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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?


Pupil Premium is extra money that comes into our budget to help us make a positive difference to the educational outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. All schools are entitled to Pupil Premium. It is calculated by the number of pupils we have who are or were eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years or who are identified as looked after by a Local Authority (children in care or foster care).


At Eastgate Academy, we have a high percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals compared to the national average.

Why Is Pupil Premium Important?

Nationally, there is a strong link between economic disadvantage and poor achievement in schools. Across the country there is a significant gap between the progress made by pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are not eligible. There are many reasons why this gap exists. Pupil Premium is given to schools to help us try to close this gap. It is important because it enables us to counteract the disadvantages that poverty imposes on children. It ensures we can put the support in place to help every child in our school thrive and fully master each stage of the curriculum.

How Can We Spend Pupil Premium?


Although our Pupil Premium grant is calculated in terms of specific pupils, we do not have to spend the money directly on them. We can use the money as we see fit. However, we have to demonstrate how we are using Pupil Premium to close the progress gap between less and more advantaged pupils.                                                                                                       

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure: 

Report to Parents: Eastgate Academy 2020/21

Overview of the school

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll

274

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG

94

Amount of PPG received per pupil

 

£1,345

Total amount of PPG received

£126,430

 

 

 

Current attainment and progress (Year 6 2020/ 21)

 

Pupils Eligible for PP at

(Eastgate

Academy)

Pupils Eligible for PP

(National)

All Pupils

(Eastgate

Academy)

 

All Pupils

(National)

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in

Reading, Writing and Maths

70%

 

72%

 

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in

Reading

72%

 

76%

 

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in Writing

72%

 

75%

 

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in Maths

80%

 

81%

 

 

Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP)

In-school barriers

A

Poor communication and oral language skills

B

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties that children are experiencing

C

Enthusing more able children to ensure that they have a desire to achieve to the best of their ability

External barriers

D

 Attendance is an issue with some children who are pupil premium.

E

Poor home learning environments, lack of books, paper and IT equipment in family homes.

F

Children with Social Emotion and Mental Health problems and/or parents or carers

 

 

Desired outcomes

Success criteria

A

Children will have communication and oral language skills in line with their peers

There will be a reduced gap in communication and oral language skills between those children eligible for PP funding and their peers

B

Raise Attendance, Attendance Weekly Rewards

The highest attendance of the week are reward by a non-uniform day and choice of reward

C

More able children will be achieving to their full potential across the curriculum

More able children who are eligible for PP funding will make at least expected progress

D

Children who are experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties will be identified and appropriate support will be put in place to ensure that their needs are met

More children who are eligible for PP funding will have improved wellbeing and mental health 

 

Nature of support  2020- 2021

Aims:

•        Continue to support our Speech and Language Teaching Assistant who works with disadvantaged cohort throughout the school to develop communication and oral language skills.

•        Contribute to supporting the creation of a knowledge based curriculum which will engage, enthuse and motivate disadvantaged children. 

•        Funding for trips to widen the experience of disadvantaged children.

•        Senior Leadership Team strategic release time to interrogate data, monitor progress, moderate and share best practice with other academies/schools in order to ensure the very best outcomes for disadvantaged children.

•        Increased focus on the more able disadvantaged children to ensure that they have a desire to achieve to the best of their ability.

•        Continued to providing a breakfast  for all children and families

 

 

 

Record of PPG spending by item/project 2020/21

Item/project

Cost

Objective

Outcome

Continue to support our Speech and Language Teaching Assistant who works with disadvantaged cohort throughout the school to develop communication and oral language skills

£12,500

 

 

 

 

To bridge the gap in communication and oral language skills for children who are eligible for PP funding using 1:1 and small groups sessions.

 

 

 

Children will make rapid progress.  Most children’s communication and language skills will improve to help them make progress across the curriculum.  

Improve the mental health and well-being of all pupils

£24,352

Years 4, 5 and 6 have 1 x 40 minutes per week to enable them to have a calm focused mind set.

1 Part time Thrive practitioners enables more children receive the Thrive practise

Give students strategies and techniques to enable them to be able to stop and think before they act.  To use breathing techniques to help them sleep at nights.

Raise attainment in Lower attending classrooms

 

 

Top up Teaching

 

£56,000

 

 

 

£13,345

 Addition TA’s employed to work in EYFS, Year 3/4 and 5/6 classes, to help classes meet their targets.

 

Continue to fund and train full time TA’s in the classroom to enable release time.

This will continue, children have become more independent/positive about their learning.

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Leadership Team strategic release time to interrogate data, monitor progress, moderate and share best practice with other academies/schools with a focus on accelerated progress of disadvantaged cohort.

£4,432

Senior leaders to have regular non-contact time to enable them to carry out leadership roles and responsibilities including monitoring of teachers within their phase, moderation and peer reviews with staff from other Primary academies within the Trust.  

 

Monitoring by the Senior Leadership Team will include ensuring that there is no gap between the progress and attainment of those children eligible for PP funding and their peers.

 

Senior leaders will be able to develop a robust system of monitoring which enables them to support the strategic development of members of their phase teams.  Senior leaders will be able to work with colleagues across the Trust, within the Cluster and with schools in the Norwich area in order to moderate work and share good practice.  

There will be no gap in progress and attainment.

 

Funding for trips and general activities to widen the experiences of disadvantaged children.  

 

£5501

 

 

 

To provide a range of opportunities such as trips and real life experiences in order to enhance children’s learning.  To include residential trip for disadvantaged children.

 Providing funding for transport to access trips and activities  

 

Children will have a range of experiences to draw upon and link with their learning. All children will have opportunities to engage with all activities, and the cost of this will not be a barrier for children and their families. Involvement of all in extra curricula activities. 

Continued support of Breakfast for all children at Eastgate Academy

£10,000

Fund 3 members of staff to run Breakfast Trolley

 

Provide breakfast food and drink. 

To provide high quality breakfast food and drink to enable children to come into school and be prepared for the school day.  

 

The number of vulnerable families accessing our Breakfast Trolley will increase.  This will help to support getting children into school in a timely manner and hence enabling them to be ready for the school day ahead.  All children will have had the opportunity to have breakfast before formal learning starts each day.  Behavioural difficulties will decrease and there has been a linked improvement in Attendance

 

 

Uniform

 

 

£300

 

 

TA’s wash uniform during PE lesson, continue to replace uniform for children when theirs is worn out.

All children have clean uniform, PE kit and shoes, trainers and plimsolls.

 

 

 

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure: 

Report to Parents: Eastgate Academy 2019/20

Overview of the school

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll

269

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG

89

Amount of PPG received per pupil

£1,320

Total amount of PPG received

£118612.50

 

 

 

Current attainment and progress (Year 6 2019/20)

 

Pupils Eligible for PP at

(Eastgate

Academy)

Pupils Eligible for PP

(National)

All Pupils

(Eastgate

Academy)

All Pupils

(National)

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in

Reading, Writing and Maths

70%

 

72%

 

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in

Reading

72%

 

76%

 

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in Writing

72%

 

75%

 

% Working ‘At Age Related Expectations or Above’ in Maths

80%

 

81%

 

During lock down we had 7 children out of 273 children who did not engage with the home learning package either online or on paper at some time during lockdown.

 

Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP)

In-school barriers

A

Poor communication and oral language skills

B

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties that children are experiencing

C

Enthusing more able children to ensure that they have a desire to achieve to the best of their ability

External barriers

D

 Attendance is an issue with some children who are pupil premium.

 

E

Poor home learning environments, lack of books, paper and IT equipment in family homes.

F

Children with Social Emotion and Mental Health problems and/or parents or carers

   

Desired outcomes

Success criteria

A

Children will have communication and oral language skills in line with their peers

There will be a reduced gap in communication and oral language skills between those children eligible for PP funding and their peers

B

Raise Attendance, Attendance Weekly Rewards

The highest attendance of the week are reward by a non-uniform day and choice of reward

C

More able children will be achieving to their full potential across the curriculum

More able children who are eligible for PP funding will make at least expected progress

D

Children who are experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties will be identified and appropriate support will be put in place to ensure that their needs are met

More children who are eligible for PP funding will have improved wellbeing and mental health 

E

   

 

Nature of support  2019/20

Aims:

•        Continue to support our Speech and Language Teaching Assistant who works with disadvantaged cohort throughout the school to develop communication and oral language skills.

•        Contribute to supporting the creation of a knowledge based curriculum which will engage, enthuse and motivate disadvantaged children. 

•        Funding for trips to widen the experience of disadvantaged children.

•        Senior Leadership Team strategic release time to interrogate data, monitor progress, moderate and share best practice with other academies/schools in order to ensure the very best outcomes for disadvantaged children.

•        Increased focus on the more able disadvantaged children to ensure that they have a desire to achieve to the best of their ability.

•        Continued to providing a breakfast  for all children and families

 

 

 

   

Record of PPG spending by item/project 2019/20

Item/project

Cost

Objective

Outcome

Continue to support our Speech and Language Teaching Assistant who works with disadvantaged cohort throughout the school to develop communication and oral language skills

£12,500

 

 

To bridge the gap in communication and oral language skills for children who are eligible for PP funding using 1:1 and small groups sessions.

 

 

Children will make rapid progress.  Most children’s communication and language skills will improve to help them make progress across the curriculum.  

Improve the mental health and well-being of all pupils

£32,000

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have 2 x 40 minutes per week to enable them to have a calm focused mind set.

2 x Part time Thrive practitioners enables more children receive the Thrive practise

Give students strategies and techniques to enable them to be able to stop and think before they act.  To use breathing techniques to help them sleep at nights.

Raise attainment in Lower attending classrooms

 

Top up Teaching

 

£56,000

 

 

£13,345

 Addition TA’s employed to work in EYFS, Year 3/4 and 5/6 classes, to help classes meet their targets.

 

Continue to fund and train full time TA’s in the classroom to enable release time.

This will continue, children have become more independent/positive about their learning.

 

 

Senior Leadership Team strategic release time to interrogate data, monitor progress, moderate and share best practice with other academies/schools with a focus on accelerated progress of disadvantaged cohort.

£4,432

Senior leaders to have regular non-contact time to enable them to carry out leadership roles and responsibilities including monitoring of teachers within their phase, moderation and peer reviews with staff from other Primary academies within the Trust.  

 

Monitoring by the Senior Leadership Team will include ensuring that there is no gap between the progress and attainment of those children eligible for PP funding and their peers.

 

Senior leaders will be able to develop a robust system of monitoring which enables them to support the strategic development of members of their phase teams.  Senior leaders will be able to work with colleagues across the Trust, within the Cluster and with schools in the Norwich area in order to moderate work and share good practice.  

There will be no gap in progress and attainment.

Funding for trips and general activities to widen the experiences of disadvantaged children.  

 

£10408

 

 

 

To provide a range of opportunities such as trips and real life experiences in order to enhance children’s learning.  To include residential trip for disadvantaged children.

 Providing funding for transport to access trips and activities  

 

Children will have a range of experiences to draw upon and link with their learning. All children will have opportunities to engage with all activities, and the cost of this will not be a barrier for children and their families. Involvement of all in extra curricula activities. 

Continued support of Breakfast for all children at Eastgate Academy

£12,500

Fund 3 members of staff to run Breakfast Trolley

 

Provide breakfast food and drink. 

To provide high quality breakfast food and drink to enable children to come into school and be prepared for the school day.  

 

The number of vulnerable families accessing our Breakfast Trolley will increase.  This will help to support getting children into school in a timely manner and hence enabling them to be ready for the school day ahead.  All children will have had the opportunity to have breakfast before formal learning starts each day.  Behavioural difficulties will decrease and there has been a linked improvement in Attendance

 

Uniform

 

 

 

Attendance Awards

 

 

£400

 

 

 

£2995

TA’s wash uniform during PE lesson, continue to replace uniform for children when theirs is worn out.

 

 

The highest attendance of the week are rewarded by a non-uniform and choice of rewards

All children have clean uniform, PE kit and shoes, trainers and plimsolls.

 

 

School Council meet to decide the reward scheme for each year.