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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel.

It is important to support social and emotional development of pupils who face additional challenges to learning. Research shows that children need to have their basic physical, social and emotional needs met before true learning can occur.

At Iqra Academy, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be disadvantaged. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion for knowledge, and your dedication to learning that makes the difference between success and failure. We are determined to ensure that our pupils are given every chance to achieve their full potential.

Information to Parents

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used. Once information is available, the impact of the funding should also be reported.

“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Source – DfE website

Pupil Premium Spending

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.Through targeted interventions we are working hard to narrow the gap between pupils eligible for Pupil Premium and non eligible pupils. Our aim is to ensure that all groups of children make good progress and develop core skills in order to reach age related expectations.

Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition in all year groups. Additional support is also provided through lunchtime clubs, nurture group, interventions groups, booster classes, additional classroom support and an additional teacher to boost reading. All of these measures support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.

Learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English through Creative English courses. We also offer parental workshops for reading, Phonics and Year 2 & Year 6 SATs with the aim to make parents better equipped at supporting their children at home.

Pupil Premium Grant expenditure for the Academic Year: 2020/21

For the academic year 2020/2021 Iqra Academy received £172,470. Pupil Premium Report.

Pupil Premium Grant expenditure for the Academic Year: 2019/20

For the academic year 2019/2020 Iqra Academy received £184,7458. Pupil Premium Report.

Pupil Premium Grant expenditure for the Academic Year: 2018/19

For the academic year 2018/2019 Iqra Academy received £186,120. Pupil Premium Report.

How will the school measure the impact of the pupil premium?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Iqra Academy will will measure the impact of pupil premium through data collection, the monitoring and tracking of each year group’s attainment and through regular pupil progress meetings.

When selecting pupils for intervention groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item at governor meetings.

Academy Contact: Mrs Anwar-Bleem (Principal) and Mrs Lindup (SENDCo)

Barriers to Pupil Premium

The main barriers to learning for pupil premium pupils in our school are as follows:

– special educational needs as 23% of our pupil premium pupils are on the SEND register

– Emotional/social/behavioural difficulties which impact on pupils’ ability to focus on learning

– Low aspirations which can result in a poor attitude to school

– parental engagement

– low self-esteem

– lack of confidence

– Some pupils have narrow life experiences

– Complex family circumstances

– Poor attendance

We have a clear Pupil Premium plan, which shows how all our funding has been allocated (see Pupil Premium Plan). We have prioritised quality teaching for all and have made every effort to understand every pupil as an individual and tailored their programmes accordingly. We have linked teaching and learning interventions to classroom work, monitored attainment and intervened quickly to address learning needs. We have ensured TAs have the necessary training and expertise to deliver interventions, provide feedback particularly in phonics, early reading, reading and comprehension.

As a result of Covid all children have some gaps in learning and require intensive support to fill these gaps. However, gaps between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium pupils from baselines have been reduced in all year groups so that they are below 10%, except in Year 2 for reading where it is 12% but has been reduced significantly from baselines. The Pupil Premium funding has been used effectively to support quality first teaching, ensure deployment of staff to best support the needs of disadvantaged pupils and to remove barriers to learning. Tuition has been used as part of the funding to ensure that disadvantaged pupils from Years 3 – 6 received additional support in Maths.

Whilst the majority of our pupils are still working between 1 and 2 terms behind, we are proud of the progress that they have made since returning to school after 2 lockdowns.

Eligibility for free school meals and Pupil Premium

You can check your child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals through Bradford councils online system.

You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number.  In addition, you will need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.

Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat school meals, please apply online  or call into the office for a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school. If you need assistance applying please contact the school office where we will be happy help.

We strongly encourage all eligible parents/carers to apply for this status. No one will know who has registered and it will not affect any other benefits being claimed.
Any children who are entitled to free schools meals, whether they take them up or not, means that our school is given extra funding to help support our pupils needs.

2010 to 2015 government policy_ education of disadvantaged children – GOV.UK

Schools, colleges and children’s services _ Support for children and young people – GOV.UK