Pupil Premium & Catch-Up
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Additionally guidance in 2015 advises that schools do not have to spend the PPG income in the year it was received, some of the grant can be carried over to future years – providing the school can ensure those funds are spent effectively and efficiently. The Government however is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘close the gap’.
Pupil Premium will be allocated in 2020/21 as follows:
|Eligible Pupil||Per Pupil Rate|
|Disadvantaged pupils: primary||£1,345|
|Disadvantaged pupils: secondary||£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, a child arrangement order or a residence order||£2,345|
Some disadvantaged pupils may experience barriers to their learning. These may include:
- Attendance and punctuality: statistically there is a gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium attendance. There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement.
- Low income: pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding are less likely to become involved in extra-curricular clubs and activities and therefore we will ensure children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding are given the same opportunities to join clubs and activities as their peers.
- Resources to be ready to learn: pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding may not have the correct resources to learn and therefore they will be provided with these.
- Parental engagement: engaging parents in their child’s learning and wider school life is essential. Some parents may not have had a positive school experience themselves.
- Prior attainment: some pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding achieve below DfE expected attainment at the end of KS2 compared to their non-disadvantaged peers.
- Emotional resilience and aspirations: we challenge low aspirations for future pathways and careers.
- Motivation and behaviour: we break down negative behaviour patterns which may have arisen due to poor prior attainment or a lack of experience of success at school
UVHS Pupil Premium Numbers 2020-21
The outcomes for students with pupil premium at Ulverston Victoria High School compare favourably with similar schools nationally and we are always striving to improve them. The Pupil Premium headline data and outcomes can be found in appendix A of the Pupil Premium Policy.
We have been allocated £135,105 for the period of April 2020 to March 2021 based on the number of pupils receiving free school meals or those who have previously been entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years, those who are “Children Looked After” and those whose parents are in the services. This represents a decrease from previous years' funding, however we have committed further “whole school funds” to closing the gap.
Our current Pupil Premium Strategy outlines how we intend to use the funding this year.
The continuing purpose
Our purpose is to continue to:
•Improve the achievement of those eligible for pupil premium.
•To increase the number of levels of progress achieved by those eligible for pupil premium.
•To improve the attendance of those eligible for pupil premium.
•To ensure all those eligible for pupil premium are prepared for the world of work or further higher study.
Monitoring of Funding and Reporting of Outcomes
The Assistant Headteacher responsible for Intervention will liaise with the Senior Leadership Team and the School Business Manager when additional needs arise and is responsible for the quality assurance of the interventions and will report back to all parties named and to the Governing Body. Our Pupil Premium Strategy Review is available here. This task has been carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.