Pupil Premium Support During Coronavirus 2020
When schools went into lockdown in March 2020, Devon County Council was concerned about vulnerable families. Our staff team were quickly able to draw up a list of current family support being offered for families in receipt of free school meals, pupils on Education and Health Care Plans, or those families we knew would require support during this pandemic.
In April 2020 we were able to direct our new 2020/21 budget for Pupil Premium to ensure that staffing was available to maintain regular contact with pupils and their families.
We conducted a survey to ascertain whether children had any access to IT for their studies. Our survey enabled us to direct as many laptops and Ipads as possible to the families who needed them, in order to stay in touch with teachers.
Academic assessment was postponed by the Department for Education, for the year groups in Year One (phonics), Year Two (KS1 SATs), Year Four (Times-Tables) and Year Six (KS2 SATs) in Summer 2020. However we have maintained internal progress data, based on teacher assessment.
We have confidential data based on March 2020 in-year progress for all year groups, especially for those children on My Plans, EHC Plans and pupils in receipt of PP funding.
Once schools returned to full attendance in September 2020, teacher assessment was carried out at the end of September 2020.
We have been able to compare similar data over time. Our findings noticed a 20% drop in usual data and our School Development Plan for 2020/21 is robustly geared towards measures of Quality First Teaching, targeted interventions and KS2 pupils working in smaller classes for the Autumn term.
A more detailed Pupil Premium allocation and impact report will be published in Spring 2021.