Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
Early Years Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children in the early years. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and other children in the cohort.
The amount of the EYPP grant is £302 per eligible pupil. Batford Nursery School is accountable for the use of the additional funding to support those pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium.
Number of Children eligible for EYPP in 2020/21
In the autumn term 2020 cohort, there were 15 children (14.14 PTE) eligible for EYPP funding. By summer term 2021 this number had risen to 22 children (21.77 PTE)
The grant received in the academic year 2020/21 was £5,228.71.
The range of need represented in this group includes speech, language and communication, social and emotional, SEND and limited pre-school experiences due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Our strategy for EYPP
We believe that the measure of successful spending should be in the raising of standards, the closing of the achievement gap and the broadening of opportunities. The principles for spending are linked to our aim to ensure teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils at Batford Nursery School. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. At Batford Nursery School we strive to improve opportunities and accelerate progress.
Our key strategies to close the attainment and progress gaps for Pupil Premium pupils at Batford Nursery school are:
- Quality first teaching – every child has the right to the highest quality of teaching throughout their time at Batford Nursery School. A rich, exciting and engaging curriculum is offered to all.
- Rigorous tracking of all pupils across the school on a termly basis. A member of the Senior Leadership Team is responsible for the analysis of data. Analysis is drilled down to groups and individual pupils in order to facilitate and target action for improvement, with a focus on closing the gap.
- Provision maps that name all underperforming Early Years Pupil Premium pupils.
We always consult with parents of EYPP children to ask for their ideas and feedback on how they think the grant should be spent.
Planned EYPP Spend 2021/22
The children eligible for EYPP will be identified in September 2021 and plans made to spend EYPP to maximise the benefit to those children based on their specific needs. As the year progresses, the SENCo will consider any staff training needs and these will be incorporated into expenditure plans.
This section will be updated once the cohort of children is known.
In general, spending of EYPP is focused on resourcing for the three Prime areas learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage, namely Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language and Physical Development. Children receive targeted nurture support, giving them the opportunity to use the purchased resources, which have been carefully chosen to meet the children's identified needs. We engage with parents via Tapestry about how we are using the EYPP funding to support their particular child.
The impact of the EYPP spending is measured through EYFS assessment data, teacher observations and through informal conversations with parents/carers as well as pupil voice.
Prior year EYPP spend
IFor an analysis of how EYPP funding was spent in 2020/21 and the impact of the early years pupil premium funding, please read or download the document below.