What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a grant given by the government to schools in England to decrease the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged children.
Each pupil who has been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years attracts this funding. As part of this funding, we also receive funding for pupils who have ceased to be looked after by a Local Authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangement order. It is then for Lord Derby Academy to decide how this money is best spent to have the maximum impact on overall pupil achievement and experience. The school also receives funding for Looked After Children (LAC). The LAC premium is managed by the designated virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child, and used for the benefit of the looked-after child’s educational needs as described in their personal education plan.
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How much is the Pupil Premium?
In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, Lord Derby Academy will receive £955 for each pupil who has been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years and £2,300 for Post LAC pupil. Our budget Pupil Premium budget is £ 542,440. We also receive separate funding for Looked After Children – children defined in the Children Act 1989 as children who are in care of, or provided with accommodation by an English local authority. This funding is monitored separately by the SENDCo and the Head of Virtual School.
How many pupils at Lord Derby Academy are currently eligible for the Pupil Premium?
What is the LDA Pupil Premium cohort profile in 2020/2021?
Why is the Pupil Premium so important?
Our school’s aim is to expose our pupils to as many opportunities as possible, ensure they receive excellent teaching from inspirational teachers and nurture a ‘can do’ attitude. In short, we want to enable all our pupils, regardless of socio-economic background, to be provided with the opportunities to succeed in life. Any financial barriers that exist should be alleviated by the premium; pupils who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium should have the same opportunities as their peers.
What are the barriers some our pupils may be facing?
The pupils that are eligible for the pupil premium are not a homogenous group of young people therefore a range of barriers is to be expected. We cannot make assumptions about our pupils and their home lives; it is also important to be aware that their situations can change. We need a detailed analysis of the academic and social profile of each of the disadvantaged pupils who are underperforming, together with an assessment of potential barriers to learning and knowledge of their “motivators”. The impact of lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic on our pupils is also an important factor this year, if not the most important. Profiling our pupils helps us identify target groups in each year group to work with through short, sharp interventions ranging from one-day events, to ten-week programmes. All stakeholders, including canteen staff, are involved in establishing barriers and motivators and have identified 7 main barriers:
How is the Pupil Premium spent at Lord Derby Academy?
To view how we are spending the funding in 2020/2021, please click here. We also receive separate funding for Looked After Children – children defined in the Children Act 1989 as children who are in care of, or provided with accommodation by an English local authority. This funding is monitored separately by the SENDCo.
What is Lord Derby Academy’s approach to the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Spending?
We believe in maximising the use of the PPG by utilising a long-term strategy aligned to the School Improvement Plan and the newly created Catch-up Premium funding plan. This enables us to implement a blend of short, medium and long-term interventions, and align pupil premium use with wider school improvements. There is no simple answer to helping disadvantaged pupils achieve. We recognise that disadvantaged pupils cannot be treated as a homogeneous group who have similar needs and barriers. Although the barriers we have identified apply to a wide range of pupils, one size-fits-all interventions are not always the most cost effective. Disadvantaged pupils share the pupil premium eligibility criteria but their individual circumstances are shaped by a multitude of factors including family values, socio-cultural influences and geography. Our approach to the PPG therefore derives from a range of sources:
Quotes that are specifically about disadvantaged pupils from our most recent OFSTED report (2019)
Validated, historical P8 for disadvantaged pupils at LDA (2016 to 2019)
Setting priorities is key to maximising the use of the Pupil Premium Grant. Our priorities are as follows and reflect those on our School Improvement Plan:
To meet these 3 priorities, we have adopted a tiered approach to PPG spending, as recommended by the EEF (2019) to ensure spending is both balanced and focused. Spending priorities are as follows:
How does Lord Derby Academy monitor and evaluate the impact of funding?
The impact of the pupil premium for all year groups is tracked every half term from a variety of quantitative and qualitative sources including:
To support with our evaluation, we have set targets on our School Improvement Plan which we use in our monitoring meetings with leaders. Taking into account the present Covid-19 situation, our key targets for the next 3 years are as follows:
Roles and expectations
We expect all members of our school community to be committed to raising standards and narrowing the attainment gaps for our pupils. The Deputy Headteacher is responsible for implementing the Pupil Premium Strategy. She will ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in narrowing the gaps of our pupils. She will also ensure that staff are given appropriate support and relevant professional development opportunities to accelerate pupils’ progress and attainment.
It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher to include the following information in the annual report for Governors:
The Finance Director will monitor the use of the Pupil Premium Grant on a regular basis to track the allocation and use of pupil premium funding in order to see that it is providing value for money.
The governing body has an important role in ensuring our school complies with legislation and that this strategy, along with its specific stated actions for narrowing the gaps is implemented. The governing body will keep our work in narrowing the gaps under review so that they can monitor the use of the Pupil Premium. In monitoring and evaluating the work of the school in relation to the Pupil Premium, the governing body will consider a range of information, including quantitative (data on progress and attainment) and qualitative (case studies, views, surveys etc.) data as evidence of impact.
Teaching staff role
We will provide opportunities for staff to engage in a range of professional development opportunities suited to their particular needs and role. This will support them in implementing successful strategies to accelerate progress of pupils and narrow the gaps. Expectations are as follows:
Pupil Premium Review of Impact 2019-20
Pupil Premium Strategy 2019
Pupil Premium Review of Impact 2018-19
Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-18
Pupil Premium Review of Impact 2017-18 Strategy
Pupil Premium Grant 2016-17
Pupil Premium Stategy Statement 2016-17
Pupil Premium Spending Overview 2016-17