The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium is funding the school receives for each student who is currently or has previously been in receipt of Free School Meals, or who has been a ‘looked-after child’ (LAC). Our disadvantaged students currently make up 35% of the student population.
At Castle View School, we believe that the highest possible standards can only be achieved by having the highest expectations of all learners. Some pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds require additional support; therefore, we will use all the resources available to help them reach their full potential, including the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). The school’s PPG strategy is based on the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) tiered approach. This focuses on our strategy shown below in 3 areas: -
1. Teaching and learning
2. Academic targeted support
3. Wider strategies
The 6 challenges that the school’s 2021/22 PPG strategy aim to address are: -
5. Unidentified needs
6. Aspirations and cultural capital
At Castle View School, we aim to raise the aspirations of all of our disadvantaged pupils and build lives for the future. We achieve this through addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of all students, including the disadvantaged. Progress of all disadvantaged pupils is reviewed by the leadership team, directors of learning and other middle leaders in our drive to achieve equality for all.
COVID-19 catch-up premium
The 2020/21 COVID-19 catch-up premium was put in place to assist schools in providing additional support and intervention for students in years 7-11 to help combat the negative impacts of the unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus. The aggregate impact of lost time in education has been substantial, and the Covid-19 catch-up premium was provided in response to the scale of this significant challenge.