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Pupil premium and recovery premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Our aim is that all pupils experience excellence every day. We believe that the best way to reduce disadvantage is through the delivery of a challenging, knowledge rich curriculum for all pupils. Our pupil premium strategy is focused on ensuring that disadvantaged pupils leave school with the same knowledge, skills and qualifications as their peers. The strategy therefore centres on high quality teaching, with the provision of targeted academic support and wider strategies where needed. In 2020/21 we will receive £248,532 pupil premium funding and £35,960 recovery premium funding (additional funding to support schools with educational recovery following Covid-19).

Year 7 Catch-up premium

 

What is the Year 7 catch-up premium?

The Catch-Up Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to support Year 7 pupils who achieved below the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.  It is the expectation that this funding is used to support the improvement of the students’ reading and maths in Year 7.

The impact of the funding is evaluated at the end of each term in Year 7 and this is followed through into Year 8

In 2019-2020, the school has received £11,505 additional funding through the Catch-Up Premium.

 

Use of additional funding in 2019-20

Targeted support

Pupils benefit from small group and individual intervention in Year 7 (following through to Year 8 as needed), to build up and re-enforce a strong skill base in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension and numeracy. The purpose is to provide pupils with a toolkit of skills that allows them to access the mainstream curriculum more effectively.

 

This intervention is largely delivered by the SEND department staff, with numeracy intervention delivered by a maths intervention teacher.

 

Extra staffing is deployed into Year 7 so that a small teaching group can be created for those students who require extra support.

Whole school literacy and numeracy

Literacy activities in form time weekly including opportunities for debate following reading of key news articles, and also a regular weekly session devoted to reading.

 

Whole school development of the vocabulary of pupils through use of tier 2 and tier 3 words and the Frayer model for the explicit teaching of vocabulary.

 

Whole school focus on literacy and numeracy skills development across the curriculum. All departments ensure that literacy and numeracy are developed and enhanced within their curriculum as appropriate.

Additional resources

 

Purchase of additional texts and resources to support students with low confidence and reluctance in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

 

 

Impact of funding:  

Towards the end of the Spring term, good progress in both literacy and numeracy in pupils' books was observed. However, formal assessments did not take place to quantify gains, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and partial closure of schools.

Pupils did gain confidence in reading and enjoyed one-to-one sessions. In mathematics, most pupils made progress in closing gaps in prior learning and began to catch up with their peers.

Progress was maintained as much as possible during lockdown, as a result on online learning platforms and teaching online lessons via Teams.