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Pupil Premium Grant

Each year we receive a Pupil Premium Grant which is an allocation per pupil eligible for Free School Meals or Looked After Children.

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.

The Government’s Pupil Premium Programme supports the achievement and progress of our students. The grant is to help narrow the gap in performance and improve the quality of teaching and learning for vulnerable groups of children. At Prendergast School we aim for every student to have the same opportunities and access to outstanding teaching and learning and support.

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.

1. Teaching

2. Targeted academic support

3. Wider approaches

To read our Pupil Premium Strategy, please visit our Policies page.

Recovery Premium

To further support the education recovery of young people following the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced a recovery premium which schools can use to support students in catching up. The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium grant, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.  

Schools should spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s 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

Summer School

Money received: £20,000

Money spent: £20,000

Summer School 2022-23 occurred in the last week of the Summer holidays and was an inclusive week offered to all transitioning Year 7 students with a particular focus on ensuring our SEND and potentially vulnerable students attended. As a school with a range of feeder primaries across the area, we were committed to ensuring it was a week that all students could attend to support them to build friendships and strengthen relationships with staff ahead of the school year. 

Over 80 students attended the Summer School and were able to partake in a range of academic and enriching activities throughout the week from sports activities, additional subject support (such as English and maths), arts-based activities such as drama and visiting the theatre, and wellbeing-based activities such as team building or ‘getting-to-know-you’ exercises. 

The funding we received from both the Department for Education and the Mayor of London's Stepping Stones Transition Programme allowed us to build a range of activities for students as part of the Summer School offer as well providing qualified teachers, Teaching Assistants, support staff and resources to ensure quality in our provision for all students. Throughout the week the funding allocated also enabled us to offer refreshments for attending students.

Additionally, the funding supported the school to advertise and promote the event across the borough to all primaries and parents ensuring the event was well attended and a significant portion of our new Year 7s experienced the provision.