FolloPupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to schools to better support pupils who are, or who previously been, eligible for Free School Meals. The funding also supports children who are or have previously been in care and children who are from service families.
The funding is used to close the attainment gap between this group of children and other children in the school by supporting their learning, offering additional experiences and providing alternative resources (for example).
At NPPS, we aim to fully support every child’s journey through school. This funding, however, allows us to implement additional support and opportunities for children in an additional way. We are continuously reviewing and updating our Pupil Premium Strategy, which can be found below, to provide our pupils with the most effective support for their needs.
A review of last year’s Pupil Premium Strategy and our current Pupil Premium Strategy can be found below. This year, all staff have had an input in the current Pupil Premium Strategy, with the needs of their pupils at the forefront of our minds when examining need and how we can support this need. Pupils' barriers to learning are identified in the strategy together with planned actions to overcome these barriers. The 3-year strategy outlines the school's intentions for the Pupil Premium funding for the next 3 years, with a specific annual action plan within the strategy to achieve these longer-term objectives. Please note that the review of the 2019-2020 is currently being completed; this has been held up due to the school's partial closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plans for the Pupil Premium from September 2020 (Recovery Curriculum)
Following the school's partial closure (from March 2020 until September 2020) the focus of Term 1's curriculum and the work being carried out using the Pupil Premium funding is centred around children's wellbeing, mental health and physical health. As well as the usual curriculum being covered in class for all National Curriculum subjects, teachers' priority has been and is to ensure that all children feel happy, confident and positive about being back in school, being with their friends and about their learning.
It's important to ensure that all children are ready to learn from first thing in the morning and throughout the school day. School looks and feels a bit different for children, parents and staff at the moment, and therefore our priority is to ensure everyone is comfortable and feels safe and secure.
We have introduced a new PSHE curriculum to support our focus on mental health and wellbeing and we are using some of the Pupil Premium funding to support children's integration back into classroom environments following the partial closure. We have already, since the school's full reopening, purchased Worry Monsters and placement mats in classrooms to allow children to share concerns, have a voice, feel comfortable in the classroom, respect one another's space and work collaboratively together. Our growing pastoral team, thanks to Pupil Premium funding, has supported more children this term than ever before, providing a quiet space and time at the start of the day for those who find it hard to bridge the gap between home and school and our team are providing personalised and effective interventions for children throughout the school to support their social, emotional and mental health. During unstructured times, like break and lunchtimes, our pastoral team are on hand to provide 1:1 or small group support to those who find being around so many children again difficult to manage or overwhelming. The requipment and resources available to staff, for such interventions and for support in the classroom, are also a result of the Pupil Premium funding, for example art resources, Lego and reading books that focus on SEMH.
Together with the Sports Premium and PSHE curriculum, our focus to support children's mental health and wellbeing will be even more effective and beneficial for the children.
Specific offers available to pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding
One of our offers, using the funding, is to pay for your child’s school trips. A letter detailing this offer is available to view below. This offer is also mentioned in each trip letter at the start of each term.
If you would like more information about Pupil Premium, including whether your child might be eligible to benefit from the funding, please speak to Miss Hudson or Mrs Turner, our Pupil Premium leads. Alternatively, please read the letter below, which provides information about how to apply.