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.
Number of Pupils and Pupil Premium Grant received for 2020/21
Total number of 3-4 year old pupils
Total number and % of pupils eligible for PP
Looked After Children
Early Years PP Total
12 chn = £3624
In 2020-21 this money was put towards providing an extra member of staff who worked with the children individually and in small nurture groups to enhance their learning in areas of the curriculum in which they were achieving less well. For most children this involved working on their 'Personal, Social and Emotional' development (PSE) and their 'Communication and Language' skills. For more able children, targets were set to extend their learning and development. In some areas of the curriculum children receiving Pupil Premium achieved better than those who were not.
What impact did the funding have?
% of Chn with PP
% of children who left Nursery in-line or above what is expected for their age in Personal, Social and Emotional Development
% of children who left Nursery in-line or above what is expected for their age in Communication and Language
After a review of the 2020/21 spending, the following are the key priorities for the year financial year 2021/22 and shows how we will spend the Pupil Premium allocated funds.
Our Priorities are:
- 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 impact?
- Children receiving Pupil Premium will be closely tracked through 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.