The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools in respect of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. As from 2012-13 this will also include students eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit to "close the gap" between children from disadvantaged circumstances and those above the low-income threshold, it is not linked to a specific child, but is to be used for overall impact. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support students from low-income families.
In 2015/16 funding was spent on:
We identified that a large proportion of PP students accessed our Counsellor and Wellbeing Team on a regular basis. We, therefore, used a large proportion of the funding to expand the team in order to better meet the individual students’ medical, social and emotional needs to ensure improved attendance and learning.
Support for Educational Visits e.g. Cultural visit to Strasbourg.
External agency workshops to support student learning.
Individual support for revision materials.
Funding GCSE Pod, an online resource to support examination preparation for Key Stage 4.
Funding for places on the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
In 2016/17 we intend to spend funding on:
Statistics indicate that the developments introduced in 2015/16 are having an impact, therefore, we intend to continue with similar support.
In order to make PP funding more accessible we intend to provide an application form for parents to request specific support.
How it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils:
Inspection Dashboard 2015 states that
Overall KS4 Progress 8 was broadly average or above for disadvantaged pupils
Overall KS4 value added was broadly average or above for disadvantaged pupils
From at least 5 out of every 6 starting points, the proportion of disadvantaged KS4 pupils making and exceeding expected progress in English & in mathematics was similar to that of other pupils nationally.
Disadvantaged KS4 pupils had an average point score equal to or above the national score for other pupils overall, in English & mathematics.
The proportion of disadvantaged KS4 pupils that attained 5ACEM was equal to or above the national figure for other pupils.
The proportion of disadvantaged KS4 pupils that attained the EBacc was equal to or above the national figure for other pupils.