The Pupil Premium is extra allocated funding that is received by schools to assist in raising the attainment of, and increasing the opportunities for, students within the school in identified key groups.
The amount of funding allocated to schools is based on the number of students on-roll who are…
- Currently in receipt of free school meals (or who have been in receipt of free school meals within the last 6 years).
- In care or adopted from care.
- Children of parents in the armed forces/ services.
Schools are able to decide how best to allocate this extra funding, but we do have to demonstrate that any money spent offers good value versus the benefits/ impact it provides.
This year (17-18) we have 4 priorities for how we wish to allocate our additional funding to help support and improve learning and access for students eligible for the Pupil premium:
- Literacy levels, lower school – on average, literacy levels of students eligible for the Pupil premium are lower than for other students; some of the funding will be used to address these differences on entry for Year 7 and to further enhance the improvements made last year for Pupil premium eligible students moving through Year 8.
- Progress measures indicate that for Pupil premium eligible students the amount of progress made per year, as they move through the school, is lower than that of other students; some of the funding will be used to target support across the curriculum to bring levels of attainment up and so decrease these differences.
- Attendance levels are lower, and the amount of persistent absence higher, for students eligible for the Pupil premium; some of the funding will be used to decrease the barriers to attending school and help us work to improve access to learning for these students.
- Participation within extra-curricular activities and uptake of opportunities relating to Post 16 preparation are lower amongst Pupil premium eligible students; some of the funding will be used to increase access to such opportunities and provide additional support for these students.
In allocating Pupil premium funding to these areas we take a 3 tiered “wave” approach, exemplified in the model:
- Wave 1 approaches are about ensuring the best possible classroom experience for students. They are about providing high quality learning opportunities within all lessons.
- Wave 2 interventions are additional strategies, carefully planned and targeted to provide further support where wave 1 approaches have not had the success we would hope.
- Wave 3 interventions are highly personalised programmes, designed around and with individual students to cater for specific needs and provide bespoke solutions.
Details as to how we plan to address the 4 priorities across this academic year are available in our 17-18 strategy document available here.
Pupil premium – numbers of students (as at November 2017)
Year 7: 50/103 = 49% of year group
Year 8: 49/139 = 35%
Year 9: 43/115 = 37%
Year 10: 35/107 = 33%
Year 11: 38/107 = 36%
Total: 215/571 = 38% of school cohort
Pupil premium – attendance and persistent absence
Information about attendance figures for this academic year are available here.
Pupil Catchup Funding £11,487
This funding has contributed to:
- Subject specific Teaching Assistant – English:
- Subject specific Teaching Assistant – Maths
- Licence for Accelerated Reader
- Low level engaging reading stock
- Librarian –trained with AR, administration, monitoring and tracking, reading support and guidance
- IDL – Indirect Dyslexia Learning for spelling
- Times Table Rock stars – Maths
- Maths intervention teacher – 1 day/wk for 1 term