School policies, premium statements and reports on our school cover every aspect of school life at GBP. Below are some of our most important policies, reports and statements for your reference.
If you want to know our policy, practice or procedure on something that is not listed, please ask the school office.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid to local authorities by a grant based on the January census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) in Reception to Year 11. It is allocated for children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings. For FSM and looked after children, school receives funding.
Please register your child if...
Please register your child if you are eligible using the easy online facility which has been launched by Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S). You can now check your eligibility for FSM. This self-service option is available at:
For this online service, all you need to do is enter your name, National Insurance number or Asylum number, address and your child’s details. Then press submit and find out if you are eligible. If the result comes back found, this means your child is eligible for FSM and the system automatically tells the school. You no longer have to find the paperwork and go into school to get it checked. As from April 2012, the Government has widened the coverage of the Premium to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since it is recognised that they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The Government has announced that £1 billion of funding has been earmarked for schools to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million 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 due to Covid-19.
The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil and this is based on the previous year’s census. The spending of this allocation will be for schools to allocate as they see best. To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation has published a support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students.
Our school has undertaken an extensive review of our curriculum which involved:
- Identification of areas of the curriculum that had not been taught in the 2019-20 academic year and areas that were not taught in the Spring term of 2021.
- How these learning gaps would affect children’s learning in the 2020-21 academic year and further beyond
- In depth handover with receiving teachers as to the strengths and areas for development of the cohort
- Review of subject leader action plans in order to assure close monitoring of progress in their subjects in light of the above
- Review of the PSHE curriculum to enable all pupils to focus on mental health and wellbeing
There are two broad aims for “catch up”
- Attainment outcomes in 2021/2022 for all year groups will be above National averages and at least in line with what Hampshire averages in the core subject areas.
- The wellbeing mental health needs of pupils are successfully met and supported by the school.
Therefore, the catch up funding will be used to:
- Provide additional well being and mental health resources where required.
- Provide additional adult support to help identified children to make accelerated progress through quality first teaching and targeted intervention to help eliminate gaps in learning across the curriculum - created as a result of the pandemic disrupting education.
- Adopt and purchase additional intervention apps and scheme of work programmes to further meet the needs of all children
All children will:
- Learn through well sequenced, purposeful series of lessons/units of work through our well-planned curriculum
- Focus on consolidating basic skills. These include: handwriting, spelling of high frequency words, basic sentence punctuation, times tables recall, basic addition & subtraction fact recall and reading skills relevant to age. We will also be ensuring that children have an opportunity to develop their writing stamina.
- Be provided with additional opportunities to practise and secure their basic core subject skills through their learning in the foundation areas of our curriculum
- Receive focused extra reading teaching and additional phonics catch up. This is always a focus in our school and will continue to be so in order to develop our children’s reading ability and extend their vocabulary. Additional phonics teaching will be put in for our Year 3 children, to enable them to catch-up from Year 2, with a particular focus on those children who did not pass their phonics test in Year 1.
- Receive quality feedback and ensure regular formative assessment practices continue (assessment for learning) as normal. Teachers will constantly assess to identify any gaps in individual's learning and adapt teaching/scaffold accordingly. This will involve teachers revisiting previous outcomes to consolidate understanding before moving onto new content outlined for this year.
- Receive quality teaching and support with wellbeing, mental health and social skills development. This will be at the core of everything we do in school for all children but being acutely aware that many children will have not been in formal school setting for a number of months.
In addition, a number of children will:
- Receive additional support and focus on basic core skills in the core areas. Supported by additional staffing utilising catch-up premium funding. This will be dependent on individual need as identified through ongoing assessment of children's understanding.
- Receive additional time to practice basic skills in all areas of the curriculum. This again will be dependent on need of individual children in order to re-establish good progress and there will be flexibility in the timetable to allow for this.
Below is our action plan for how the funding will be spent. This will be reviewed each term by Governors and Leaders.
If a parent/carer would like a paper copy of the information found in this section, please contact our school office and this can be produced free of charge.