Pupil Premium / Catch up Funding
Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. High Well School has received £61,525 in 2021-22 and £50,540 to date in 2022-23.
Funding can be spent on the following areas
Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:
- training and professional development for teachers
- recruitment and retention
- support for teachers early in their careers
2. Targeted academic support
Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:
- one-to-one tuition
- small group tuition
- speech and language therapy
3. Wider approaches
Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:
- school breakfast clubs
- counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits
For further information, please click on this link Pupil premium - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
High Well School's Pupil Premium Strategy is below. This outlines how High Well School has allocated their Pupil Premium:
2021-22 Academic year
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provided additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding helped schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils. The recovery premium was allocated using the same data as the pupil premium.
High Well School's anticipated allocation, based on DfE guidance, is £290 per eligible pupil for year 6 pupils and £552 for secondary pupils.
- 30 September 2021
- 31 December 2021
- 29 April 2022
- 30 June 2022
- 30 September 2022
- 30 December 2022
- 28 April 2023
- 30 June 2023
High Well School were allocated £12,760 in the 2021-22 academic year. This was paid in four instalments of £3,190.
In line with DfE guidance, £3,800 of this funding was spent on funding 25% of the School Led Tutoring programme for High Well School and the remaining has been used towards one-to-one tuition.
Catch up Funding 2020-2022
During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure.
The government specified that schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the curriculum expectations for the next academic year. They noted that, while schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed education.
Funding is due to be paid in 3 tranches:
First Tranche - Autumn Term 2020
High Well School received £4,200 in the first tranche in November 2020. High Well School focussed this catch up funding on enabling pupils to access remote learning during class closures / self-isolation.
The following has been spent to date along with the following impact:
|Activity / Resource||Impact||Cost|
|Espresso Phonics Subscription (for 1 year)||
Average improvement 1 year 11 months in 9 months
87.5% pupils increased their reading age by 18 months or more.
|8 x Graphic Strong Tablet Pens||Teachers able to deliver more effective remote learning lessons to pupils isolating. Increase in % of pupils engaging with learning during January lock down 2021 from 70.42% to 78.87%||£472|
|Photocopying home learning packs||100% of pupil have access to learning when isolating through both online lessons and work packs.||£2,000|
|15 x mobile phones for Teaching Assistants to support pupils with home learning||Teaching Assistants are able to support remote learning, including when self-isolating. This ensured that all pupils could access the remote learning offer.||£675|
|Visualiser (Aver M15-13M)||Supporting the delivery of other lessons remotely, including board gaming, so the curriculum was not significantly affected.||£354|
Second Tranche - Spring Term 2021
High Well School received £5,600 in the second tranche in March 2021. High Well School has focussed this catch-up funding on Read, Write, Inc. along with emotional and well-being support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a special school of pupils with a Profound / Severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, High Well School recognises the importance in continuing to develop social, emotional and mental health needs as well as academic progress for its pupils due to the impact of Covid-19 and class closures.
The spend to date is as follows:
|Activity / Resource||Impact||Cost|
|Read, Write, Inc. Fresh Start Teacher Kit (Oxford Uni Press)||See below.||£135|
|Read, Write, Inc. Fresh Start Training||This training has taken place, 1:1 is in place and intervention being delivered. For further information, see the action plan at the end of this table.||£2,050|
|Emotion coaching training to support staff with pupils (delivered on staff INSET day 28.01.22)||Continuous professional development covering all areas of school life to improve well-being issues of our pupils.||£500|
|Zones of Regulation Tools (to foster regulation and emotional control)||Continuous professional development covering all areas of school life to improve well-being issues of our pupils.||£139.84|
|National College of Leadership - Training for all staff and Governors to improve well-being issues of our pupils and continuous professional development covering all areas of school life.||Continuous professional development covering all areas of school life to improve well-being issues of our pupils.||£995|
|1 full day Educational workshop for British Science Week - 'Growth' theme - hands-on animal experience||These sessions were hugely beneficial for everyone involved. The sessions inspired students to participate in group practical science giving them a renewed enthusiasm for science (after Covid). The sessions help to develop teamwork skills with the students showing how they can take turns and encourage each other when someone was presented with an animal they were scared of. Having to stay calm and quiet in respect for the animal’s welfare had a noticeable calming effect on students improving their emotional wellbeing. Students have continued to use these skills even after British science week finished.||£350|
|British Science Week activity - Birds of Prey experience for pupils||See above||£250|
|Art sessions with local visiting artist (£150 per day x 6 sessions). Starting May 2022||
Catch up for the pupils' on the art curriculum and improved the physical environment of the school in order to support emotional health and well-being.
|Art resources for catch up art sessions with visiting artist.||See above||£150|
1 x day consultation with pupils and visiting artist (relating to the above) on 5th April 2022 to meet each other and brainstorm ideas for the physical environment in order to support emotional health and well-being.
|Improved the physical environment of the school in order to support emotional health and well-being.||£150|
Third Tranche - Summer Term 2021
£7,000 was received in the Summer Term 2021 for the final tranche of Covid-19 catch up funding.
High Well School spent this allocation on targeted support of pupils to help catch up on missed learning.
In 2021-22 the budget profiled SEN income being lower than in 2020-21 due to the disproportionate number of Year 11's leaving in July 2021 (and who were funded at a higher level) with a lessor number of new Year 7's coming into school (who were funded at a lower level). This meant that there was a discrepancy in funding during a time when new Year 7's entering school needed 'catching up' due to covid-19.
The third tranche (and the minor underspend carry forward from tranche 1) was therefore used to bridge the gap in funding and was spent towards the staffing cost a G5 Teaching Assistant in Year 7 to allow much needed one-to-one support and catch up.
School Led Tutoring
School led tutoring is a ring-fenced grant to support catch up tutoring. Any funding not allocated for catch up tutoring will be clawed back by the DfE.
Funding is allocated for around 60% of pupils eligible for pupil premium per school. 75% of the cost is subsidised via the DfE in 2021/22 and High Well School needs to fund the remaining 25% (see above in Recovery Premium).
High Well School were allocated the following for 2021-22 academic year:
33 places x 15 hours of tutoring = 495 hours
495 x £47 (amount allocated for tutoring p/h) = £23,265
75% of this allocation (contributed by the DfE) = £17,448.75
£17,448.75 was paid out in 3 instalments in September 2021, December 2021 and April 2022. High Well School contributed 25% (as above from Recovery Premium).
Tutoring was provided for identified pupils in English, Phonics and Maths. This continued until the end of the academic year 2021-22.
By the end of the 2021-22 academic year, an actual total of 453 hours of tutoring to 34 pupils was delivered. The average cost of the tutoring was £33.16 p/h. This totalled £15,019 spent on tutoring.
This resulted in the DfE actual contribution being £11,265 (75%) and High Well School contribution £3,755 (25%).
As per the conditions of grant, clawback is expected to total: £6,184.
High Well School are not contributing with the School Led Tutoring scheme in 2022-23 due to the increased percentage contribution required from school.