In April 2011 the government introduced Pupil Premium Funding. This is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
- Pupil Premium Funding is available to students who meet the following criteria:
- Students who are eligible for Free School Meals
- Students who have been in receipt of Free School Meals during the last six years (Ever 6).
- Looked after children
- Students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces
- Students who have been adopted from care under the 2002 Adoption and Children’s Act or who are under a special guardianship or residency order.
For students who meet one or more of these criteria there are, potentially, a number of barriers to learning that can be identified, these are:
- Low aspirations
- Poor attendance
- Difficult family circumstances
- Access to additional resources such as revision guides, school materials or school trips.
Pupil Premium Funding 2019/2020
During the current academic year we have 153 students who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding, and we anticipate receiving £144000 this year. We will use this funding to support students in a variety of ways; additional tuition, educational school trips, music lessons, school expenses such as uniform, ingredients, stationery and revision guides, support services such as counselling, family support and in school pastoral managers and our Education Welfare Officer (EWO) who manages attendance.
Our Vulnerable Pupil Coordinator, Mrs Pemberton, is in place to track and monitor the academic progress of those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, as well as other pupils deemed to be vulnerable. Where academic progress is considered to be a concern, additional support can be introduced through working with the intervention team, additional one to one tuition by subject specialists (English and Maths) or additional support within the classroom.
We have a pastoral manager, who monitors Pupil Premium students and support them if there are any barriers to their learning and to ensure maximum engagement. They have a non-teaching role and so are available to support vulnerable children throughout the school day.
Additional members of our Pastoral Team include a Student Support Officer, an intervention teacher and a Careers Advisor and additional adult support in lessons to support students who may be at risk of failing to achieve. These members of staff have a focus on working with identified children to ensure that they are able to achieve and understand the next steps in their education and future careers.
One of our key foci is supporting children with their attendance; our EWO has a percentage of her time allocated to monitoring and ensuring that children have high levels of attendance and punctuality. Children cannot learn if they are not in school and, as such, this will continue to be a key focus as we move through this academic year.
We recognise the value of support from external services. We employ the services of a Family Liaison Service – Malachi; this service provides support to families experiencing difficulties, with the aim of supporting family relationships and improving emotional resilience as this can have a significant impact on learning. We also employed the services of ‘dare2dream’ who offers a bespoke programme of support for students to improve their emotional well-being and in turn have a positive impact on mental health.
To ensure that all our students have opportunities to enjoy and achieve, we also provide additional support to children through the purchase of resources to support their learning; revision guides, music lessons, contributions to uniform, stationery, Year 11 Prom and Year Book and educational visits. These additional purchases are tailored to the child’s needs. We have chosen this approach to ensure that we address the potential barriers to learning that students may face. For some students this may or may not include educational barriers and social barriers as well; we also want to ensure that our Pupil Premium students have the same opportunities as other students.
Pupil Premium 2018/2019
Throughout the academic year 2017/2018 we received £137,295 and we spent our Pupil Premium allocation on:
- Additional one to one tuition for vulnerable pupils from our specialist teachers
- Intervention support for students in Key Stage 4
- External counselling services
- Educational resources such as revision guides and trips.
- Designated careers advisor to support students at key transition points
- Pastoral managers to support students
- EWO to help monitor and promote good attendance.
Impact of the Pupil Premium
|Attainment/Progress 8 Summary|
|Average Total Attainment 8||44.47|
|Average Estimated A8||44.86|
|Average Total Progress 8||0.25|
|P8 Upper Confidence Interval||0.86|
|P8 Lower Confidence Interval||-0.37|
|Pupils Included (Progress 8 Coverage)||17|
|P8 Lower Confidence Interval||-0.653|
|Average Total Progress 8 (Unadjusted) ?||0.25||0|
|Progress 8 score for disadvantaged – English element||-0.15|
|Progress 8 score for disadvantaged – Maths element||0.52|
|Progress 8 score for disadvantaged – Ebacc element||-0.23|
|Progress 8 score for disadvantaged – open element||0.81|