Early Years Pupil Premium
National statistics have identified a gap between the educational attainment of children from ‘disadvantaged’ and ‘lower income’ families and their peers. In an attempt to narrow this gap the Government introduced the Early Years Pupil Premium in April 2015. This is some additional funding for children age 3-4 years which comes into schools in addition to their main budget, targeted directly at children fall into this category.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO OUR SCHOOL
When a child joins our nursery all parents are asked to complete a Pupil Premium form which helps us to assess if their child will be eligible for this extra funding, all information provided is treated in the strictest confidence and shared only with the County Council to confirm eligibility.
Schools are required to use this money to support the education of the eligible children and to narrow the gap between them and their peers and we will be held accountable for how we choose to use the additional funds.
As our numbers of children eligible for EYPP are relatively small we consider on an individual basis what their barriers to learning are and plan to support them accordingly.
Common barriers which have been identified are:
- Lack of support at home due to time and available resources
- Behavioural and emotional issues
- Communication and language difficulties
- Low confidence and self-esteem
- Turbulent or changing family circumstances
HOW WE PROPOSE TO NARROW THE GAP USING THIS FUNDING
Here at Frizington 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
· 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.
· Increasing the staffing numbers so that children can be supported better in the classroom.
· Providing additional resources or staff training to meet specific needs.
This year we propose to spend the EYPP funding on:
- providing extra nursery sessions/ free school lunches
- supporting individuals with language & mathematical development
- introducing well-being activities such as 'mindfulness & peer yoga'
Each year we will provide a full breakdown of how we use this funding to support the children and the impact it has on their achievement. We measure the effect on pupils by looking at their personal levels of achievement when they join the nursery and when they leave. We also look at attainment against the expected level for a child of their age and see if we have been effective in 'narrowing the gap' or for any higher achieving children in receipt of EYPP, that they have maintained or accelerated their expected level of progress.
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.
Over the academic year of 2019-20, 11 children who attended Frizington Nursery School received Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
The school received a total of £1947 for the autumn and spring terms (the school closed between March and June 2020 due to COVID 19 restrictions.)
£394.00 was used to provide extra nursery sessions including lunch club for children with the aim of encouraging improved attendance and developing social skills and providing a healthy meal.
£1000 was spent to provide strategic intervention sessions, both 1:1 or in very small groups, targeting to promote specific skills in individual children such as counting and appreciating books.
The remaining money, £550 contributed towards the cost of a member of staff to support an individual child with their physical development throughout their time in nursery.
Looking at the achievement of all children at the end of their time in nursery suggests that these actions was successful in 'narrowing the gap':
On joining nursery the average points score for children in receipt of EYPP was 19, compared to the expected point score of 34: there was a gap of 15 points. At the last assessment prior to ‘lockdown’ the gap had been narrowed to 6 points, with the average points score rising to 28 compared with the expected 34 points
There were improvements in the achievement of children in receipt of EYPP across all of the curriculum areas but these were most significant in:
- Communication and language development where the number of children reaching expected levels across the three strands rose from 22% on entry to 55% on exit.
- Personal, social and emotional development where the number of children achieving the expected level across the three strands also rose from 22% on entry to 55% on exit.
- Physical development where the number of children reaching expected levels across the two strands rose from 16% on entry to 66% on exit.
We plan to review our Pupil Premium Strategy in January 2021.