Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2022
What is pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium for 2021 to 2022 will include pupils recorded in the October 2020 school census who have had a recorded period of free school meal (FSM) eligibility since January 2015, as well as those first recorded as eligible at October 2020, these pupils are collectively referred to as Ever 6 FSM. The pupil Premium will also include pupils eligible for free school meals under the temporary extension set out in the coronavirus (children with no recourse to public funds/NRPF) and who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best support the raising attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. For 2021-2022, the Premium is worth £1,346 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM FTE and each eligible NRPF FTE pupil, aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC premium, £2, 345 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 11 and £310 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11, who is either Ever 6 Service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS). How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Why is there a pupil premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
How many pupils at Norbridge are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 25% of students at Norbridge are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
At Norbridge we do not stereotype disadvantaged pupils as a group with less potential to succeed, we want every child to develop to their full potential, irrespective of disadvantage. We pride ourselves on using the Pupil Premium to identify and remove any barrier to learning to ensure that disadvantaged children leaving Key Stage Two achieve at least in line with their peers, securing outstanding progress and attainment. Beyond this we invest in the curriculum to provide opportunities for all children to participate in high quality music, sports, art and language tuition, as well as using a wide range of in school experiences, educational visits and residential trips to bring the curriculum to life. This year we will be focusing on individual needs. We understand that every child is unique and will have their own individual needs, which may well vary throughout their time at school. We will be speaking to children about their dreams and ambitions and putting plans in place to help them achieve them.
Our tiered approach:
Setting priorities is key to maximizing the use of the PPG. We have adopted a tiered approach to define our priorities and ensure balance. Our tiered approach includes three categories:
Quality of Teaching
Targeted academic support
Quality of Teaching:
Good and Outstanding teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Using the PPG to improve teaching quality benefits all pupils and has a particularly positive effect on children eligible for PP. Our priorities at Norbridge Academy is to ensure that a highly effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is provided with opportunities to keep improving. We have invested in the Read Write Inc programme to improve the teaching of phonics and reading throughout school. This programme will also introduce children to rich vocabulary that will challenge them appropriately to expand the words they know, through reading books, texts used in the RWI lessons and texts used throughout the school day. We will be supporting staff with training and development throughout the year. The lead of the RWI programme will also be observing lessons and offering feedback and support to staff to enable future development.
Targeted academic support:
We will be monitoring the use of Accelerated Reader throughout KS2 and we will be using the PPG to ensure all children have access to AR at home. The PP lead will meet every half term with the AR lead to monitor children’s use and identify if any support is needed.
This year we will continue to use a Family Liaison Officer daily to improve attendance and foster links with parents. We will be providing a breakfast and afterschool club for pupils to ensure they have had a nutritious breakfast and are ready to learn. As well as this, the PPB will be used to finance visits throughout the year and provide children with any equipment/clothing they need to attend these visits. We will deliver cultural capital through visits to museums, musical performances and sporting events. Finally, we will look at pupil’s individual needs and use the PPG to support personal development.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
At Norbridge, children’s attainment is assessed, monitored and analysed each half term. Alongside our usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, children in receipt of Pupil Premium are identified and tracked as a discrete group. This analysis is then used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. In addition to quantitative data our monitoring cycle includes gathering evidence in terms of feedback from children, parents and staff as to what is working well and where further support is needed.
How will the school measure the impact of Pupil Premium Funding?
-Class teachers to measure attainment and progress at termly intervals throughout the year.
-All teachers are responsible for tracking the progress of all vulnerable groups, including PP, SEND and EAL. This information is then collated and monitored by SMT.
-Pupil Progress meetings are held every 3 weeks between class teachers and SMT to monitor impact and identify any concerns to be addressed.
-Attendance data is collected and monitored by the Family Liaison Officer and SMT.
-When selecting pupils for interventions groups and support, this will not be limited to children who are in receipt of PP funding, but will include other pupils who have similar needs, and who we believe will benefit from the support/intervention.
-Ofsted inspections will report on the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils in receipt of the PPG.
-The school is held to account for the spending of the PPG through the focus in Ofsted inspections on the progress and attainment of the wider pupil premium, eligible cohort, however, they will not look for evidence of the grant’s impact on individual pupils, or on precise interventions.
Please read the attached information which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.