Pupil Premium & Catch-up Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools and academies to:

  • Raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
  • Support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6).

Key Principles for using the Pupil Premium Grant at William Byrd Primary Academy

  • We are committed to maximising the achievement of all children and we have high expectations of all children. We do not believe that children who are eligible for pupil premium have any predetermined likelihood to underachieve. We do understand though that some of these pupils may need to make faster progress than non-eligible pupils and we are focused on achieving this.
  • We have a coherent and focused approach to raising achievement of all children.  We recognise that children eligible for Pupil Premium face barriers to achievement and we will use Pupil Premium funding to help address these. We will focus on attendance, attitudes to school and engagement with school, external factors, professional development focussing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, development of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • We will use our assessment and tracking system to track and enable thorough analysis of performance to identify pupils who are under achieving and put in place relevant targeted interventions to address this. We will ensure that staff at all levels know who eligible children are and have the time and resources to track and support them appropriately. We will have a Senior Leader who will have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.
  • We will report to Governors and Trust Directors regularly on the performance of eligible children and Governors will closely monitor the our effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.

Analysis of school in-year data shows that the attainment gap has narrowed between children eligible for Pupil Premium (PP) and Non Pupil Premium children (NPP). We have an increased number of Year groups and subjects where PP children are attaining higher than Non PP.