At Arnbrook Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to an education which allows every child to achieve their potential regardless of their starting point in life or personal circumstances. The government believes this additional funding is the best way to tackle those inequalities to enable children to have the best outcomes.
Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to all schools to support pupils within the following categories:
We send a letter home to all parents/carers each year, explaining which children are eligible and how to register. Registering is quick and easy – just type ‘Nottinghamshire Citizen Portal’ into Google and click on the link to register. If you need any help, please speak to a member of staff. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. All Foundation and KS1 parents who register will receive a £5 free school uniform voucher as they already receive universal free school meals.
The decision about how the individual schools use their Pupil Premium is left to each school with the expectation that they will close the gap in attainment and progress between those eligible and other children nationally. “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DfE). Therefore, schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support these pupils. Measures are included in the performance tables which capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the grant.
At Arnbrook Primary, we use funding in a range of ways to support all pupils including those who qualify for Pupil Premium. Each year we put together a comprehensive plan of interventions that we feel will best allow our pupils to meet their full potential, all disadvantaged pupils have an individual pupil passport identifying their specific barriers to learning and every term a strategy is selected that will be used in order to tackle that barrier to their learning. At the end of the academic year we then analyse the impact of the interventions and strategies used to ensure they provide best value and that progress has been made.
At Arnbrook Primary School we have developed an action plan (a Pupil Premium Funding Strategy) in order to continue to improve provision and raise achievement for all children in receipt of pupil premium funding. This document, and a review of the previous year's spending, can be downloaded below.
What is the Catch Up Premium?
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. Please see our Catch Up Premium Strategy below.