What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged learners in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other learners.
The school receives funding for learners who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years (including eligible children of families with no recourse to public funds). Funding for primary aged learners is £1,385 and £985 for secondary aged learners. From April 2023 pupil premium rates have risen by 5% per pupil reflecting the government’s aim to “embed tutoring in schools long-term”. Pupil premium rates have increased to £1,455 for primary-age pupils and £1,035 for secondary-age pupils. Looked-after children have risen to £2,530.
52% of eligible learners on roll currently receive Pupil Premium. The learners are in every class and across the ability range. St Giles is a specialist school and all our learners have learning difficulties, with additional physical disabilities, medical needs or complex speech and language difficulties.
What is Recovery Premium?
The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.
It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils and pupils in specialist settings such as special schools. This is because the Government recognises the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.
Schools can use it to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need.
This year the school is receiving £290 per pupil in Lower and Middle School and £552 per pupil in Upper School.
Principles for supporting socially disadvantaged learners:
At St Giles our aim is to use pupil premium funding to help us achieve and sustain positive outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils. We recognise that socio-economic disadvantage is not always the primary challenge our pupils face and that all our pupils have complex physical and medical needs and learning difficulties. We recognise that they continue to experience disadvantage as a result of the pandemic.
At the heart of our approach is a commitment to putting the best support is in place for maximising progress for the most vulnerable pupils in addition to our core provision.
Although our strategy is focused on the needs of our most vulnerable pupils and those who have been disadvantaged by the pandemic, it will benefit all pupils in our school where funding is spent on whole-school approaches, such as high-quality teaching. Implicit in the strategy is the intention that outcomes for non-disadvantaged pupils will be improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers.
Our strategy is integral to wider school plans for education recovery, notably through engagement with the School Led Tutoring Programme for pupils that have been worst affected, including non-disadvantaged pupils. The Pupil Premium strategy compliments the planned outcomes of the School Development Plan, the Equalities Action Plan, the Accessibility Plan and the St Giles Curriculum Pathways Intent. It is reflected in the appraisal targets set this year for the staff team.
Our strategy will be driven by the needs and strengths of each young person, based on formal, informal, formative and summative assessments. This helps us to ensure that we offer them the relevant skills and experience they require to be the best that they can be.
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