Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/2021
Our funding allocation for this academic year is: £11,160.
- £1320 for each child eligible for pupil premium funding
- £300 for each child eligible for Early Years Premium
- £300 for services children
4% of children are eligible for pupil premium funding and 4% are eligible for free school meals.
Pupil premium is allocated to schools to help to address underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers and ultimately reduce the attainment gap between them. The needs of disadvantaged children are mapped by senior leaders and their attainment and progress are carefully tracked to evaluate the impact of the pupil premium funding.
During the pandemic, leaders have maintained a high level of communication with families eligible for pupil premium funding, to ensure disadvantaged children continue to receive the support they need and are effectively safeguarded. During the first lockdown, all disadvantaged pupils were invited to attend the key worker care provision which ran for the entire duration of lockdown, including throughout school holidays. Financial assistance for transport to and from school was provided where necessary and children without access to remote learning were provided with tablet devices. Families were offered the option of a packed lunch each day or the equivalent value of supermarket vouchers. This support will continue for the duration of the pandemic.
Our priorities at The Russell School are to:
- Close gaps in attainment between groups of pupils. Our strategy is to invest in intervention at the earliest opportunity whenever possible to narrow the gap for those pupils not on track to achieve secondary readiness at the end of KS2.
- Review and build on the positive impact of previous pupil premium spending, further developing and extending earlier provision to meet the identified needs of the pupils through targeted additional support and intervention.
- Sustain positive impact for all pupils through investment in high quality resources, training and learning opportunities.
- Enable pupils eligible for pupil premium funding to access all areas of the curriculum through subsidised trips and activities.
- Use academic research (Sutton Trust report, Carol Dweck, John Hattie etc) to make informed choices about the most suitable interventions to use with our children to ensure we are promoting challenge for all children.
- Ensure early identification of additional needs and promote early intervention programmes.
- Accelerate the progress of more able pupils.
- Ensure that there is extra adult support to facilitate emotional and social development.
Barriers to the educational achievement faced by our PPG pupils are varied and are unique to the individuals. Common barriers to the learning of our PPG pupils can be:
- A lower rate of attendance than peers
- Restricted access to extra - curricular activities and music lessons due to financial constraints
- Lack of confidence
- Weak language or communication skills
- Lesser amount of support for learning at home compared to their peers
- Punctuality issues
Research led by the Sutton Trust and their toolkit continues to inform our decisions on how to allocate pupil premium funding to ensure maximum impact on our disadvantaged pupils.