Premium Statement

If your child is eligible for free school meals, their schools may also be entitled to receive a sum of money to boost their learning. This guide explains the ins and outs of the Pupil Premium for Heath Hayes Academy and its children.

What is the Pupil Premium?

Introduced in 2011, ​the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the  attainment of disadvantaged children​.

This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Research  showed that often, children who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills,  less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality compared to non-Pupil Premium children.  The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and  their classmates and their peers nationally.

Our key objectives in using the Pupil Premium funding are to ensure quality first teaching and widening of opportunity for all  children. We are passionate about diminishing the difference between pupil groups. As a school we have an excellent track  record of ensuring that pupils make strong progress. Through targeted inventions, we are working to eliminate barriers towards  learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make  accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations and more as they move through the school.

A Guide to Pupil Premium 

If your child is eligible for free school meals, their schools may also be entitled to receive a sum of money to boost their learning. This guide explains the ins and outs of the Pupil Premium for Heath Hayes Academy and its children.

Is your child eligible?

Schools are given a Pupil Premium for:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.
  • Children who have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. The school is awarded a premium of £2300.
  • Children who have parents in the forces. The school receives £300 for each service child. 

How is it spent at Heath Hayes Academy?

Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.

Common ways in which schools spend their Pupil Premium fund include:

  • Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
  • Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
  • Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
  • Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the Pupil Premium, for example in preparation for SATs.
  •  Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
  • Funding educational trips and visits.
  • Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
  • Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablet computers.

At Heath Hayes Academy, we have chosen to spend our Pupil Premium money to support the following areas which we have identified as being barriers to success for our Pupil Premium children:

  • Improve speaking, listening and understanding skills for pupils eligible for PP.
    • Speech and language intervention in school.
  • Increase attainment at age related for children who are eligible for PP.
    • Additional teaching assistants to work within the classroom and provide intervention. 
    • Easter school (Year 6)
    • Targeted intervention to further diminish differences
  • Improve access to a range of texts to support functional reading ages and engage children in a love of reading.
    • 100 books for KS1 & KS2
    • 50 books for EYFS 
    • Targeted books for phonics – EYFS & KS1
    • Fresh Start Intervention for KS2
    • Access to online books
  • Fund places for educational trips and visits for children eligible for the PP.
    • Residential trips
    • Visitors in to school
    • Visits out of school
  • Fund places for breakfast club and after school club for children eligible for the PP.
  • Provide school uniforms for children who are eligible for PP.
  • Provide pastoral support for children who are eligible to receive PP funding and their families. 
  • Provide nurture provision for children who are eligible to receive PP funding.
  • Increase sports activity and enjoyment within school time
    • Physical activity intervention 

All schools have to show that they are using their Pupil Premium fund appropriately. This is measured through Ofsted inspections and annual performance tables showing the progress made by children who are eligible for Pupil Premium. In Heath Hayes Academy’s Strategy Statement 2020/2021 (shown below), we show how much money we have been allocated, how we intend to spend it and how it is making a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim Pupil Premium. Please see the school app (Piota) for eligibility criteria.

For more information, please use the link below to download our statement.

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Heath Hayes Academy Pupil Premium Statement 2018-2019

Heath Hayes Academy Pupil Premium Statement 2019-2020

Heath Hayes Academy Review of spend 2019-2020

Heath Hayes Academy Pupil Premium Statement 2020-2021