What is Pupil Premium?
The government allocates a sum of money to school which is called the ‘Pupil Premium’. This is to improve the educational chances of students who may find circumstances outside school challenging due to financial hardship or other issues. The four identified groups are: students who are entitled to free school meals or had been entitled in the last six years (FSM Ever 6), students who have a parent working for the armed forces (a Service child), children in local authority care (LAC) and children adopted from care (Post-LAC).
Funding for 2017/18 is £935 per FSM Ever 6 student, £1,900 per LAC and Post-LAC, £300 per Service child. This will be spent on targeted additional support strategies and interventions resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:
- Improve their levels of attainment and progress
- Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
- Have full access to our curriculum
- Access our extra-curricular provision and enrichment
- Access appropriate support for their mental health and well-being
Free school meals
In order to be eligible to apply for Free School Meals parents/guardians must be in receipt of one 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
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy catch-up premium
The Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium is an additional fund to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standing in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Historically, this has meant students failing to achieve level 4 in either area. Due to changes in assessment and reporting at Key Stage 2, in 2016 to 2017 schools will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the year 7, based on October 2016 census. In the last academic year, we received £15.000 We are due to receive the funding for this academic year in February 2017.
We plan to use the funding to maintain the provisions, interventions and improvements to resources we have used in the previous academic year. The strategies have worked well in improving rates of progression in the previous year 7 cohort making them one of the fastest improving year groups in the school.
The catch up funding was used in a number of areas. Firstly, to ensure quality first provision we increased staffing in the core areas of maths and English to enable us to dedicate increased curriculum time to these subjects and smaller class sizes.
We timetable discrete reading lessons in our library utilising the Accelerated Reading programme to differentiate and challenge all levels of readers. In addition, we employ a full time librarian who curates the library stocks to meet the needs and interests of our students and we have invested in books that engage reluctant readers. We have used the funding to improve the fabric of the library making it a comfortable and inviting space for students in their reading lessons and at break and lunchtimes.
HLTA in literacy, HLTA SALT, and TA with strong mathematical skills strengthen support in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Investment in CPD for the TAs using MPTA strategies further increases their impact with our less confident and independent learners. Catch up programmes include Sound Training, Ruth Miskin's Fresh Start Phonics and Lexia are used on targeted groups.
CATs testing as part of our transition model enables planning for the curriculum tailored to the incoming year 7 cohort and ensures our teaching groups are mixed ability which is evidenced to benefit lower and middle ability students especially in the area of mathematics.