Pupil Premium Grant – Report on Spending 2019/20

The Pupil premium grant is additional funding given to schools so that they can support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

The academy received PPG funding based on the number of students at our school who are eligible for free school meals, as outlined below.

Total number of students on roll in 2019/20 (as of January Census) 1137
Number of students eligible for PPG 486
Value of PPG per student £942.80
Total value of PPG received £457,925

Use of the Pupil Premium Grant

Due to the closure of schools in March 2020 in light of the COVID pandemic, the PP grant was used for a number of resources used to support students through remote learning, such as access to chromebooks and revision materials.

  Spend (£)
Whole school Reading and Library

Beyond Words

Library/Book Spend

 

17,557

8,799

Staffing

HLTAs (x7)

Attendance officer

 

237,933

27,250

Intervention and tutoring

Mannings tutors

Year 11 Intervention (February to March)

Summer School

 

6,545

2,422

7,024

Additional resources

Revision Guides and textbooks

Tassomai (online learning for science)

Chromebooks for remote learning

Additional chromebooks awaiting dispatch

 

40,922

6,819

9,273

18, 546

Opportunities

Music Lessons

Brilliant Club

Sporting Equipment and opportunities

Opportunities fund (for trips etc)

 

12,779

3,840

13,117

20,000

Staff CPD 10,000
Total Spend  £ 458,831

Impact of the PP Grant and Next Steps

It is difficult to evaluate the impact of each activity independently. However, looking at the Year 11 GCSE data for our most recent cohort, we can see the gap has started to close in terms of progress, compared to last year. It is difficult to get an exact picture as grades were based on Centre Assessed Grades and the P8 figure is based on the 2019 cohort, not the 2020 cohort.

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 (P8 is estimated on last years results)
Pupil Premium 0.47 -0.04 0.03 -0.06 0.09
Non Pupil Premium 0.49 0.16 0.25 0.68 0.49
Gap  0.02 -0.19 -0.22 -0.74 -0.41

At Heartlands we have an unflinching belief in the ability of every child to make excellent progress given the right conditions for learning. In 2019/20, due to school closures in light of the COVID pandemic, we had to make changes to the way we spent the PP grant to support remote learning and transition back into school. Already, it is clear that these closures have impacted the progress of some students and we anticipate this to be most significant amongst our disadvantaged students. It is important that this year we make a clear long term plan that looks further than the end of the year, to ensure that we do all we can to close the gap and mitigate the time spent outside of the classroom and away from school.