Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-2023
What is pupil premium?
Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils 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 pupils.
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 2022-2023, the Premium is worth £1,385 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM FTE aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC premium. £2, 410 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 11 and £320 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 are 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 Talk for Writing programme to improve the teaching of writing throughout school. We will be supporting staff with training and development throughout the year. The lead of the programme will also be observing lessons and offering feedback and support to staff to enable future development.
Targeted academic support
Children will continue to attend phonic and reading interventions. For the bottom 20% of readers in Foundation Stage 2 to Year 2, we provide Fast Track Tutoring sessions in an afternoon. During this time, children have a one-to-one session to recap their reading knowledge appropriate to the phonics group they are in. This provides them with confidence, greater practice of new skills, more time for reading, and ensures children keep up. For children in Year 4 to Year 6 who are still finding reading a challenge and are not secure in their phonics knowledge, we provide Fresh Start teaching sessions four times a week. These are phonics sessions tailored to older children to support them with their reading and ensure these children make accelerated progress. As in Key-Stage 1, children are assessed and grouped according to their reading level to ensure the teaching is targeted and effective.
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.