Pupil Premium Spending 2019-21
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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.
The pupil premium (PP) currently stands at £950.00 per child per year and is used to help fund a range of educational benefits for pupils across the school such as targeted small group interventions, additional pastoral support, or inclusion in school activities such as extra-curricular clubs, school trips, and music lessons.
It is a requirement that by the end of the autumn term each year the school publishes how the previous year’s pupil premium money made an impact on closing the educational gap between those pupils receiving pupil premium and those not receiving pupil premium.
The Academy closely follows the Statement of Principals set out by the CMAT (https://www.cmatrust.co.uk/policies/) and every academy in the trust subscribes to the CMAT Pupil Premium Charter.
In addition to the principals above Stratton Upper School have worked together with other CMAT schools to create the unique ‘CMAT Pupil Premium Charter’ . The charter has actions to ensure the academic gap between pupils who are disadvantaged and those who are non-disadvantaged narrows in all its schools. The CMAT PP Charter is the minimum guarantee to all pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding who attend a CMAT school.
The CMAT Pupil Premium Charter ensures a focus on closing the gap in attainment, attendance, parental engagement, CEIAG (Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance) and pupil experiences. There is much evidence to suggest that those in receipt of pupil premium funding do not experience activities and opportunities which broaden their outlook and perspective on the world.
Therefore, a significant strand of the charter focuses on giving pupils experiences and we encourage all pupils, but especially those in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding, to take part in school trips and visits and to live a childhood set of experiences. We have therefore also created a list of things we would like all pupil premium pupils to have achieved by the end of year 8.
At Stratton Upper School we have outlined our particular priorities in the PP Strategy document, many of which align with the CMAT PP Charter. This strategy is normally for one year but due to coronavirus we followed government guidance and have aligned this with two academic years, 2019- to 2021.
The PP charter’s impact will be reviewed throughout the year internally by the school’s Pupil Premium Champion as well as through Quality assurance visits coordinated by the Trust. The overall strategy and its impact are reviewed annually by the Academy.
Report on Academic year 2019-20
The coronavirus interrupted a significant number of planned activities for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding. We have therefore followed government advice and will report the impact of funding from both 2019-20 and academic year 2020-21 in the autumn term 2021. We have withdrawn the Pupil Premium outline of spending for the academic year 2019-20 from our website.
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• CMAT Pupil Premium Statement of Principals
• CMAT Pupil Premium Charter
• Stratton Upper School Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-21
• Pupil Premium projected spend 2020-21
Coronavirus Catch Up Premium 2020-21
The government, due to the Coronavirus has allocated catch up premium funding for each school. The funding is based on £80 per pupil for all pupils in years from reception through to year 11. This catch up premium includes the Literacy and Numeracy Catch up funding, as described above, that was previously a separate and distinct funding stream. The government have advised that schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up on lost learning during the year 2019-20 and also 2020-21. ‘Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances’ and this includes ensuring that each school is able to deliver remote learning be that virtually or through paper resources.
CMAT supports schools to make the best use of this funding by focussing on evidence based approaches as exemplified in the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) report coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools . CMAT schools use this document to help them target this additional funding in the most effective way.
At Stratton Upper School we have outlined a costed programme, which is adaptable should the circumstances of the academy change due to covid, for 2020-21. These include:
• small group or one-to-one tuition some of which is through the National Tutoring Programme but we also have tutoring being delivered by school staff.
• Holiday programmes to help re-engage pupils
• Ensuring the provision of remote online learning by purchasing more handheld devices and laptops.
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• Stratton Upper School The Coronavirus Catch Up Costed Plan for 2020-21
**Please note that this is an evolving document and may change as the academic year develops dependent upon circumstances.