Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional money delegated to the academy and is matched to the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals and who are children of service families. At Bracken Lane Primary Academy we use our funding for a range of purposes suited to the individual needs of our children.

Please see our spending review for the most recently completed academic year and plans for spending this funding this year in the document below.

Pupil Premium Strategy – 2020-21

Covid-19 catch-up premium

The coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium is aimed at helping schools mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education. The purpose of this funding is to help children and young people ‘catch up’ with their education and to make up for lost teaching time. The following information details how we will use our funding at Bracken Lane Primary Academy.

How we intend to use the grant

PiXL autumn transition package / diagnosis therapy testing

  1. Identifying specific gaps in learning in key domains within English and maths for both whole class and specific individuals.
  2. Formulation of therapies to address the gaps.
  3. Guidance from Raising Standards Lead to support teachers in using the diagnostic question level analysis effectively.

Phonics intervention

  1. Additional daily phonics sessions taking place in early years, key stage 1 and year 3.
  2. Guidance, support and CPD for teachers from Phonics Lead.
  3. Purchase of additional resources to support small group intervention.
  4. Baseline of phonics knowledge on return to school to identify next teaching steps and children for intervention.
  5. Revision of phase 1 phonics revisited in reception as the building blocks of phonics development.

Early language intervention

  1. Staff CPD on early language development via Nuffield early language intervention.
  2. Appointment of Early Language Lead.
  3. Environment audit for communication friendly spaces.
  4. Every Child A Talker (ECAT) trackers used to identify children in need of intervention.
  5. Small group intervention for identified children.
  6. Deployment of additional adult.
  7. Early language and communication is prioritised within the setting.

Access to pastoral support and PiXL character and wellbeing

  1. Identification of children who require additional support – time allocated with pastoral lead where appropriate.
  2. Support for parents in terms of signposting to other agencies or counselling.
  3. Roll out of the PiXL Character and wellbeing programme to all year groups.

Revision of the curriculum

  1. Curriculum streamlined to ensure depth of coverage and to ensure identified gaps in learning are covered.

Poverty proofing – Covid response

  1. External audit focusing on the five key areas of food, learning, back to school, additional opportunities and pupil support.
  2. Action plan to reduce financial barriers to school.
  3. CPD for all staff on poverty, particularly poverty as a result of Covid.
  4. Development of a Poverty Proofing Lead.

How we will assess the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of our children

  • Teachers and the Raising Standards Lead will work together to analyse and compare data to autumn baselines to check that gaps in learning have been addressed and children are on track to meet their targets.
  • Phonics target is met or exceeded.
  • Communication and language end of year target met.
  • Children make typical or better progress in communication and language.
  • Attendance is good (97%+).
  • Children’s engagement and attitude to learning is positive. This will be tracked through Learner Voice, class/school learning forums
  • Financial barriers to school and the wider curriculum are removed though careful consideration of activities/events. Additional support will be available where necessary.

Sport Premium grant

In April 2013, the Government announced new funding of £150m for physical education (PE) and sport. The Sport Premium grant funding should be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision. This funding is ring-fenced to be used for sport-specific areas, to make an impact in PE and sport in schools.

Schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

2020-21 plans for the funding

We will use the funding in the following areas:

  • opportunities for physical activity at unstructured times
  • all children to be encouraged to participate in a range of physical activities
  • activities to be developed so that children can consolidate skills and allow them to follow sporting interests
  • children to receive two hours of PE weekly to ensure the recommended active time
  • school staff shadow Retford Oaks Academy PE experts and teach follow up lessons to ensure good or better teaching of PE
  • teachers to use movement within other areas of the curriculum. e.g. Daily Mile/Go Noodle
  • consolidating the PE faculty with PHSE and RE to raise the profile of PE and sport, bringing assessment and attainment processes in-line with the rest of the school. This will help to raise the focus of sport/healthy lifestyles across the school
  • develop opportunities to engage in competitive sport at a range of levels
  • competitive intra-school games opportunities every half-term planned into PE long-term plans
  • Sporting Futures events to encourage participation of children who might not otherwise engage in sport. This includes a range of inclusive opportunities

For a detailed breakdown of how we will use the funding, see the document below:

Sports Premium Funding – 2020-21

Sports Premium Evaluation – 2019-20