What is pupil premium?

The Government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) in the last six years and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the pupil premium. From September 2012, schools are also required to publish online information about how the premium has been used.

You can find the pupil premium spending impact statement for 2019-20 and the proposed spending plan for 2020-21 by using the links at the bottom of this page.

Catch-up funding

The catch-up premium is government funding to assist schools in providing additional support in literacy and numeracy. Each school is entitled to an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve national expectations in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.

What is the key priority?

The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those students that most need it.

What do we expect to see?

Targeted additional support strategies resulting in these students being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress in English and mathematics.
  • Close the attainment gap relative to academy averages.
  • Have full access to the curriculum.
  • How is the catch-up premium used?
  • The following interventions/resources have been put into place:
  • 1-to-1 or small group English and mathematics lessons in support of catch-up targets.
  • 1-to-1 reading during library lessons.
  • Small group or 1-to-1 language and phonics work.
  • Specialist literacy provision in years 7, through specialist support (reading comprehension/sentence structure).
  • Accelerated reader – promoting reading throughout the whole academy, aimed at improving literacy and encouraging reading for pleasure.
  • Introduction of ReadWrite Inc to provide a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy.
  • My Maths – allows online maths support within the academy and can be used to support at home.
  • Mathswatch – allows online maths support within the academy and can be used to support at home.
  • Lexia – an online programme to support improvement in literacy.

Documents

Pupil Premium plan 2020-21 and 2019-20 impact statement

Pupil Premium and Year 7 catch-up funding 2019-20

Coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium

The coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium is aimed at helping schools mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education. The purpose of this funding is to help children and young people ‘catch-up’ with their education and to make up for lost teaching time. The following information details how we will use our funding at The Holgate Academy.

How we intend to use the grant

  • Maths small group catch up strategy focused on students who have been identified in the following categories
    • Lack of engagement during lockdown
    • Students with low independence skills causing higher rate of impact on academic progress and retention of prior skills, knowledge and understanding
  • English small group catch up strategy focused on students who have been identified in the following categories
    • Lack of engagement during lockdown
    • Students with low independence skills causing higher rate of impact on academic progress and retention of prior skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Academic mentoring to include support with
    • Concentration skills
    • Aspiration
    • Mentoring and counselling to address adverse childhood experiences
    • Mentoring and counselling to address learnt behaviour
    • Mentoring and counselling to work in partnership with parents and other agencies
    • Sensory Overload – Students adversely affected by increased sensory stimuli
    • Sensory Underload – Students adversely affected by reduced sensory stimuli
  • Cross-curricular intervention support
    • Staffing and resources for identified content that has been missed or is in need of consolidation

How we will assess the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of our students

  • Internal academic progress data
  • Externally awarded academic progress data
  • Determination to learn data
    • Teacher Assessment
    • Student Reflection
    • Parent Opinion
  • Staff survey

16 to 19 tuition fund

The 16-19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020-21 academic year only. It is ringfenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus. The funding should be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 4 in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.

How will we use the 16-19 tuition funding?

The Holgate Academy is eligible to receive £833 from this fund for small group tuition. We will be using this funding to support students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths at GCSE. We will be prioritising those students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) where appropriate. This tuition will be in addition to students’ normal timetabled GCSE English and maths lessons and will be in groups of no more than 5.