Catch-Up Premium 2020-2021
The UK Government is providing schools with £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding for the 2020/2021 academic year. The aim of the funding is to help pupils catch up on education they have missed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to make up for lost teaching over the previous months.
While funding has been allocated on a per-pupil or per-place basis, schools should use the amount available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their needs.
Schools do not need to spend the funds in the financial year beginning 1 April 2020, and may carry some or all catch-up premium funds forward to future financial years if they wish.
Pupil Premium Statement
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The aim is to increase social mobility, attainment and progress.
The Government believes that schools should decide how the Pupil Premium is allocated and spent. It is felt that headteachers are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within schools. Therefore schools are required to utilise this funding to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups, individual pupils and resources. Limited funding and resources means that not all Free School Meal, Post-LAC and Service children will receive intervention and additional support at the same time.
From September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium funding. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the additional funding.
Whilst the Governing Body appreciate that some parents and carers may feel that they are being unfairly treated, parents need to understand that this is a Government funding requirement and that all schools must choose how this money is spent on disadvantaged pupils.
As a school we work hard to ensure that the maximum number of pupils benefit from the funding. All pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding will receive additional support and resources during their time at Bidston Avenue.
We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximize progress.
Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported to the governors via the Curriculum, Staff, Finance and Executive Committees, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.
To ensure that the disadvantaged gap closes by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students in low-income families.
What we expect to see.
Targeted additional support strategies which result in every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, being able to have access to the curriculum and extra-curricular experiences.
All pupils who are currently under-performing because of the impact of their disadvantaged background will make improved progress leading to the narrowing of any attainment gaps.
Main Barriers to attainment, achievement and progress.
Some of our disadvantaged pupils start school well below national expectations as a result of limited experiences and opportunities. In order to address the gaps in development and attainment we direct a range of resources, support, interventions, programmes and strategies for children and their families.
Barriers and challenges faced by some of our disadvantaged pupils are many and varied. The barriers often increase in complexity as the child gets older.
Barriers may include:
Purpose of PE and Sports Grant
The government has provided an additional amount of funding since from 2013 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools.
This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport - will be allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
See Bidston Avenue Primary School's latest update of what is happening with the money by downloading the pdf file below.