Pupil Premium & COVID Catch-up
The Pupil Premium Grant is extra funding allocated to publicly funded schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities, and better prepare them for adult life. Pupil Premium funding is additional to the main budget and is provided for:-
● Pupils who have been in receipt of FSM at any point in the last 6 years.
● Pupils who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, a local authority.
● Pupils who are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order.
● Pupils whose parents are currently serving in the regular armed forces, or have been at any point since the January 2015 census.
At Co-op Academy Bebington, the proportion of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium is 52%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 28%. This provides us with £420,518 of additional funding for 2020/21, which is clearly identifiable within the budget. A separate budget of £34,200 exists for LAC pupils.
We use the Pupil Premium Grant to close the well-reported gap between the achievement of PP pupils and their peers, making provision equal and equitable. There is a relentless focus on quality first teaching and a rigorous and well sequenced curriculum to ensure that all our disadvantaged pupils receive equitable learning experiences. Our PP strategy is informed by upto date and relevant education research, published by a number of sources including the Education Endowment Foundation, the Sutton Trust and the Education Policy Institute, and is aimed at overcoming the key barriers faced by those eligible for PP. We allocate PP funding using the tiered approach advocated by the EEF’s Pupil Premium Guide, targeting spending across the following three areas, in that order of priority:-
· Tier 1 – supporting the quality of teaching
· Tier 2 – providing targeted academic support
· Tier 3 – tackling non-academic barriers to success
We also ring-fence a small percentage of PP funds for Departments to bid in for to run PP specific initiatives.
At Co-op Academy Bebington we challenge and support every pupil to achieve without limits whatever their background, starting point and aspirations. Our aim is to extend and enhance the provision to all pupils in order that the disadvantages experienced in society by some of our pupils do not provide barriers to their educational achievement. We recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for PP are underachieving or low ability, while some pupils may be underachieving and not be eligible for PP funding. It is school policy to plan, adapt and prepare for any pupil who is underachieving.
Therefore, some strategies will be used to support all pupils, including those eligible for PP, whereas other strategies will be specifically targeted at PP pupils on an individual basis or as a priority group. We strive to ensure that the funding reaches the PP pupils who need it the most, and that it has a disproportionate benefit for them, as we know they face additional barriers.
We are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support PP pupils by the Governing Body, the DfE, OFSTED and parents. You can find our annual PP Evaluation, PP Strategy, and PP Policy below. If you have any queries relating to Pupil Premium, do not hesitate to contact Mr Connolly (Assistant Headteacher).