In 2011-12 the government launched its Pupil premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the number of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free Schools Meals (FSM) and the number of children who are in care. From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
At Calveley Primary Academy, Pupil Premium funding is used to diagnose and break down barriers to learning, provide training for staff that allows them to effectively support our Pupil Premium children and ensure that pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
The barriers to learning that our Pupil Premium children face vary significantly from child to child. Some of our children have difficulties coping with a classroom environment which impacts upon them academically and socially.
We have Pupil Premium children who need support with specific areas of the curriculum and some of the parents of our Pupil Premium children are not confident with the content of the curriculum and as such do not feel comfortable supporting learning at home. We have therefore used our funding to address these issues by running homework clubs, intervention and target groups as well as additional support in a variety of areas.
The Government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school allocation is calculated on a per pupil basis, £80 for each pupil from Reception to Year 6 in all primary schools.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months. School leaders must be able to show they are using the funding to resume teaching a normal curriculum as quickly as possible following partial or full school closure. Governors should scrutinise the school's approaches to catch up from September 2020, including their plans for use of catch up funding. The funding should be used for: teaching and whole school strategies; targeted academic support; wider strategies such as access to technology.
Please see our catch up plan attached.