What is the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of pupils who are vulnerable to underachievement. The intention is that the grant will support schools in closing the gap between the academic performance of those children who are eligible to receive it and those who are not.
Pupil Premium Grant funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils that they have on roll who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Pupils who are categorised as “Ever 6 FSM” – meaning those who are recorded in the school census as eligible for free school meals (FSM) now or in any of the previous six years.
- Pupils who are looked after, adopted from care or who have left care, including those on a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements Order.
- Pupils who are categorised as “Ever 6 Service Children” – meaning pupils who are recorded as a service child now or have been in any of the previous six years. (These pupils will have at least one parent who is either serving in the regular armed forces or who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service.)
Pupil Premium Grant income over time
In April 2020, Pupil Premium funding increased by £20 to £1,345 per eligible primary-aged pupil. (The figure was initially £953 per eligible primary-aged pupil upon the grant’s introduction in 2014.)
The table below details the amount of Pupil Premium Grant funding that Hazeldown Primary School has received over time:
|Financial Year||PPG Funding Received|
Since the grant was introduced, the combined income of £625,067 has been thoughtfully spent in core areas where impact relating to spending can be, and has been, proven.
We place significant focus on ensuring that all children in the school receive quality-first teaching; our annual expenditure can largely be categorised in the following four ways:
- Quality-first teaching – Staffing (the people working alongside the children)
- Quality-first teaching – Staff Training / CPD (the training undertaken by the people working with the children)
- Quality-first teaching – Resources (the resources provided to support the children with their learning)
- Parental support / providing pupils with access to opportunities that they may not have been able to access without the support of the funding
A comprehensive breakdown of how the funding has been, and will be, spent – both for the current financial year and for previous years – and the impact of this funding, can be found within the following documents.
Summary data for each academic year is analysed upon release from the government in the subsequent Autumn Term and displayed in the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.
We have also created the following Pupil Premium Profiles for different year groups, which exemplify how we have spent the Pupil Premium funding, for best impact.
What kind of support do we provide for Pupil Premium children?
The school tracks the progress of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding – both as individuals and as an overall group, additionally allocating specific teaching, guidance, challenge and support to ensure the funding enables children who are eligible for the grant to progress and attain to the highest possible level. This is carried out at all levels as Senior Leaders make sure all staff are acutely aware of both the needs and expectations surrounding Pupil Premium.
Examples of how the funding is used include:
- specific one to one or small group teaching, including pre-learning;
- coaching and conferencing;
- parent liaison;
- additional support in specific subjects;
- social and emotional development work;
- specialist teaching / support.
The teachers with the strongest, proven track records in raising attainment and achievement are the practitioners who work uppermost with our Pupil Premium children.
What else is in place to help children eligible for pupil premium to achieve well?
At Hazeldown Primary we allocate our Pupil Premium budget to make sure that we have highly-skilled teachers working to improve the progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium funding. This means that each team has carefully structured teaching time built into the team to raise the attainment, aspiration, and expectation on pupils. We track the pupils’ progress very carefully at precise and regular intervals (half termly Pupil Progress Meetings and termly ‘data drops’). The leadership team, spend time ensuring that children eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant are stretched and supported to the fullest extent. They are a priority group.
We have worked to improve provision by referencing national research and evidence-based studies, such as the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit. This has included an extensive development of feedback and dialogue strategies for children, and work on metacognition (understanding how we learn, including self-regulation). We have invested significant staff meeting time to ensure that all our staff are confident in these areas.
We also invest school Pupil Premium funds to make sure that every teacher has the required training and skills to maximise and fulfil their potential. This includes spending Pupil Premium funds on training and support to ensure that skilled Teaching Assistants are providing great quality support and delivering specific intervention programmes for children. This has been particularly evident within Mathematics where ‘Counting to Calculate’ and ‘Success at Arithmetic’ have been delivered successfully by Teaching Assistants.
How do we make sure the support for those eligible for the funding is effective and monitor its impact?
- We track the PP children closely. Teachers return detailed assessments against age-related expectations every term; this assessment information is analysed by Lee Goodenough, Pupil Premium Lead. Furthermore, the children’s progress / attainment in each year group is also discussed with the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher during half termly Pupil Progress meetings.
- Teachers focus on individual children’s needs – assessment for learning – if progress slows, they intervene quickly to ensure the best progress.
- The leadership team in school hold key information about each PP child and review progress specifically. This includes regular monitoring of books and outcomes for children.
- The specialist teacher (DHT) assigned responsibility for PP children tracks all PP children extensively. Any adjustments that need to be made to provision can be undertaken quickly to maximise progress. Each child is personally tracked on a specific tracking document.
- Observations of Pupil Premium children in the class help to ensure the quality of provision.
What is the impact of our support?
The school is working extremely hard to ensure the gap in attainment between those who are not eligible for Pupil Premium funding and those who are is closed and to ensure all children attain and achieve highly, irrespective of their group.
If you have any questions at all about this approach, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Goodenough (Deputy Head).
If you believe your child may be eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant, please contact our school office as soon as possible.