Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium and how we allocate the funding.
Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
At High Wycombe C of E, all members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for disadvantaged pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. High Wycombe C of E School is committed to improving the educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils: Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium funding both form vital parts of that process. The governors reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Provision will be made through:
• Facilitating pupils’ access to education
• Facilitating pupils’ access to the curriculum
• Alternative support and intervention in the school
• Recovery Premium Funding
Use of the pupil premium
School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.
Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:
• training and professional development for teachers
• recruitment and retention
• support for teachers early in their careers
2. Targeted academic support
Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:
• one-to-one tuition
• small group tuition
• speech and language therapy
3. Wider approaches
Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:
• school breakfast clubs
• counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing
• help with the cost of educational trips or visits
Recovery Premium Funding
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the Pupil Premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
All schools that are eligible for pupil premium are eligible for recovery premium. This includes mainstream primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools serving children aged 4 to 15.
The recovery premium will be allocated using the same data as the pupil premium. This means the following pupils will attract recovery premium funding to schools:
• pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
• pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
• children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC)
• post looked-after children (post-LAC)
Using recovery premium funding
Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundations pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:
• support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development
• provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring
• deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support
• Like the pupil premium, schools can:
• spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding
• direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest
Accountability and Reporting
High Wycombe C of E School will publish details of a report online annually from September 2012. This report aims to detail information on how Pupil Premium has been used within school. This report will detail the attainment and progress of pupils who are covered by the premium and the intervention that has been supported by the additional funding. Regular reports will be presented on the progress of pupils supported by Pupil Premium to the Governors at High Wycombe C of E School.
Reporting to Parents
Parents will be able to obtain information on the pupil premium via the school’s website. This will be updated annually.
Responsibility for reporting
The responsibility for the report will be allocated to the Pupil Premium Lead. This report will be supported by key providers of the school’s inclusion services. Class teachers will be asked to report on the intervention in place for key pupils and the impact that intervention has had.
Pupil Premium Guidance and Signposting