Pupil Premium and Catch Up
Pupil premium funding was introduced in April 2011 to support ‘vulnerable’ children. The school’s definition for ‘vulnerable children’ is those children that are deemed to be socially or economically disadvantaged as well as those who are experiencing emotional difficulties or trauma. In many cases this may be children who are entitled to Free School Meals but the school is aware that there are other children who will be experiencing difficulties and need support. The performance of all children in the school is closely tracked but those who fall into the pupil premium group will have their performance monitored by a dedicated member of staff.
For the financial year (April 2020-March 2021) the sum allocated to the school is calculated based on the number of pupils currently in school eligible for FSM and also for those who have received FSM in the past 6 years-The amount for this year is £112,000 plus a 2019-20 carry forward. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings
The school recognises that children in these groups have significant barriers to their learning (both within and outside of school). The main barriers within our school are: missing prerequisites for literacy and numeracy, emotional resilience, self-image as a learner and attendance/punctuality.
We have used part of the funding to provide support for families and children from the school’s learning mentor, additional classroom support as well as a programme of targeted activities. These targeted activities may take place both within and outside of class and may take the form of individual or group sessions. For this year the targeted activities include the following:
- Tuition (1 to 1, 1 to 2 and small groups)
- Aspiring to university trip
- Clubs & interventions for raising self esteem, social skills and supporting transition
- Educational visits
- Online adaptive maths computer programme
- Counselling support for families
- Booster sessions for Y6 mathematics
- Coaching to enhance and support teaching
- Intervention resources
- Access to clubs
- Individualised resources for each child
- Meeting basic needs
- Summer school to support transition for Y3,4,5
Governors are closely monitoring the impact of the expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school who have benefited from the grant funding every term. The pupil premium data is reviewed by governors on a termly basis and the last Pupil Premium review was Spring 2021, a governor impact afternoon focusing on Pupil Premium was carried out in Autumn 2018. The last external review was carried out in January 2020. " Moulsham Juniors and its leaders and staff are committed to closing the gap for pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant. They demonstrate this through a very wide range of actions, interventions and support and use the money very wisely and with impact. Staff build good relationships with pupils and their families, they are passionate about wellbeing for all, and are flexible in their approach so that this is possible. The experiences, over and above the rich curriculum are extensive and very valuable for lifelong learning habits and supporting pupils as they move towards the world of employment and further study. "
The next review by governors will be in the Autumn 2021.
Impact is measured both quantitatively (through progress and attainment data) with the expectation that pupil premium children make at least expected progress in line with their peers across the academic year (within MJS this is 6 steps progress, on average 1 step per half term, 2 steps per term etc.) and that progress for our pupils is inline with national progress trends. For those strategies where data is not appropriate impact is measured qualitatively through feedback from pupils, parents and practitioners, questionnaires and observations.
Information on the impact of these activities is updated termly and is published below.
The government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure because of COVID. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. For the financial year (September 2020-July 2021) the sum allocated to the school is calculated based on the number of pupils currently in school eligible at £80 per pupil-The amount for this year is £54,000. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/catch-up-premium-coronavirus-covid-19/catch-up-premium
The school's internal data has shown that writing attainment has been impacted the most, followed by numeracy and then reading. The funding is being used across the year and the foci will change according to need. We have planned to use our funding in a range of ways and this is being reviewed and developed each term:
- Access to technology
- Supporting daily reading
- Online tuition
Governors are closely monitoring the plans for the use of Catch Up funding (Autumn Term 2020) and will be analysing the impact of the expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school who have benefited from the funding every term. School data is reviewed by governors on a termly basis and the next review will be Spring 2021.