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Pupil Premium and Catch up

Statement 2023-2024


What is pupil premium?


Pupil Premium is a Government initiative allocating funding to schools to support children who are eligible for free school meals. Research shows that some children from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve when compared to children from non-disadvantaged backgrounds. The funding is provided to support these pupils in reaching their full potential and to close the attainment gap.


What is EYPP?


National statistics have identified a gap between the educational attainment of children from ‘disadvantaged’ and ‘lower income’ families and their peers. In an attempt to narrow this gap the Government introduced the Early Years Pupil Premium in April 2015. This is additional funding for children age 3-4 years.


Who can access pupil premium?


  • Any child that has claimed free schools meals at any point in the past 6 years
  • Looked after children
  • Children from services families
  • Children classed as NRPF families


Is my child eligible for pupil premium?


You can register for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:


  • Income support
  • Universal credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7400
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance
  • Income-rated Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credits
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190.
  • NRPF families who have had successful claims to the ESFA


How to apply for pupil premium funding if you think your child is eligible and who can I speak to about Pupil Premium?


As children join early years in Foundation Stage you will be asked to complete general forms with your national insurance number on. School can use these to register for EYPP. 


For other children you need to register and apply on 0300 500 80 80, you can find a from to complete on   Miss Hickton our Pupil Premium Champion or the school office can give you more information. No one will know you have enquired, or if you register and claim and it will not effect any other benefits you are claiming. Support can be given to complete forms in school if required.


How much funding does Greenwood Primary School get and how is it spent?


The amount varies year on year. We also receive funding for children who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the past 6 years. For the academic year 2021-2022 we received £181,430 for 134 pupils. For 2022-2023 we received £167,585 for 121 pupils and for 2023-2024 we expect to receive £195,161 for 131 pupils. 


EYPP funding The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53p per hour for three and four year olds, This means an extra £302 per year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education.



How does Greenwood Primary School measure the impact of how funding is spent?


We use our data results from Fisher Family Trust to set targets for the next key stage of education for our children. We have high expectations for all pupils at Greenwood. We have a tracking system in school that identifies progress for all year groups and shows the level children are at against the new national curriculum statements. We then compare this to previous results to look for improvements and success in how we have spent our funding; and we look for how to target spending for the future.


At Greenwood Primary and Nursery school we use Pupil Premium funding to target children to provide support for these pupils in their academic, enrichment and emotional areas. Our aim is for there to be no attainment gap between PP and Non PP children. We identify for children who are not on track to be ARE and we accelerate their progress. We target the funding towards barriers some of our children face and offer support with learning and in the home. We start this in Nursery with our Speech and Language therapist to improve speech, language and communication in school which can be a barrier to learning for children from a young age and impact on reading results throughout school. We target funding towards supporting families where lateness and/ or attendance needs to improve with our Educational Welfare Officer. We target funding where children who need support with their emotions and behaviour have a barrier to learning and who therefore make less progress than their peers. To reduce the gap on learning loss as a result of COVID, we have invested in tuition from both the NTP and school-led routes to work with groups of children in school. This has huge success for our phonics pass rate in Y1 last year and for KS2 closing the PP attainment gap


As a school we are in an area of high socio-economic deprivation and this is evidenced in our IDACI score. Our barriers to learning are:


- Parents who were not successful at school themselves

- Poor language and communication skills

- Low levels of employment and further learning

- High crime rates

- High rates of obesity

- High drug use and numbers of teenage pregnancies

- Low parental aspirations



EYPP - How we use this funding to support children can be found on the strategy document below. Most of the EYPP funding supports early language interventions, building wider opportunities for children and supporting vocabulary learning for our children  in and out of school. 



To view how we link Pupil Premium and the Teaching and Learning Toolkit from the EEF please see our document of EEF strands and evidence and how this applies to Greenwood. 


CATCH UP PREMIUM - Our catch up premium policy is here for you to view. As this money is received into school in stages this is a working document that will be reviewed and amended as time moves forward. We have received money from the government to support the children who have been 'most disadvantaged' due to COVID. We aim to use this money for small group tutoring for our children at Greenwood for Y1-Y6. We will take part in a NELI (Early Language Intervention) for EYFS.  Whilst this does not have to be ALL PP children many will benefit from this additional support. We use an external tutor to deliver small group tuition 4 afternoons a week with NTP tuition partners.



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