>> PREMIUM FUNDING
Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional government money given to publicly funded schools in England to help disadvantaged young people do well at school and narrow the gap, both in school and nationally, between them and their peers.
Research shows that students who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence, and issues with attendance and punctuality.
The funding is allocated to schools for students from Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years, and young people who are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces.
Schools are free to choose how to spend their Pupil Premium grant. This may include funding extra classroom support, maths and literacy catch-up sessions, educational trips, music lessons or a breakfast club, speech and language or family therapy, or learning resources.
Statement on Pupil Premium Spend Across the Griffin Schools Trust
The Griffin Schools Trust retains 5% of pupil premium allocation across its schools. This funds co-ordinated, strategic work across the Trust that supports the chosen work of individual schools but would not be affordable from single budgets. It contributes to:
Culture and Climate
- Specialist expertise to lead, develop and promote Arts provision across all schools.
- A Lead for our annual 2 week- long arts festival- to broaden best practice provision across all schools.
- An annual residential arts and cultural experience for 10 year olds.
- Directors of music to drive best practice across all schools and make performance level music available at no charge to disadvantaged pupils.
- A Director of Sport to drive best practise across all schools and make performance sport a realistic option for disadvantaged pupils.
- An annual Sports Festival, Founders Day and Science Symposium.
Leadership and Management
- Training for all Heads in the identification of underperformance in the pupil premium group of children, analysis of their individual progress and the design of focused plans strategies to raise their attainment.
- In depth support to schools to make rapid improvements to their attainment of underperforming groups of pupils.
- The co-ordination, monitoring and analysis of hundreds of free-extra-curricular clubs and activities, the provision of which is a central precept of wide horizons.
- Training for new leaders in the identification of underperformance. Analysis of progress and the design of plans and strategies to improve attainment.
- Support to middle leaders, individually and in groups, in the identification of underperformance, analysis of progress and design of plans to improve attainment.
- Focused staff visits to exceptional settings to share and see good and successful practise.
- Expert support for teachers, individually and in groups, in the teaching of literacy including phonics and mathematics.
- Expert support to develop student leadership opportunities.
16 – 19 Tuition Funding 2021-22
The 16 to 19 tuition fund will be used to provide small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 who:
- have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths
- have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support.
The provision will not be limited to tuition for English and maths, but will also be used to help progressing students on vocational courses where assessment may have been deferred because of lockdown. Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – including those aged 19 to 24 who require additional tuition to help them catch up with their studies – will also be supported by this provision.
Tuition groups will comprise of usually no more than five students (in exceptional circumstances this may increase to seven) and the tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2021/22. Tuition and additional support may be delivered using a blend of online and on-campus delivery.
Examples of some of the Tuition Support on offer will include:
- GCSE exam re-sit preparation
- Functional skills assessment preparation
- Vocational deferred assessment preparation
- Vocational knowledge catch-up sessions
- Pathway course catch-up sessions
Tuition Support offered will be based on an individual needs assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes.
The school is committed to ensuring the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 tuition fund by:
- producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students
- publishing this guidance on the school website
- recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retain the evidence of the tuition provided
- deliver the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2021/22
- notify the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed