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Pupil Premium – in response to Covid 19

Due to the changes to educational provision caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the detail in the Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since April 2020.

Our use of the funding has been adapted to meet students’ needs as they have arisen, whilst maintaining where possible the principles outlined in the Pupil Premium Strategy document.

During the pandemic the following key steps have been taken to ensure that ‘disadvantaged pupils’ barriers to learning will continue to be overcome wherever possible by:

  • Children attend school where appropriate-vulnerable pupils, those without access to relevant IT or an appropriate place to study and the children of key workers.
  • Ensuring children have the correct tools to complete home learning- Kindles been provided to all children without the necessary IT equipment and data cards to allow appropriate access to the internet.
  • PP funded LSA’s to provide additional support as directed by the class teacher to support the needs of the PP pupils both in class and with support to access remote learning.
  • Phone calls to children to check their welfare and to ensure they are able to complete remote learning tasks and address any misconceptions.
  • Pastoral team to support parents by phone and distanced home visits to provide emotional support, food bank vouchers and the provision of food parcels in lieu of school lunches being provided.

 

Future versions of the strategy will reflect the changes that are currently being made.

 

The publications below provide further information:

 

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cco-tackling-the-disadvantage-gap-during-the-covid-19-crisis.pdf

 

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/best-evidence-on-impact-of-school-closures-on-the-attainment-gap/

At Milton Park, we have a clear rationale that the best place to meet the needs of all of pupils is through our quality first classroom offer. Our school serves the area of Milton which has pockets of high deprivation. Therefore, we provide children and their families with enriching opportunities to widen their experiences and aspirations. When making decisions on allocating pupil premium funds, we take into account the needs of our community.

 

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to school to be of benefit to pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after (in the care of the local authority) continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.

Why was Pupil Premium Funding introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Funding, which is additional to the main school funding is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers.

Who decided how the Pupil Premium Funding is spent?

In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid directly to school; allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals, is looked after or whose parent is in one of the services. Schools decide how to use the funding as we are the best place to assess what our pupils need.

How are schools accountable for the spending of Pupil Premium Funding?

We are held accountable for the decisions we make through:

  • The performance tables that show the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium, FSM and LAC compared with their peers
  • The new  Ofsted inspection framework, under which the inspectors focus on the attainment and progress of various pupil groups, including those who are eligible for Pupil Premium

What barriers to education achievement can disadvantaged children at Milton Park Primary School face?

Disadvantaged pupils may face all sorts of difficulties which make it harder for them to achieve at school. They will be different for every individual but may include; unsettled home lives, lack of parental income to access optional extra-curricular activities, health issues within the family, responsibilities as a young carer, low self-esteem, poor organisational skills, previous negative family experiences of education, lack of equipment or uniform and issues with poor hygiene and housing.

 

Pupil Premium Strategy Document 2020-2021

Pupil Premium Review Document 2019-20

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019- 2020 and Review of previous spending and impact

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