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Pupil Premium

What is Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) ?

The EYPP is a government initiative that targets additional funding (£302 per year per eligible child) to improve the education provided for 3 & 4 year olds whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formerly in local authority care, but who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. The principle behind the additional funding is to support the school to continue to improve children’s outcomes and to boost achievement of children who may be disadvantaged.

EYPP at Hindpool Nursery School

We are committed to support all children to achieve their full potential, regardless of their background and we aim to provide every child with learning experiences which promote and encourage confidence, independence and growth in all areas of their learning.

Governors have agreed that whilst EYPP must prioritise the achievement and well-being of disadvantaged pupils, the benefits of resources and services should, wherever possible, extend to include other pupils who would also benefit. We acknowledge that not all pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium are socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for Pupil Premium so our aim is to use our EYPP to the advantage of all.

Here at Hindpool Nursery School, this extra funding may be used in a variety of ways depending on the individual needs of the current cohort of pupils. This might include:

  • Increasing the staffing numbers so that children can be supported better in the classroom.
  • Targeted interventions for small groups or individual children in order to support their personal, social or emotional development, their language and communication skills, their literacy or mathematical skills.

Staff are very skilled at identifying and targeting areas for development in a child’s learning  and we carefully track and target areas for development to ensure pupils are given support to achieve and sustain expected progress.

How did we use the EYPP money and what was its impact?

It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school, so we welcome this additional funding which will help us give all the children attending our school the best start possible but It has been very difficult to measure the impact of the strategy in closing the gap this academic year because of the impact of COVID 19. The academic year covered a second period of ‘lockdown’ during which very few of the children were able or chose to attend.

Our Priorities are:

  • With the help of our families, to ensure that each child that is entitled to receive the funding is, to the best of our ability, quickly identified and appropriate provision and support put in place.
  • To continue to narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment/progress of those students entitled to pupil premium.
  • To support the more able pupil premium pupils to ensure they are stretched and targeted to meet their potential.

How will we do it?

  • Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged being able to achieve well particularly in the Prime Areas.
  • Continuing to offer targeted interventions for small groups or individual children in order to support their personal, social or emotional development, their language and communication skills and, where appropriate, their literacy or mathematical skills.

How will we measure the impact?

  • Children receiving Pupil Premium will be closely tracked throughout the year by key staff to ensure they are making good progress in their learning and development. This will be further measured by termly assessments.
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