Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional government money given to publicly funded schools in England to help disadvantaged young people do well at school and narrow the gap, both in school and nationally, between them and their peers.
Research shows that students who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence, and issues with attendance and punctuality.
The funding is allocated to schools for students from Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years, and young people who are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces.
Schools are free to choose how to spend their Pupil Premium grant. This may include funding extra classroom support, maths and literacy catch-up sessions, educational trips, music lessons or a breakfast club, speech and language or family therapy, or learning resources.
Statement on Pupil Premium Spend Across the Griffin Schools Trust
The Griffin Schools Trust retains 5% of pupil premium allocation across its schools. This funds co-ordinated, strategic work across the Trust that supports the chosen work of individual schools but would not be affordable from single budgets. It contributes to:
Culture and Climate
- Specialist expertise to lead, develop and promote Arts provision across all schools.
- A Lead for our annual 2 week- long arts festival- to broaden best practice provision across all schools.
- An annual residential arts and cultural experience for 10 year olds.
- Directors of music to drive best practice across all schools and make performance level music available at no charge to disadvantaged pupils.
- A Director of Sport to drive best practise across all schools and make performance sport a realistic option for disadvantaged pupils.
- An annual Sports Festival, Founders Day and Science Symposium.
Leadership and Management
- Training for all Heads in the identification of underperformance in the pupil premium group of children, analysis of their individual progress and the design of focused plans strategies to raise their attainment.
- In depth support to schools to make rapid improvements to their attainment of underperforming groups of pupils.
- The co-ordination, monitoring and analysis of hundreds of free-extra-curricular clubs and activities, the provision of which is a central precept of wide horizons.
- Training for new leaders in the identification of underperformance. Analysis of progress and the design of plans and strategies to improve attainment.
- Support to middle leaders, individually and in groups, in the identification of underperformance, analysis of progress and design of plans to improve attainment.
- Focused staff visits to exceptional settings to share and see good and successful practise.
- Expert support for teachers, individually and in groups, in the teaching of literacy including phonics and mathematics.
- Expert support to develop student leadership opportunities.
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.
The premium is used to :
- develop the PE and sport activities offered in school
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
- engage all pupils in regular physical activity
- raise the profile of PE and sport across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- increase confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- provide a broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increase participation in competitive sport
Catch Up Premium (COVID-19)
The government funding to support children and young people to catch up on lost learning time due to school closures includes:
- a one-off universal 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
- a National Tutoring Programme to provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help, which includes:
◦ a schools programme for 5 to 16-year-olds
◦ a 16 to 19 tuition fund
◦ an oral language intervention programme for reception-aged children
Please see below for Catch Up Premium plan: