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What is it?
The Pupil Premium is additional school funding for children eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. It is up to the school to decide how it spends this money to raise achievement and improve outcomes for these pupils.
In 2016/17 academic year, the school received £135,957 Pupil Premium for 155 students, most of whom attracted the deprivation funding and a very small number the Armed Forces and Looked After Children funding. This academic year, we have £139,300 allocated for 152 students.
The Pupil Premium is used to support the school´s ´personalised learning´ ethos and to remove barriers to learning. This is achieved through a variety of initiatives targeting specific groups of students with particular needs and helping raise their level of attainment including:
- Lexia – a phonics program that helps students to improve their reading, writing and spelling
- Accelerated Reader – a program that enables the school to provide reading material tailored to each individual students´ reading ability, so they read at an appropriate level for them, which encourage progress and improves literacy
- Inclusion – enhanced provision for students who need high levels of staff support outside the classroom setting
- Literacy intervention – a member of staff supporting small groups and individuals with reading, handwriting, comprehension and spelling
- After School Clubs – a wide range of after school clubs which are free to attend and provide students with an opportunity to learn new skills.
- Homework Club – provides bespoke support for students after school with their Independent Learning
- SEAL Course – an emotional literacy course which helps students to understand feelings and emotions and helps them with their relationships with peers
- Breakfast, break and lunch clubs – provided free with pastoral support and social interaction
- Mentoring – a one-to-one experience in which students are mentored by retired and current professionals
- Holiday intervention sessions – booster, catch-up and revision sessions provided during school holidays
- Music Tuition – free musical instrument tuition for students on Free School Meals
- Student Support Officers - full-time, non-teaching staff providing academic monitoring, guidance and support
- Attendance Team - a team of dedicated staff who work closely with individual parents and students to ensure maximum attendance at school
- Just B – youth counselling services providing emotional and psychological support to young people aged 11 to 19 in school
- Year 6 transition programme and Year 6 literacy and numeracy programmes - to remove barriers to learning for targeted students before they arrive in Year 7
- Careers advice from a dedicated adviser employed by the school
- Learning outside the classroom, for example, off-site English, maths and science master sessions
In addition to these initiatives, the Pupil Premium is also used to fund:
- One free set of school uniform for all Year 7 students who are eligible for PP funding to enable parents and carers to support the school uniform policy and further financial support for those most in need
- Nutritious snacks and drinks prior to some morning exams to ensure that students have the best possible start to the exam
- High quality weekly professional development for staff to support their delivery of personalised learning
- Support with incidental costs for those most in need, such as additional items of clothing and equipment
- Net books for eligible students who do not have access to a PC at home
- Transport on occasions where there is a clear benefit and parents are unable to make alternative arrangements
- Providing items for school that would normally be provided by parents e.g. stationery, revision guides, calculators
- Meeting the cost of trips where there is a clear benefit to students but parents are unable to contribute
- Various costs that other schools charge to parents, such as work experience placement fees or equipment
- The achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers was narrowed from -22% to + 6% in English and from 22% to 11% in maths since 2012. In 2016, 75% of disadvantaged pupils achieved expected progress in English compared with 69% of other pupils. This is a 16% increase over the last 4 years for disadvantaged students achieving 3 levels of progress in English. In 2016 71% of disadvantaged pupils achieved expected progress in maths compared with 82% of other pupils. This is a 22% increase over the last 4 years for disadvantaged students achieving 3 levels of progress in maths. This is strong evidence that the Pupil Premium is not only helping those students to achieve better results, but is also helping narrow the gap between the achievement of all students and those who attract deprivation funding.
- The Pupil Premium funding has been vital in maintaining a personalised approach to learning, to give students a high level of support. Students are keen to attend the additional extracurricular sessions and are supported with meeting the cost of school uniforms, transport, educational visits and music tuition, which means that all students have an equal opportunity for a rewarding experience.
The impact of the activities funded by the Pupil Premium is reviewed regularly and the progress of each student is tracked using our Raising Stars system. The activities that the Pupil Premium has funded have proved highly successful and are expected to continue into next year.e end of Key Stage 3.