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Darley Dene Primary School

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. In 2012-13 this will also include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.

Our Strategy

The School’s strategy is to put in place measures that will ensure that all disadvantaged children will be able to access the curriculum and make progress at the same rate or better than their peers. The focus will be in line with our School Development Plan which is written annually, however, all provision will be personalised and reviewed on a termly basis.

Barriers to learning

The School is aware that sometimes disadvantaged children may have experienced challenging home experiences which can lead to gaps in learning due to stresses within the home, home moves and/or a change of school. We also realise that a disadvantaged child may have a very stable background, however, due to financial reasons their family may not be able to provide all of the life experiences that could enhance their child’s learning.

With these barriers in mind, we have allocated our Pupil Premium funding to initiatives that aim to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

Pupil Premium Reporting 2019-2021

Due to the interruption to teaching and learning following the school closures during the 2020 Summer Term pupil premium will be reported in two separate documents:

  • Pupil Premium 2020-21 Spend Report - this report identifies how we will utilise our funding for the current academic year. It does not include any funding that had been saved during the school closure period of April-June 2020 and which will be used instead during the period September 2020-March 2021. This report will be published during the Autumn term 2020 (below).
  • Pupil Premium 2019-20 Impact Report - The DfE have advised that due to school closures during the 2020 Summer term it will not be possible for schools to effectively evaluate the impact of any pupil premium funding initiatives for the 2019-20 academic year. The impact report should therefore cover the period September 2019 to March 2021. This report will be published during the Summer Term 2021 (below).

COVID Catch Up Premium Reporting 2020-2021

The government has announced funding to support children and young people to catch up due to the disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

The £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.

Below is our report detailing the spend made to counter the effects of COVID disruption.

Darley Dene Primary School