How we use our Pupil Premium and Coronavirus Catch Up funding

All schools are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. Since October 2020, all schools are also in receipt of the Coronavirus catch up premium. Please see below for further details about how our school is using this premium funding.

Pupil Premium
 
The pupil premium is additional funding given to state schools in England to support the learning of pupils in lower income households, and ensure that their attainment is the same as their peers. It is important that all families who are entitled to this funding make a claim through school.

The funding entitles children to other support in school, including: free musical tuition, and a funded place at Arthog Outdoor Educational Centre. It will further support their learning in school, as an additional £1300 per pupil is given to school to fund extra support with learning. We use this funding to:
 
- Run additional focused learning groups in maths and literacy. Interventions are planned specifically to support individual pupils and groups of learners
- Pay for additional reading helpers in school
- Purchase new resources to support learners
- Run additional groups focused on developing coordination and social skills.
Please see our website for more details.

For service families, a sum of £300 pupil premium per child is also used to support pupils learning and remove barriers to learning which could exist due to the higher mobility of service children.

For all our children receiving pupil premium funding the main barriers to learning which can exist include:

- opportunities for developing social skills

- opportunities for learning at home to support with progress in areas such as reading

- specific maths or literacy difficulties which need to be overcome in order to make more rapid progress

 

Each term, the Headteacher and Governors will review pupil progress for all pupils including those in receipt of pupil premium funding. The Pupil Premium action plan for 2018-19 will be reviewed in September 2019.

 

Applying for Pupil Premium Funding


Confusingly, this Pupil Premium funding is often referred to as Free School Meals – even though now all children in Key Stage 1 will be entitled to a free school meal.

If you think that you may be entitled to this additional funding to support your child at school, please contact the school office, or follow the link below which will detail further the criteria which qualifies families for extra support. The Pupil Premium is awarded to families whose receive the qualifying incomes as outlined below:

- Income support
- Income based jobseekers allowance
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Child tax credit – providing that you are not receiving work tax credit, and have an annual income of no more than £16,190
- The guarantee element of State Pension credit
- Support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
 
https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

 

Please read the related documents to the right which show you how we spent our funding last year, and the impact it had.

 

Coronavirus catch up premium

The government announced funding to support children and young people to catch up in their learning. This universal premium is to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

High Ercall Primary School will receive £11,760 in total. 

The Autumn payment amount will be: £2940

Use of funds:

Following the support guide for schools from the Education Endowment Foundation, we will be using the funding several ways to support pupils in different year groups across school.

1. One to one and small group teaching.

We are using a qualified teacher to support different year groups each half term with both one to one and small group teaching. In the Autumn term, this will focus upon support for pupils in Year 1 in both Class 1. In the Spring term, the focus will move to support children in Year 5 and Year 6.

As the year progresses, we will continue to monitor the progress of all children and the identify further small groups for targeted work. We are also ensuring that the teacher maintains the integrity of the bubbles working in school, and so we will focus in particular cohorts for each half term.

2. Supporting great teaching and interventions

We are also using the finding for additional HLTA support in Class 2 for the Autumn term. Additional highly trained staff will deliver interventions and split year group teaching to ensure that teaching is focused on the needs of the pupils and the gaps in learning identified.

3. Access to technology

Following a parent body survey, some of the funding will be used to purchase laptops or devices to be loaned to families in the event of lockdown, or to support with learning at home for the year.